What does leadership really mean to you? Chances are, there are leaders all around you, whether you see them on the news or you interact with them on a daily basis. But the ways these people lead might not always resonate with you. In fact, what they think is leadership is something entirely different to you. So today, I invite you to examine what leadership really is.
What does it mean to you? To help you create your own definition of this term, I want to share three characteristics I believe make a good leader.
A great leader doesn’t just lead others. They lead themselves just as fiercely and as gracefully as they navigate life guided by their own “inner voice” and the inner knowing we’re all equipped with. Often, what makes a leader truly great is the ability to actually tap into this inner knowing.
Rather than accepting you “don’t have what it takes” or you don’t have that inner navigation great leaders do, a truly great leader takes the time to learn how to hone in on their inner knowing. Then, they use it to lead themselves and others toward the life they want to create. It also means listening to yourself and this inner voice rather than the outside world. It means trusting what your inner knowing is telling you, even if all around you, signs are pointing elsewhere. That’s what makes a great leader.
And before you ask, I can tell you that “yes!”, you certainly are already equipped with this inner knowing, so let’s work on tapping into it together.
Something every great leader has in common is a vision. Of course, they don’t all have the same vision. Once you connect with this vision, you can use it to guide yourself and others and begin leading like I know you can!
Finally, what leadership really means is also being fierce yet graceful. Specifically, being fierce yet graceful in pursuing the life you want to create for yourself and others.
For example, this means creating (and sticking to) boundaries fiercely, yet enforcing them with yourself and others gracefully. (For more on creating and living with fierce boundaries, visit this post next)
This type of fierce grace is something few leaders possess, but when they do, their energy and their impact is undeniable.
When someone cultivates these skills, then and only then, can they begin to create opportunities for themselves to lead others.
Now, I invite you to learn more about what your next steps as a fierce yet graceful leader could be. For starters, click here to learn more about Soulful Leadership: a three-month program to cultivate a new, more powerful way of being and leading in your business and life.
And, as always, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have questions or want to talk all-things leadership! Simply reach out using this contact form and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
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