Leadership is an Inside Out Matter: 3 Reasons Leadership is about Y.O.U

“Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits” is a revolutionary book written by Robert Townsend published in 1970. This book was on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list for 28 weeks.

In the book he tells tactics to winning the competitive race by putting people first and how to obliterate bureaucracies. The leader who leads effectively by putting people first is usually an assured individual who is emotionally intelligent and have mastered self-management.

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Leading From the Core to Live Your Authentic Self: 5 Simple Ways to Do That

It’s one thing to talk about being different yet. It is quite another to live the truth that will see us sticking out like a sore thumb.

We live in a world where everyone seems to want to fit in even if in a very small group. It is uncomfortable being the lone voice or the odd one out. We struggle to live authentically; struggle to be true to our core. As a result, our masks become part of our garb that we put on from day to day.  What happens when we forget to put on such charade? What will people see? Would people be surprised?

If we are to be the leaders that we truly are, we have to commit to a shift, making a resolve to surprise even ourselves and stand completely in what we believe. Invariable, we will offend, undoubtedly, we will cause some discomfort and surely, we may even turn the status quo on its head. BUT whatever the cost, it is worth it. It is quite liberating.

So how are some of the ways we can be true to ourselves? Let’s look at 5 simple ways.

  1. Silence is golden

Living your authentic self, starts with an understanding of you are and your values. In the silence of your heart, what belief do you hold to be true? Begin to reflect on this by praying, meditating and locking yourself away for a moment. It is in these moments that the answers to life’s many questions usually come, including what your purpose really is.

  1. Evaluate your relationships

This can be a tricky one, I know. However, in order to live authentically you, you must be willing to sever ties or at the very least, minimize contact with those who no longer serve you. This is easier to do when we recognize that everything has its seasons, including those energy-draining relationships. The key is to be able to know when a season has come to an end. Interestingly, the end of a season signals the beginning of a new one – such is the cycle of life.

  1. Find your voice and use it.

I have been through some really challenging times. There were times when I really felt it would have been better to just die. I couldn’t understand the reasons behind such disillusionment. I’ve felt abandoned, rejected; being abused and felt unwanted. I’ve had moments of deep loss where it seemed at the time that the feelings of deep-seated pain wouldn’t go away. I have had very disappointing experiences including a failed attempt at in vitro fertilization (this feeling you will never understand if you haven’t been through it).  Toxic relationships have visited me. Business failures – well that’s another story for another time. Nevertheless, I’ve come to realize that it is in these lows that I find my strength. Now I share my story with ease. I am no longer ashamed of what I’ve done and where I’ve been and the things that happened to me (correction – the things that happened for me). I know my triumph from the valley is an inspiration for others, and that gives me life.

  1. Live in gratitude.

There is something magical about giving thanks that allows you to be present in the moment. It removes the sense of entitlement which usually harbour resentment when we don’t have what we want. When we are grateful and appreciative of the things we do have, we open our hearts to receiving more of what we actually want. It triggers a mentality of abundance rather than scarcity.

  1. Choose love and life.

It can be a challenge to love others especially those we think are just too difficult. It becomes easier when we make a resolve to see things from their point of view. We must also recognize that not everyone has the capacity to reason and interpret what we believe might be obvious. Choose to love them in spite of. Accepting the differences that exist in others is part of the beauty of life. It helps us to relax and to live each day as if it were our last.

Let’s commit to shedding our masks and live and lead from our core.  How are you leading from the core? Comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 042 – How to Handle Dilemmas Without Losing Your Cool, with Rosalinda Randall

Rosalinda Randall Helps Businesses and Individuals find success through better Communication and Social Skills.  She focuses on communicating and interacting more effectively and with a lot less drama. She frequently appears on television and radio programs in the United States and publications such as Forbes, Business Insider, HARDI Magazine, The Muse, and Fast Company.

Show  Notes:

To break the ice, I asked Rosalinda, whether she’d rather visit the doctor or the dentist.

Her response, “The dentist. I love going to the dentist. I always make my appointment before the 6 months.”

We went on to talking about business etiquette and how to remain calm in unpleasant situations.

Some questions we discussed throughout the interview are:

  • Why do we need to care about handling dilemmas?
  • How important is cultural consideration when doing business internationally?
  • Are we being discourteous if we decide to ‘unfriend’ someone who make offensive posts on their timeline?
  • Do I have to shake hands with someone who has just wiped their nose? How can I decline that?
  • What are some of the most common rude behaviors?
  • How do we handle things that we are uncomfortable with?
  • What kind of strategy would you recommend to someone who doesn’t seem to be able to find the time to respond to emails?

Main Take-Aways:

  • As a society, we come up with what’s acceptable and what’s not. It varies across countries and cultures around the world. It is our responsibility to find out what the culture is.

  • If someone from another country is seeking my business, it is their duty to find out about the top 10 things that the United States frown up. Being considerate and aware of other’s feeling is important.

  • We don’t have to attack, defend, prove everything that comes our way. That takes away from our energy from doing good.

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038 – How to Evolve into an Unstoppable Leader – A Look at work-Life Balance, with Terry Wildemann

Terry Wildemann guides entrepreneurs and intuitive leaders to business success by helping them spring back from the brink of burnout.  Her Shiftology™ business and leadership systems offer leaders solutions to tap into their “Inner Business Game” to discover and implement untapped strategies and actionable ideas.

Show  Notes:

I asked Terry an ice-breaker question, whether she’s ever locked herself out of the house. Her response, “Oh yes! And I’ve climbed in through my share of Windows”.

Terry and I went on to talk about intuitive leadership and explored the myth of work-life balance.

Some questions I asked Terry:

Definition of work life balance

What to do when you feel like you’ve lost control of your life?

How should we deal with guilt about neglecting your different roles?

How should we deal with guilt about neglecting your different roles?

Intuitive leadership and the shiftology technique, what’s that?

Main Take-Aways:

  • Work-life-balance is a myth. The goal is to integrate both and make them parts of our lives.

  • When we acknowledge our emotions, and tune in to how our body feels, our intuition increase.

  • In a place of listening where you can go inside and tap into those intuitive places, that is what balance is about.

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