What do you believe?
When I did a book search on Amazon using the word “leadership,” there were more than 50,000 results. I was kind of surprised, however; I thought there’d be more. As many of you know, we at Emergent immerse ourselves (and maybe sometimes too much so) in reading – but with very positive and helpful intentions. (In fact, we’re putting the finishing touches on what will surely be a top hit song called “Leaders are Readers” – corny, but we love it.) We are committed to raising the consciousness of all leaders, and as such, are also committed to being a resource to those we serve by sharing knowledge, concepts, and new ideas.
A client recently asked me what I believe about leadership – not what I know, but what I believe. I had to pause for a minute to really think about this question, and then it flowed out of me like a great big exhale. My beliefs about strong, positive leadership:
- Inspirational leadership is the greatest gift one could give to others.
- Leading is failing, being wrong, making mistakes. Keep going!
- Leading and following happen simultaneously.
- Leadership is a way of being – and a choice.
- We must be leaders of ourselves first before leading others, teams, and organizations effectively.
- Leadership is a physical activity -> rigorous soul, big open heart, focused mind, peaceful & deep breath.
- Choosing to lead is choosing to make a difference in the world.
- Leaders do not have all the answers, and they are confident the answers will be revealed (most likely by others).
- Adaptability: required and necessary. Leading can’t happen without it.
Illuminating those beliefs inspired a bigger question: Do you know what you believe? Because if you desire to be a great leader, an emergent leader, a transformational leader, you must decide what you believe. What you believe affects what you achieve. And while someone else famous said that, I absolutely believe it to be true.
Share your beliefs with me @ firstname.lastname@example.org.