Experiencing Inside-Out Leadership
Inside-Out Leadership, a six day course, ran for the second time between 5-11 September 2015. Thirteen women and 10 men from eight countries, with an average age of 29 years old, gathered in the quiet village of Lalova by the Nistru River, 90 minutes from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. The venue was a family hosted centre, Hanul Hanganu, built in a traditional style using local materials and offering local vegetarian food. The course invitation read:
'The idea of this course is that a positive difference in the world begins with making a positive difference in our own lives. The emphasis is less on tools for change, and more on you as a tool for change. It is for individuals who think that "who" I am is as important as what I "do".'
Victor Levinta, Marketing Manager at Medpark International Hospital in Chisinau, shares his experience.
There is no need for a lot of words to describe me and my life. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, my mom and dad decided that I will be born in the Republic of Moldova and my name will be Victor. I had a tough education from my parents, school, university, friends, TV and wild neighbourhoods in a post-Soviet country. The main lessons I learnt were to never give up, help yourself, cherish your parents, and trust nobody. After a long chain of events in my professional life, I now work in a hospital filled with suffering people who came to us desperately looking for a cure. My job is to create and maintain the image of helpfulness, trust, quality and professionalism.
A couple of weeks ago I received a link with an invitation to the training ‘Inside-Out Leadership’, organised by Initiatives of Change and Initiative Mittel- und Osteuropa eV. The training topic was something new for me and very intriguing. My instincts told me that a big change in my life will happen there. I applied and was accepted after my second try.
Now I can say just one thing – I am different. Let me explain why.
I spent six days away from civilisation, in nature, together with another twenty two bright minds, and Bhavesh Patel gently facilitating all of us diving inside ourselves. Day by day our journey was deeper and deeper. At every step we were facing our thoughts, emotions, feelings, fears, dreams and weaknesses. Bhav bravely took the responsibility to guide our own inner work to the ‘light’. The ‘light’ is a special condition of the soul, body, mind and spirit, where each one of us feels a connection to the deepest inside of us, where we find the whole world, where all is one.
Why would we need all of it? The reason is simple – we want to change the world, to make it a better place to live, and it is possible only by changing ourselves!
Theory plus practice, practice plus theory, simple games, complex games, mind games, joy, fun, words, mimicry, creativity, imagination, emotions, and a lot of other tools were used to explore the path, outside-in and inside-out. We took a close look at our values, we analysed them, we measured and weighed them, we selected them by priority and used them to explore and guide our decisions. We shared the stories of our lives, it showed us how and why we became who we are. We drew together our maps of the world and we understood that they are very different even if we all look so similar. A lot of discussions, deep questions, revelations and disclosures were experienced in order to come closer to our purpose – self-discovery for the sake of the world.
Now, I am sitting in the front of my computer and I am asking myself a question – was this training useful or not for me? The first answer coming to my mind is – this training changed my life! Is it possible to get a better result for the organisers? I don't think so!
You, one of the few people reading these words right now, please, do not stop trying to become an inside-out leader, an individual who offers themselves in service of others. Always try to appreciate and learn from the world inside you and around you before you act. Keep yourself open, let others come first, be the change, share what motivates and inspires you, at home, at work, in the park, with family, friends, colleagues and new people.
This training and these ideas must be kept alive, developed and shared, because all that we experienced in six days is just one step in a long journey of becoming a new type of human being, ‘Homo Lucis’ – Person of Light.