Leadership Lessons from Dance – Choices

Recently during a salsa group lesson on spins my instructor, Marcus Negron, pointed out that sometimes we talk about our body as though it is a different entity from ourselves rather than owning that we are choosing to do something. When we fall out of a spin we might say, “I don’t know why I’m stepping to the side or back” rather then owning that we needed to step harder, squeeze our legs together more, or strengthen our core.

We so often accept what we have always done as how it will always be and in so doing (consciously or unconsciously) give up our ability to choose to change ourselves and what we produce.

Below are some of the ways I see parallels between this dance lesson and some everyday leadership lessons. Please share in the comments below the lessons you take away.

  • So often can’t is in our vocabulary before we even try on new opportunities or skills. We have a choice! If we tell ourselves we can’t then we will believe it and make that our reality.
  • Rather then blame our circumstances or environment we can look inside ourselves and see what is in our locus of control and maybe doing something differently or thinking about it differently (perspective) can have an impact on the end product.

The following quotes came to mind as I reflected on these lessons:

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” ~Henry Ford

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” ~Albert Einstein

All in all, remember that you have more power, control, and choice then you might acknowledge. Look for areas where you may be letting things slide and choose the level of effort, attention, commitment, time, energy, etc. you want to commit to reach your potential excellence.

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One comment on “Leadership Lessons from Dance – Choices

  1. Love that you wrote up a lesson from yesterday! I definitely find it entirely too easy to blame mistakes on my lack of dance background/experience instead of figuring out what needs to be fixed and working to correct my errors. And this certainly applies to more than just dance! Thanks for the key takeaways.

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