In your leadership role, you will naturally be the one who notices what’s missing or wrong in a given situation. Your keen awareness is a strength you employ to help keep everything on track. 

Beyond the understanding that the best leaders are unconditionally constructive, not just hawk-eye critics, is the concept of “wabi-sabi.” 

Nothing’s ever perfect – Nothing’s ever finished – Nothing lasts forever.

In addition to “wabi-sabi” being fun to say, it also has a great definition as it means to find beauty within the imperfections of life. 

When’s the last time you sat and thought about someone who annoys you or something that repels you with an intention to find the good?

When’s the last time you sat and thought about your own scars and examined them to find the good?

I’ve heard various people comment that there isn’t a lack of beauty in the world, just a lack of people looking for it.

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The key word is “acceptance.” Similar Western-speak might be “it is what it is.”   Deepening more than only the acceptance of “what is,” the best leaders intentionally seek something elegant in the flaw. 

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