What does the UK Election result reveal about authentic conversation?

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May

Those of us following the UK election woke this morning to find an apparent upset. Theresa May’s Tory government launched a snap election to attempt to build their mandate going into the coming Brexit negotitations. Instead of gaining support, they lost 12 seats their majority within the House of Commons.

So why did this happen?

There seem to be many reasons including gaffs involving a manifesto u-turn, a voter Brexit rebellion and the turn-out of younger voters. What I find particularly interesting is the impact of the two main election campaigns. That of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. Some of my thoughts have been informed from reading two articles published in The Independent and The Economist.

Theresa May’s campaign was heavily scripted, used repeated slogans in print and speech, bolstered rallies artificially and avoided potentially difficult direct communication with voters and media.

Jeremy Corbyn however show himself to be able to have real conversation. He spoke openly and frankly even if people disagreed with him. His rallies attracted genuine crowds and he was able to interact with voters and media in the moment, not using scripted answers.

Jeremy Corbyn however show himself to be able to have real conversation.

If we’re seeing shifts in global politics, and we are, then one of these shifts is towards those who know what they stand for and are prepared and able to communicate their vision in a matter-of-face, genuine way. The impact of this is people sense that these people are not trying to be liked and therefore are more trustworthy.

He’s where I pause and reflect on myself. Where am I trying to be liked and as a result coming across as less then authentic. Where and how can I be more vulnerable about my true beliefs, values, vision, thoughts, feelings?

How about you?

Matt

Matt is a credentialed coach for entrepreneurs and business leaders. He is also a past president of the International Coach Federation, Dubai Chapter. His own experience as an entrepreneur is a driver to help others succeed in their own businesses. Matt’s biggest passion is for adventure. He has hitchhiked solo from Fort William to Chamonix, climbed Kilimanjaro and worked into a mountain village in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake. He married the woman of his dreams in February 2017 and is thoroughly enjoying married life.

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