Updated: Nov 6, 2019
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful autumn. During this time of year we all start to hunker down and think about things in a different way. And, it is a great time for some self-reflection. What are you thinking about this fall?
Some thoughts on leadership...
Everything you do is - in some way - an expression of you. The way you approach your work, the way you interact and work with others, the way you make decisions, are all an expression of who you are, what you care about, and your values. Whether knowingly or not, you are a consistent expression of the collection of your experiences, knowledge, and of your courage and fears.
This amazing phenomenon is what contributes to the development of your uniqueness and personal style, and to your relationship to the world around you.
It's what makes you, you.
In all situations - business and personal - this is a huge responsibility. Who you are, impacts every expression - both positive and negative. Whether you are a leader of a corporation, community, your family, or simply your own life, there are deeper things at work that have influence on your impact; you can't escape it, no one can.
HOWEVER, you can choose to be more in tune and aware of all that affects your influence. And when you are open to this awareness, you have not just more understanding, but increased ability to intentionally determine your influence.
Dealing with the complexities of business difficulties and the distinctiveness of every individual is a great way to discover the darker (shadow) side of your influence. There is a lot to be gained from self-exploration in this manner - the difficulties and frustrating situations can be broken down into themes, or grouped into areas of focus, that dramatically simplifies the approach to finding a solution.
The most important thing to remember is that once you embrace this idea and take the time to discover what it is true – both positive and negative – you can change it. Once you understand the impact of your unique influence, you can choose to unravel it, and as a result grow, develop and change in an empowered way.
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