It is common knowledge that high growth leaders are most often the innovators – the agents of change.
How do busy leaders become high growth leaders?
How do they find the time and energy needed to step forward into new thoughts and new perspectives when their everyday lives appear to be packed with moment by moment commitments and expectations?
Growth investment begins within - that desire for personal growth - but the momentum and maturity come when a leader clearly identifies a source of reciprocal interest that has sustaining properties:
Becoming a high growth leader requires an intentionality that will empower a busy leader to step forward into growth.
The purpose of role models in our lives is not so that we can try to think, believe and act just like them.
Instead, the purpose of role models is that the lives they lead inspire us to embrace a courageous mindset
… to move towards intentional living day by day
… to remain sensitive to the fear within while not allowing that fear to immobilize us
… to remain committed to represent who we are; to be authentic in the sunshine and the storms of life.
Our perspective is the way we see things; our attitude is what we feel.
This German picture from the late 19th century is a reminder of our ability to shift our perspective.... to see things from a different angle.
Can you see the old woman? How about the young lady?
If you can't, then reach out to someone else to help you. Often connecting with others helps us with perspective shifts.
The more often we are willing to consider shifts in our perspectives, the greater the chance for broadening our options - for seeing the bigger picture.
Bhutan, a land locked country in Asia, is the only country in the world whose government has GNH “gross national happiness" as one of their indicators of successful, holistic, well being.
One of the ways I measure success is by the most valuable element in my life - people. Daily success is measured by the presence of meaningful interactions. There are days where I am successful and days where success is illusive.
Acknowledging where your values lie will help you answer the question, "How do I measure my own success?"
The choice is yours.
Do you find yourself thinking that you are the centerpiece?
You are a piece...
important but not absolutely critical
a connector but not the only connector
a building block but only one segment of the infrastructure
If you want to be a part of something that is bigger than yourself you have to change your perception that you are the centerfold. The new perspective will be worth it - I promise.
"Haba na haba hujaza kibaba" is a Swahili proverb I grew up hearing. It means drop by drop the bucket fills.
Is there something you have been meaning to do but putting it off?
Why not pause after reading this and take a micro step towards what it is that you have been meaning to get to. We can accomplish so much by starting. A little goes a long way when it is the first step in a new direction.