Trust and Spirituality
These are centuries old, Kwakwaka'wakw copper baby bracelets that came to me with my children. Just before I knew that I was pregnant, I looked down at the beach in front of the ancient village of Mimkwamlees and found each of these. The first one was for my son Gala'dzi and the second, several years later, was for my daughter, Gwa'wina. I believe that these bracelets and my children are gifts to me from the spirit world. At a recent potlatch, a chief explained that the spirit world is where we come from before we are born and where we go back to after we die.
Indigenous leadership is rooted in trust and spirituality based on honesty and heartfelt connections. These aspects of indigeneous leadership counter and reject all forms of trickery. Indigenous spirituality is based on ways of knowing and belief systems supported by connections between the earth, her creatures, other humans and ourselves. Indigenous leadership knows that wisdom and support will come from the spirit world. We just need to lead from the heart and act in ways that are supportive of the earth, our cultures, our communities and ourselves.
Development of mutual respect, trust and understanding are essential to indigeneous leadership explains some steps that I took to build a circle of indigenous advisors to support me with my practicum.
Brene Brown gives us the words to be vulnerable talks about the importance of vulnerability in building trust.
Honesty is essential to trust speaks to the importance of truthfulness when seeking to build trust.
Anti-oppressive talk first asks that we be completely honest with our teams about the oppressive aspects of our work in order to promote trust.
Reject emotional detachment and lead from the heart speaks to the way that non-indigenous leadership can discourage the inclusion of emotional approaches.
Leadership in turbulent times is spiritual is Margaret Wheatleys explanation of the importance of spirituality in leadership.