Dream Big and Be Accountable
It has been a great pleasure to meet several of you in Washington, D.C. at Converge 17!
When I talk to you, and I look at our people, chapters and regions in light of the context in which we live, what comes to my mind is the word accountability.
Curiously, it is a word that does not have a clear representation of real meaning in my native language.
By exploring the meaning of this word a little more, I have discovered that the meaning that touches me most is linked to account, that is, a person who is accountable. In addition to being responsible, he or she must account for their attitudes (or indifference), decisions and choices. You should take the focus off your belly button and look at the other, at the world.
I know we have a lot of experience in this area because we experience this by supporting the leaders who are our clients in coaching, and maybe I am “raining in the wet,” as we say in Brazil. No matter…I would like to expand this reasoning!
When I look at the context of the world we live in, I perceive an enormous anxiety in trying to participate in everything—to give contributions, to discuss possibilities, to participate, to help. Perhaps I have an unconscious search for recognition through others or perhaps the desire to make a difference unpretentiously—it does not matter!
As influencers and opinion makers, we need to be held accountable by our community, be it local, regional or global.
It sometimes seems that business leaders (our clients) and government have more responsibility than we do. They should be accountable in all the challenges we face. I believe we can assume equal or greater responsibility! We need to believe and take this responsibility. Individually we work with leaders around the world. We make a difference through coaching, and we must be accountable and bold in doing more. As a community, we are unbeatable! I do not know among other professions a class that competes in the market and is so united and cooperative in the defense of our cause.
I would like to invite you to reflect on this challenge of being more accountable as individuals and as a community. To believe that we will influence decisions that affect the geography of investments in the world, that we will deactivate missiles, that we will open borders for refugees, that we will help the best to be elected, and that we will also support simple people to realize their potential as a person. Dream big and be accountable for what we are!
Landing a little…October has arrived, and we start ICF strategic discussions on the board—the anxiety increases! A world of possibilities! Designing a more excellent, daring, influential ICF that elevates our profession and embracing coaching from its diverse perspectives will be the commitment of this board. We will be accountable for this!
Thank you for the support and dedication of all in building a community that gives us pride in belonging!
José Augusto Figueiredo, ACC
2017 ICF Global Board Director