Holding space

Bady Abbas on Unsplash https://unsplash.com/photos/hxi_yRxODNc?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditShareLink

‘Holding space’ means being present for someone, creating the environment for them to reflect, to process, to come to their own conclusions.

Holding space is also the high art of leadership according to Dr Nick Udall.

Today’s picture reminds me of the four capacities mentioned in the article, that help to achieve this

  • Holding open spaces where people can step forward and be part of something larger
  • Building safe containers from which people can show up as their best selves and be creative
  • Holding the tension, represented by the grid-like structure
  • Allowing people to see patterns in the chaos

It also reminds me of the number of thoughts and insights that can arise by holding space for someone (potentially limitless), and the clarity you can help bring about.


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