Chaos? Bring it!

Chaos? Bring it!

“No chaos, no creation. Evidence: the kitchen at mealtime.” -Mason Cooley

Have you ever felt like you were in a swirling tidepool, a whirlpool spinning so fast you couldn’t possibly escape? You know, the kind of feeling that your entire life is chaos and you have absolutely no control?

I know I get like that sometimes; and when I do I try to remember what Mason Cooley said.chaos

Leadership is like that. When doing what effective leaders do, which is what we all strive to do when being leaders, we want to make change happen. Leadership is about change. It’s about changing the world around us. It’s about changing people. It’s about changing ourselves.

Change is chaos.

Oh, I know we would like to believe change can happen in a controlled, well-defined way; but, truthfully, it rarely does. The kind of change leaders like to make happen involves people. People are messy. Change is messy. Thus, chaos.

The most effective leaders get that. They are willing to live with that. It’s okay.