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The notion of belonging is one of the four so called ordering principles that the eminent psychotherapist Bert Hellinger and others talk of. Our rational brains might get caught up in the notion of “what is belonging?“ but at any moment in any place, we instinctively know whether we belong or not. This equally applies to our work and non-work lives: it could be the organisation we work in or consult with, any social groupings or clubs we are part of, or the community or country where we live. It is a fundamental part of being a human being that we need to belong and we notice when we don’t belong.
Why is it that there are still not enough women in senior leadership positions? It’s clearly highly complex and I am offering just one perspective on it.
Our expertise is in supporting CEOs, Board Directors and senior leadership teams to learn. In order to learn, we often need to unlearn. Being open to the possibility of learning when you are already successful is both essential and really tough at the same time. As a CEO said to me recently: “if I am honest, I think I know. Generally I think I am right”. And the truth is that he probably is right, whatever that means, a lot of the time. Otherwise he would not have become a CEO. But the very statement sends a shiver down my leadership development coaching spine!