Supplication - A Sense of Purpose in Enterprise Leaders

Not once or twice, time to time I question myself -- Why sometimes it’s so difficult to convey a message?

Do I lack in creativity?

Where should I search for the inspirations and ideas to call out my aesthetic soul? 

At times, I feel that my mind is crying loud for that simple yet endowed phrase to put my thoughts on the blank page. But nothing stirs the self.

This happened quite a lot, whenever I sat down to write on Supplication and Leadership. I did not get enough words to define this connection. I know what is Supplication and I know what defines Leadership. But when I start to look both at the same time, I failed to see and forge the bond.

But a miracle happened. Some days ago, I noticed the phrase “Making Request” while editing some of the Temenos content. Now, here is an interesting thing - I actually never searched “What does Supplication mean in google” (because I thought, this can’t be easily definable.) I read so many articles, even went as far as to watch more than ten videos on youtube, where I saw leaders giving various talks on supplication. I got some insights but it didn't give me an unique interpretation which I can present to my audience.

Finally, when I searched the meaning in Google, it showed “Request” as one of the closest definitions. Once again, I reminded myself, don’t underestimate the almighty google. There were other phrases in the result box but this word made me visualize my blog.

Making the request, Requesting, Invitation, Permission - I have heard Siraj and Susan using these countless times. If you have attended any of our webinars or talks, you must have heard too.

As per my current understanding, Supplication starts with a sense purpose. It doesn’t get activated in leaders if there is no deep sense of purpose, fuelling in the unfiltered consciousness. In a sense, this is an ambiance of elegance and refinement that comes when you exhibit passion towards the purpose you serve.

In an organization, a leader’s true desire to become an enabler for many big things makes him/her closer to the culture and people. The moment you get closer (i.e. to the innate part of the organization), you start to see many things. You begin to communicate with the elements which you thought to be non-existent or imaginary. For example, a Leader doing work by understanding the action impact and the results of his action linking to something bigger.

blog temenos.jpgTemenos addresses this “something big” as a “Container”. And we all are part of some container that has a bigger purpose. When a leader comes in a container he sees both good and bad things (As I mentioned, you become closer to the system and culture.) Even after seeing those, a leader with supplication never rejects the system. He accepts it.

Because he understands, wrong things have happened because of collective individual actions, including himself. Now, there is nothing he can do about the past, but he can put true efforts on building strategies and ways to preserve and improve the process. That’s why he seeks the permission or the invitation to change things. 

“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”

Carl Sagan


In the same context, I remember a beautiful dialogue of Siraj, “The best leaders I know talk to their organizations. They are just in love with their culture and work. The moment they get the mastery in Yugen, Supplication & Containeering, they start to have dialogues with their organization. And the first thing they say is - You are beautiful & I admire you. He also says, Supplication has three stages: Acknowledge, Appreciate and Admire.”

The challenges in activating supplication in Enterprise leaders would be
1. The roadblocks to close the gap between the leaders and the organization (Including the individuals working in it) i.e. initiating a different level conversation and passivity for listening.

“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.”

William Hazlitt

2. Some ideas like Supplication are very hard to make tangible and often creates confusion. Because it’s a fruitless trial -- when you attempt to comprehend Supplication with inattentive sentiments rather than touching it with humility.

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

C.S. Lewis

3. Supplication is a transformation of an individual’s self-awareness. In some cases, which may not be possible just with self-encouragement. For that, Organizations need coaches/mentors who can introduce to the mental models that quote Supplication as an important key to leadership skills and able to direct the flow of communications happening there.

Why do we need to cultivate Self-awareness?

Leaders without an active self-awareness do not realize that the people around them know -- who they truly are (what kind person and attitude they have) long before they start to understand themselves. Which I believe a leader shouldn’t become.

“Find your own rhythm. Seek your own alignment.” -

- Jane Dunnewold

Today’s leadership is not anymore about shiny charisma or inborn talent. It’s more on the personal side. When you understand what you want to be, how you want to be and how your leadership story should be -- you can transform into a leader who strives supplication.

P.S. This is it for today. Let’s discuss more on this, as I explore more sides of the topic. Till then, Adios :-)

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