Becoming Visible

by  Becky Robinson  |  Self Leadership

“The most important decisions of our lives will require us to forsake invisibility and risk becoming visible. Whenever you choose to seize a divine moment, you move from the isolation of invisibility to the dangers of visibility in order to make what is invisible visible.”   Erwin McManus

Last night, near dusk, we spotted a turkey in the ravine behind our home. Well-camoflauged, it blended into the brown tree trunks and leaves. I had to strain my eyes to see it. Even then, I could barely distinguish the turkey from the landscape. It was only because I stood still — waiting — that I could see it at all.

Far more visible were the cardinals I saw earlier in the day, while out jogging. Their bright red feathers announced their presence, their bold hues a sharp relief to the brown bare branches where they landed.

Wild turkeys wear safe colors to blend with their surroundings; male cardinals strut their color to attract the attention of other birds.

In our lives, we can choose to be safe and comfortable — we can choose to fade into the background, barely noticeable, invisible —or, we can choose to take a risk — we can choose to be bold, show our colors, call attention to ourselves, become visible to the world around us.

You cannot make a difference while remaining invisible, safe, comfortable, and alone.

To make a difference as leaders, we must make the choice to be visible.

How can we become visible to the world around us?

We can stand for something. To make a difference as leaders, we need to stand for something. In the Lead Change group, we stand for making a positive difference in the world around us through character-based leadership. We are standing up to say that who we are as leaders is of primary importance.

We can stand together. Alone, it is easier to fade into the crowd. Together, we cannot be ignored. When we join together, the strength of our numbers sends a powerful message to others. We are a powerful us. When we stand together, others will notice. We will attract attention.

We can choose to be bold and colorful through taking action. In order to attract attention, we need to be bold and colorful. The best way for us to show our colors is to take action. We need to do something. What we each choose to do will be different. But as we get involved in our communities, stepping out to make a difference, we will splash color and light with every step we take.

Choose to become visible. Give up comfort and safety and take risks. Join with others to show your colors and make a difference.

What other ways can we become visible? What prevents you from becoming visible? How can the LeadChange group help you become more visible?


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Kerry Palmer  |  16 Mar 2011  |  Reply

Love the visual of the turkey vs. the cardinal! When your organization is humming along, it is easy to relax, fade into the background, and enjoy the ride. However, it is then that we should really stand out, make a ruckus, stir things up and lead!

Thanks for a great post!

William Powell  |  16 Mar 2011  |  Reply

Love it Becky. Putting ourselves out there because we believe in something is exhilarating and frightening at the same time. The best comes from doing something in the face of fear.

Don’t be a turkey. Make a difference!

Deborah Costello  |  16 Mar 2011  |  Reply

This post reminds of something I am sure I read on twitter. I can’t remember exactly, but it’s something like, “The first to stand up is the first to be hit by tomatoes.” Maybe someone knows the exact quote and can properly attribute it. Of course the solution to this problem is also in your post, standing together. The combination of collaborative, character-based action that you advocate is key in leadership and life. Well said. :) Thank you.

Mike Henry  |  16 Mar 2011  |  Reply

Becky, thanks for a great post. I appreciate the parallels you’ve drawn.

Those of us who believe our world needs better leadership must stand up and stand out. Thanks for being one of those people I’ve had the opportunity to partner with. There are really very many of us. As we become aware of each other and make a positive difference in our own spheres of influence, we will become visible. We also risk looking foolish. We risk being shot at. We risk failure!

Here’s to a little risk!

SRivera  |  18 Mar 2011  |  Reply

This post came at a great time! Thx for the insight

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