Leadership and stability
Old Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi quoted Confucius: ‘Men do not use running water as a mirror; they only use the still water.’ Only things that are still in themselves can still other things.”
Why the power of stability is so important? The ground on which we stand can hold up tall buildings, high trees, and us as well. Gravity pulls us to the center of our planet. The ground pushes back with precisely the same force, effortlessly in the opposite direction of gravity, and is therefore called the ground reaction force. No wonder grounding is considered so important in martial arts. It resists power and accepts energies. A stability lies within what one knows and how one lives his live each day.
Stability is not equal to rigidity. It is fundamental to all fighting techniques. The ability to control your movements, to develop, and to receive power originates in stability. Losing stability means losing control. Without control you cannot win. A good fighter knows that during the battle, the sun should be in the eyes of your opponent and not facing yours. Secondly, stability is being able to float safely on each wave of change. Lower a fighter’s position is and the lowest his center of gravity is, the better stability he has. But, while increasing stability lowering a center of gravity lessens mobility. There are always trade-offs but you should balance them into win-win situation.
The stability is one of the rarest human functions that one can prevent from deteriorating. All the rest, such as our memory and physical parts, are mostly subject to time and decay. But not stability, if practiced constantly. It is vital for any movement we do. While walking we are constantly losing stability for a moment and “falling” forward. Then we regain it by blocking the fall with the other foot and straighten up. This is a dynamic balance, the ability to maintain balance during movement. It is affected by age, fatigue, injury, bracing, body size, and also by the stillness or movement of the external environment.
Therefore, stability in leadership means that one has to take full responsibility for decisions and change not his opinion due to small fluctuations. A leader has to have the stability in the vision and the goal to steer his ruling.