It turns our that our little corner of the universe is a pretty cool place to hang out.
Here are a few interesting facts about our solar neighborhood:
It takes the Earth 365.25 days to complete one full orbit around the Sun. Thus, every four years, we have a leap year. If your birthday is on February 29, you get it.
The earth jets around the sun at about 66,616 miles per hour. This is the perfect speed to keep the Earth in a relatively stable orbit around our solar system’s power source.
Earth’s orbit around the sun is slightly elliptical, and not a perfect circle. Around January 3rd, we are closest to the sun at about 91.4 million miles. Around July 4th, we’re furthest from the sun, at about 94.5 million miles.
Our entire solar system is also moving through space around the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It’s estimated that this occurs about every 230 million years.
Our closest neighbor, the moon, takes approximately 27.3 days to circle the earth. This is called a sidereal month. The moon plays an essential role in sustaining life on earth.
The moon’s orbit is also slightly elliptical, and it actually “wobbles” a bit. This is called libration. And no, I do not mean a tasty cocktail. This little wobble allows us to see slightly more of the lunar surface over time.
Although, come to think of it… if you have too many libations you will also have a slight wobble. So, I guess the two really are sort of connected.
The common thread running through these fun facts is consistency. Without it, life as we know it on earth would not be possible.
Similarly, consistency is essential for impactful leadership. Without it, our leadership lives as we know them will cease, or be significantly altered.
That doesn’t mean that leaders can’t be a little eccentric or exercise their uniqueness. The earth, moon, sun and other planets all have a little of this.
But these eccentricities, or wobbles, don’t exceed parameters that would cause harm.
All leaders have people “orbiting” around them. That is why we refer to spheres of influence. We, in turn, orbit around others.
Within your sphere, how do you come across? Are you moody? Ill tempered? Do you change your mind frequently about purpose, plans or processes?
Adaptation to changing circumstances is appropriate and necessary. Implicit in this leadership role is continuous improvement and change.
But, this is a far cry from being capricious and unpredictable.
How consistent is your leadership in your own sphere?
If you have too much libration, it may be time for a tune up.
Even a slight adjustment can make a big difference.