Speaking Point: In today’s scaled-down, “lean and mean,” flat work environment, we are all called to play a leadership role regardless of our formal position or title. Some people, when asked to take on extra responsibilities and challenges, enthusiastically rise to the occasion. But others shrink and become fearful thinking that they “don’t have what it takes.”
Speaking Point: The key to developing individual leadership is to focus on our inherent leadership capability requiring an internal focus. We all have a spiritually driven leadership, what I refer to as “Centering Power”, but we still need to find our own path rather than copy or imitate someone else’s.
Speaking Point: The advice is often generic and repetitious; “have a vision,” “walk the talk,” “manage by wandering around,” etc. Then there’s the age-old question, “do ‘the times’ make the leader, or the leader make the times?”
Speaking Point: Leadership is about taking action. Centering power is fueled by our beliefs about (and trust in) ourselves, others, and/or a higher spiritual power. These are the three (3) components.
Speaking Point: Belief in Self:
A good starting place for any leader is to believe in “self.” The enemy of belief in self is doubt and in turn leads to feelings of disparity, discouragement and self-pity. All of which negatively impact our effectiveness as a leader. We are unable to make clear decisions and take decisive action.
Speaking Point: Belief in Others:
In the workplace we are often dependent upon others to reach our goals. With scarce resources, we can’t possibly accomplish our objectives without teamwork and collaboration. Some common symptoms of mistrust include:
- hoarding information
- working secretively
- not sharing ideas
- failure to delegate
Speaking Point: Belief in a Higher Spiritual Power
Studies show that over 75% of Americans believe in a higher spiritual power. Spirituality is different from religion because it has universal meaning, crossing all religious and ethnic boundaries. According to Webster’s dictionary, it is a “life-giving force,” or animating principle. Few would argue that it’s not important for an individual, groups, teams, or a corporation for that matter to have “spirit.” The idea of exuding “spirit” in the workplace is accepted, if not welcomed by most people. Tapping into this magnificent power enables us to meet the personal leadership challenges that lie ahead with a steady, unwavering conviction and sense of purpose.