I’m so interested in leadership and observing the changes happening around us, particularly as we move through the pandemic. With so many people having their usual working ‘practices’ changed, either temporarily or permanently, many previously hidden strengths and motivations have shown up. ‘Authentic leadership’ has become a commonly used term, and speaks of us ‘just being ourselves’. Perhaps this is easier said than done? What does it actually mean? Let’s acknowledge that the leadership mould from previous decades has favoured the confident extrovert leader, loaded with charisma. Working under this type of leadership, those with different traits and strengths are often forced to attempt to fit in, in ways that are just aren’t natural to them!
Let’s face it, this kind of forced behaviour can lead to a heavy weight of unhealthy stress and confusion. Highlighting the crucial need for us to do our ‘inner work’, in order to be authentic.
Defining our ‘vision’ is a good place to start breaking through the confusion and stress.
Has your personal purpose or mission changed in recent times? Is your BIG picture, lifetime or legacy level vision clear to you? The legacy level vision being what you may not ever achieve in your lifetime; the change you want to see in the world. What kind of world do you want to create?
These questions may help you to focus on your purpose and vision, and to be able to land it in 25 words :
- How will you know when you have achieved what you want?
- What in your current situation do you want to change the most?
- How do you know you want to change it?
- What is most important to you in your life?
- How do you know that?
- What are your major concerns and why?
- What are your top 5 values?
Being a leader isn’t about power, money, or being in politics or any number of the things usually associated with this word. We are all leaders in some way, it’s just that we aren’t always aware of it consciously. Everyone you meet, whether you connect with them in person or on social media, can’t help but be impacted and affected by you, your words, your actions and energy.
As a social species, when we’re connected we breathe together, our hearts start to synchronise, our brain wave patterns harmonise. We are all affected by each other.
We have a choice. We can either be at the EFFECT of those around us, or create our vision. To make a conscious choice about how we would like to make ourselves and others feel in that moment. This is what I wish for us all.
It’s been good to catch up.
To your vision and leadership!
Dr Lisa Turner