Genuine leadership is defined by heart, integrity, honesty, courage, compassion and those many intangible qualities of being and creating the most authentic person and leader that resides within each one of us. It takes time, awareness, knowledge and purpose to build our inner leadership and leadership in others.
And, it takes grit. It requires a willingness to be vulnerable and show our true selves to the world; strength to speak our mind clearly and with confidence; empathy and compassion for ourselves and others while staying strong and determined; and the focus, faith and belief to do what we know is right – even when it is the most difficult thing to do.
It’s a fascinating journey and one I have traveled for decades. The further I go, the more I realize how much I still need to learn and experience. It seems like just when I reach a new level of self-awareness, something comes into my life that reminds me I still have much to learn and many more levels to ascend. Exciting? Yes. Sometimes daunting? Of course. Worth it? Without question – a resounding YES.
By developing our own inner strength and leadership, we strengthen the power within us to make a positive and profound impact on our world, our fellow humans, communities, societies, schools, neighborhoods, businesses and dare I say it… government.
And none of this kind of leadership requires or has anything to do with:
It has only to do with YOU and your own choices and actions to develop your best self – your best leader from within. For that is where all leadership resides.
What are you doing to become the leader you are meant to be?