Monday, April 23, 2018

Leadership is a Way of Life

By Debra J. Slover

Most people see leadership as something people do in front of others, but true leadership starts within each of us. It starts with knowing your true purpose and aim and then acting on that knowledge in a way that remains true to your core values.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to observe what is going on right now in our country and to realize that many of our leaders (elected or otherwise) have lost their way. These people are not necessarily bad people, but at some point they forgot their true self and got lost in their ego and survival. Their actions likely no longer match their core values or their purpose.

True, positive, leadership involves:

Thinking – a true leader will dig deep inside to gain knowledge about themselves in order to learn what their core values are. If you do not know yourself, you cannot lead else effectively.

Feeling – a true leader has a deep capacity for understanding the plight of others because they are completely honest with themselves that they are not perfect; therefore, they are able to find compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness for others.

Doing – a true leader allows deep and meaningful experiences in life so that they are able to engage fully in activities that enable them and others to realize their full potential.

If you are missing this kind of joy in your life and fulfillment of your bliss, perhaps it is time to do the work that needs to be done to reach your highest potential.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you sought to look within to find your own core values and convictions?
  • Have you fully examined the logic behind your views?
  • Do your convictions match up with values that uplift humankind?
  • Do your actions match up with your convictions?
  • Are you living your life as a leader in private and in public?
  • Do you feel as if you are merely surviving or thriving?

If you are unsure about your answers, seek to empower yourself through books, education, seminars, counseling, life coaching, and/or positive and powerful friendships of like-minded people.

If you are currently unhappy with your place in the world, try new experiences, new friends, and new ways to break out of whatever is holding you back.

Do not give up because once you find your leader within you will be able to move from survival, begin to thrive, and live the life that you truly desire.

Award winning author, Debra J. Slover’s leadership expertise stems from 18 years directing a state youth services program, experience organizing 20 state and national conferences, and running her own consulting firm for over six years. Her website is

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2 Responses to “Leadership is a Way of Life”
  1. hoodia says:

    Well spoken. I never thought I would agree with this opinion, but I’m starting to see things from a different angle. I definitely want research more on this as it appears quite interesting. One thing I don’t get though is how everything is related together.

    • Georgia says:

      The ability to be a leader resides in all of us. When we take the time to look deeply within ourselves to discover our core values, the needs we are working to satisfy all the time, our priorities in life, and bring our strengths, talents and gifts to the table, we build our own internal integrity. Once you have identified each of these areas, and know whom you wish to serve throughout your life, you can build your mission/purpose and from that lay out your vision. When you understand your purpose/mission you are then able to weigh all of your decisions, goals and responses to situations against that purpose, thereby being true to who you are. It really is a matter of being truthful with yourself about who you are, being able to articulate a vision that stretches you based upon all of these factors, and then taking the steps to get there. This is hard work, but becomes easy because you have created alignment within yourself. If you would like to know more, I would be happy to talk to you. Coach Georgia