The Keystone:  Self-Trust

The structure of an Arch is remarkable for how all the elements-- spires and a keystone -- work together in a reciprocal, mutually supporting way. The spires hold the keystone in place. The keystone unifies four distinct elements into a single, durable structure.

Analogously, a leader's skills of character integrate into a single personality by means of a fifth, unifying element we call "Self-trust." The Arch's keystone represents that integrating element.

Self-trust is not merely another skill added to the other four. It is a quality that overlays them, interweaves among them, and gives them all a certain "feel," a particular "aura."

When leaders exhibit self-trust, they exude a quality of resolve -- a calmness in the face of doubt, an easy willingness to move forward despite uncertainty. Self-trust that is highly developed and active results in a leader being experienced as strong, courageous, ready for what's next.

Self-trust is the origin of your "charisma." A major element of self-trust is acceptance: a leader accepts what the experiences, empathies and insights offer as sufficient for moving forward. That releases energy that can be made available to those who choose to join the endeavor.

We Study Self-Trust in order to:

  • Free up your energy for action instead of worrying.
  • Understand the values, beliefs and experiences you bring to the decision.
  • Trust yourself so that others trust you.
  • More freely offer your trust to others.



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