Leadership is a Way of Life
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 http://www.leadershipgardenlegacy.com