So why do we include a glass walk in our leadership programme and what difference does it make?
In module 3 of the programme, learners explore how their fears, self-limiting beliefs, and stress responses impact on their leadership. In addition to learning various practical techniques to manage these, the highlight of the module is the glass walk. Walking along a path of broken glass requires us to turn off our internal chatter, acknowledge the effects of our accumulated life experiences, and see that the lessons we’ve learnt and the stories we tell ourselves don't apply to every situation, giving us the power to behave differently if we choose to.
The trail of jagged broken glass is a metaphor for our life journey - the risks and rewards, lessons learned, wounds healed, dreams achieved, challenges overcome, and wisdom gained. Each step forward is an opportunity to learn from these and find our own path - overcoming the sharp edges of life while paying attention to the moments of sparkling beauty as we move forwards.
Walking barefoot on glass is a powerful lesson in what we can achieve when we are totally present and focused on the moment. Every step is taken with deliberate, mindful care and attention as we stop thinking about what was or might be and are immersed totally in the experience. It teaches us to be mindful of signals in our environment that we must pay attention to as we gently touch the glass and reposition our foot until it feels right in order to move forward. It also teaches us about trust, as we let go of all expectations and assumptions and trust ourselves, the glass, the facilitator, and those supporting us.
Our glass walks are expertly and sensitively facilitated by qualified Sundoor Facilitator Louisa Potter. Watch our short video to hear some of our participants talk about the power of glass walking and how it has benefited them as leaders, or click here to find out more about the SpiderWeb Inspiring Leadership Programme.