The conscious leader is firm, and knows when to be flexible.
He has noticed that trees stand strong for centuries only because they can flex in the storm. He knows that skyscrapers are built with flexible steel to survive the high winds they must endure. And cars are made safer with crumple zones.
He accepts that life and other people, and forces beyond the realm of your awareness, will inevitably blow across your path like winds, and if you behave like the tree that cannot flex, you will snap. Life will inevitably break you.
Experience has shown him that holding to your rules without exception, without sway, requires force, and force is the opposite of flow. He figures that when you are inflexible with life, life is inflexible with you; when you show no mercy, life shows you no mercy. It’s a fair deal.
The conscious leader remains committed to his word and yet knows when to yield, and show mercy.
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