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Leading and Guiding

Leading and Guiding

There is a difference between leading and guiding.

Leading is when someone or others are following someone or something else.

I think of a beautiful metaphor of dancers.  There is one leader and one follower.  The leader is giving the energy they need to the follower in order for the follower to receive the signals and energy that they need to follow the leader.  It is a beautiful flow of energy, much like waves washing up, in and out of a shore.  It is beautiful when both people are open to the magical space created by this leading and following ritual.

Then there is guiding.  Guiding is a whole different story.

When someone is being guided, they know where they want to go and the guide supports them in getting there.  Or maybe they don’t know where they want to go, however, the guide acts as a support system in guiding a person to the best place possible for them in that moment.

I think about the subtleties of this in coaching.  When I see something the client may not be awakened to and I pose a question that “leads” them into this knowing, am I guiding them or leading them?

What do you think?

What does your inner guide have to say to you right now?

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Sarah Haykel

Comments ( 2 )

  • Donna

    My inner Guru is saying it is a dance between the two. Take a yoga class for example : You lead by giving the example and guide offering modifications, giving verbal prompts, encouragement.

    • Donna, thank you so much for sharing. Yes, I love this idea that is is a “dance between the two.” And, I LOVE that you’re hearing your “Inner Guru” say that. Thanks again!


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