When hearing about leadership, it is almost natural to think of someone in an organizational or political context. However, every one of us on this planet is called to leadership. Leadership of our lives, our future, our daily lives and so on. Yes, for some, it may also in addition apply to their position within their own or another’s organization.
Throughout my years as a psychotherapist, graduate teacher, clinical instructor, founder of my own institute, and now, as a consultant and coach, I am repeatedly calling my students, clients and even friends to honor their natural skill to define their lives any way they choose. Never the “right way”, but according to what their heart and soul is calling them towards.
If we are honest with ourselves, at different stages of life we feel called to live our lives differently. We feel called to do our relationships differently. We even come to see ourselves differently. The process of continuous transformation is real. It either drives us, or we drive it. This is where our leadership comes in.
It is also where my newly digital leadership self-assessment tool comes in. I have created this to support you in understanding how your strengths, vulnerabilities, and beliefs impact your ability to lead your own life, or your business, in addition to the diseases you may be most prone to according to your ability to manage your stress, or not.
Leadership is not a one size fits all – we are each a unique byproduct of our upbringing, our values, our strengths, and our beliefs.
Know what it is you bring to the table and how to make it even stronger. That awareness supports you in understanding what career path or position works best for who you are, not who you think you should be. It helps you recognize your unique strengths and vulnerabilities.
In business, and in life itself, it is important to recognize that you are the greatest gift you bring to your clients, vendors, staff, and friends. The energy you walk into a room with has a significant impact. Honestly, that energy is going to be dependent upon how you see yourself and your leadership.
Notice those who see themselves as victims, as powerless, or as a lost. Those people show up completely differently when their self-image changes. Their presence, their way of speaking, and their way of interacting changes based on whether or not they see themselves as powerless or powerful. Whether they see themselves as a powerless victim of circumstances or as someone who can lead their lives in a different way, if needed, makes all the difference in the world. We don’t always want change or a call to grow but when we know we can lead the way through it, all else changes, including us.