No Longer A Leader

I was raised to be a strong leader throughout school and with various jobs, and while I’ve been successful in many leadership roles, I’m discovering that I no longer identify as a leader. Vipassana meditation is about one’s personal journey. The reality that this journey is discovered almost entirely within one’s own body is powerful. It means that to be the best person I can be, I must walk the path for myself. I can’t rely on other people to tell me where and how to walk. In the same way I can’t expect someone to lead my life for me, I can’t expect anyone to reach their potential by following me. They need to discover their own path the same way I’ve needed to discover mine.

I’m not devaluing the importance of titles and hierarchies. In our global community of complex interconnected pieces, detailed organization is essential. We need managers to be managers and mentors to be mentors. But instead of being driving, determined, win at all costs leaders, we simply need to be role models of behaviors we believe in. Let individuals figure out who their own role models are and discover what communities they best fit into.

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to discover how to be the best leader that I can, but meditation is showing me that the most valuable thing I can do in this world is walk a noble path and let other people make their own choices. There’s only so much I can do before I’m getting in the way of people walking their own paths. All I can do is role model what I’ve found to be right for me, and trust everyone else to walk their own path. Time to meditate.


About Ryan Shelton

In March of 2010 I discovered a path to peace and happiness through a 10-day Vipassana meditation course in the tradition of S.N. Goenka. After establishing my personal practice, and witnessing how it changed my way of life, I'm now curious to explore how the growing community of meditators can help to support each other and make the world a better place.
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2 Responses to No Longer A Leader

  1. Me, too.

    Happy walking, L

  2. Branden says:

    Leading for you is growingly inward. Now, you are leading your own life by way of your own actions.You’re beginning to own your walk. That is pure leadership.

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