You have an inherent capacity to lead starting with leading your life. Every moment you are either diminishing or developing your leadership capacity—off your purpose or on your purpose.
Personal leadership is the basis for leading others whether it is a small team, a large organization, or something in between. The scope and scale of leadership varies widely, yet the core principles are the same regardless of size.
Clarity Cuts the Clutter
The degree to which you know yourself lowers or raises trajectory in the world of practical affairs. This is true for individuals and organizations alike. To lead as designed means being clear about:
- Who we are? Our identity.
- Why we’re here? Our purpose.
- Where we’re going? Our vision.
- What we’re doing? Our missions and proficiency.
- What’s important? Our values.
Answers Become Plans
Answering these heart and head questions invites costly procrastination in forms such as trial and error, avoidable expenses, time wasted, and opportunity lost. Leading as designed, however, equips us to better resist the gravitational pull of detours and distractions. Clear answers become the basis to create a plan from which to lead.
Quiet the Craziness
Being inauthentic rattles the well-being of the individual or organization. The push for practical results and the pull of prior obligations collides with the call to higher principles and ideals. Unresolved, an unhealthy pattern in our psyche takes root. The fears we most seek to avoid emerge with an unnatural vengeance.
The power of a thoughtful purpose and a plan put into action (an on-purpose plan) provides both the hope and the means to build and be a top performer.
It all begins with a 2-word purpose statement that answers “The Why Question.” Until the why is known, the answers to where and what are disadvantaged. Once you know your purpose, then keep reading.