Three movies have rocked my world: the original Star Wars (15 years old) Saving Private Ryan, and now Avatar. Sure, the 3-D was cool, and the battle scene animation was…well, out of this world. However, the message of love and connectedness is what is sticking with me. And I hope it sticks with you too.
“I see you,” were the words. The storytellers cleverly used a new culture and a new language to add a powerful subtext to the simple phrase that children in our culture use when playing Hide and Seek.
In this new context, understanding the double and triple meanings can help inspire us to be better people, and better leaders. First, it means: I see into you–into your soul, to the very essence of you. Second, it means: I see into you, and I respect you for who you are – not for what you do, or what you are going to become, but for who you are, right now. And third, it means: I cherish your gifts and your presence.
Think about it: when was the last time you expressed the “I see you” concept to anyone: I respect you for who you are, right now, and I cherish your gifts and your presence.
Can you imagine how much more productive your employees — your followers — would be if they knew you cared for them in this way? How much more happy, and healthy could your family be if they knew you cared for them in this way?
Sometimes leadership, and changing the world is more about “seeing” than doing.