Great leaders serve as a catalyst for bringing people together to focus and channel their creative efforts towards improving their productivity in their organization. The ability to do this, to act as this catalyst that people actually choose to listen to and follow, isn’t something that great leaders are born with. Sure, one can of course be born with certain specific characteristics that are specifically suitable for leadership. And some of those characteristics need to exist in order for an individual to be a true leader – one that others want to and choose to follow – such as the ability to listen to others, to make people feel and know that they are recognized and appreciated for their efforts and contributions, to lift people’s spirits up instead of dragging them down, among other valuable and necessary qualities.
Great leaders have the ability to lead from their heart and with their wisdom as the essence for their leadership. They lead and live from heart to mind, not from mind to heart. To lead and live with our wisdom as our own personal guiding light is to be living a fulfilled life. It is what our core values in combination with our experience, knowledge and intelligence brings us. Our core values support us in getting to know ourselves and others, as well as in discovering what we find valuable and important. It’s in knowing and living according to our own values that we find life rich and purposeful.
It is also in knowing and living your core values that you will set a solid foundation for becoming a great(er) leader. By knowing who you are and what you stand for on all four dimensions that our human nature withholds, you will at any time be (capable of) feeling a sense of joy, compassion, balance and focus – as a human being and thereby also as a leader. This will surely be positively noticed and appreciated by the people around you. This is what makes a leader charismatic.
Great leaders are always open to new insights. They are aware of the importance of discovering new ideas as foundation for growth in all areas of life. Great leaders view life as a continuous journey of development and consider every experience as a possibility to learn something new. They are curious, observant, eager to try and to learn. They want to share their experiences with others and generously do so. Great leaders share of themselves, openly and vulnerable from their hearts – they use their wisdom to share of their truth. This is their greatest strength as such view of life, and of development, also inspires and encourage the individuals around them to implement the same positive approach to professional, and sometimes even personal, growth. Great leaders inspire people to become the best they can be.
“Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage. Share your wisdom. Radiate love.” – Wilferd Peterson
Great leaders value and take time for reflection as this is an important part of ones growth journey. Take some time to reflect on and answer the following questions.
What are the two or three most important things that motivate you?
What values are the two or three most important ones for you – the ones that you feel brings you a deep sense of satisfaction, joy and happiness?
What are the things that you current feel brings you the feeling of great satisfaction in the a) physical, b) social, c) mental and d) spiritual dimensions of your life?