There is a leaning with leaders toward power; it seems to be something of value to them, something to compete for and acquire. In their book, ‘Not Doing’, D’Souza and Renner encourage a different approach, an opposite approach to what has become the traditional norm with leaders and their inclination toward competition and achievement. With them, and emerging leadership, the focus is centering on negative capabilities that result in what they refer to as ‘effortless action’, one that observes and finds place in a movement that is in motion and happening.
In the first chapter, ‘The Flow of Things’, the perspective and art of Andy Goldsworthy is considered. Upon viewing the documentary of Andy’s work, ‘Rivers and Tides’, I recognized in a greater depth and purpose for patience, in waiting for the flow of a creative movement to arise or the period of time awakening of a vision, whether it be for a piece of art or the natural unification of a team. Beautiful, natural and true things cannot be forced. The most beautiful things take time to originate, find meaning and course. Perpetual movement, forced action can upset what’s intended to take time and patience to develop; of Andy, given his perseverance in allowing space and time to reveal his work, it was described that ‘for him, control can be the death of a work’ .
Andy waited to see what nature would reveal of the direction he would follow into for his art to come to life. It may be in the materials a river offers or highlighting a rock wall with the down of sheep with the contrast of green, he finds deeper reason, meaning and use in all of nature that becomes a part of his creations. In similar fashion, the Inuit carver faces a piece of soapstone with the intention of freeing what is hidden inside. There is a deep inspiration and calling to see, to release control and to be led in the artistic process. Such can be the experience of leadership, if we are willing. There’s peace in this movement. It is not abrupt and is not affected by anxiety. This kind of approach cannot be hurried, such ‘control can be the death of a work’ .
Courage in leadership is one that is willing to change the current flow of the things with intention toward the natural flow of things. From activity to rest and, to reveal the adventure of perceived, feared inertia. When Jesus reflects on the better state of Mary at rest over Martha on the scurry; his mornings in the mountains and stillness for the death of his friend, Lazarus; there’s revelation that control is not ours to have. Even, while Jesus waited in the Garden of Gethsemane for those who would come to arrest him and lead him to the slaughter of a scourging and crucifixion, he admitted control to God, “My Father, if there is any way you can deliver me from this suffering, please take it from me. Yet what I want is not important, for I only desire to fulfill your plan for me.” .
The fulfilment of this work of God was only possible in the faithfulness of Jesus, his release of control. Understanding this work as beautiful calls for an interaction in most still place of soul with Spirit. Jesus, knowing of the outcome, yet surrendering the trust of his young life into the hands of the One who created all things, releasing control, opened the door for the completion of history’s apex moment. This world is a beautiful place; there’s a lot of good and wonderful things to acquire and hold onto. What happens with letting go, perhaps an adventure and encounter with life the way it was intended to be? Something will happen, that’s for sure.
 D’Souza, Steven and Diana Renner. Not Doing: The Art of Effortless Action. New York, New York: LID Publishing Ltd, 2018.
 Matthew 26:29. The Passion Translation.