12 Most Important Elements of How to Lead From Within
During tonight’s #leadfromwithin Tweetchat I got asked an interesting question by DM: “Don’t all natural born leaders lead with their heart? Good stuff!” I glibly replied “yes they do, issue is Corporate Leadership & Natural Leadership is not the same!” Then I took a DEEP BREATH and decided to write a more considered response: 12 Most Important Elements of How To Lead From Within for Leaders.
1. What is Lead From Within?
Tonight, June 21st, Lolly Daskal facilitated a detailed conversation about lead from within during her Tweetchat #leadfromwithin. Only a fool would try to summarize that chat, so here goes:
- RT @LollyDaskal: To Lead From Within (LFW) is to take possession of the thoughts, beliefs, and actions of your heart and mind. #leadfromwithin
- RT @LollyDaskal: When you choose to lead from within, you make decisions that reflect your core alignments of disciplines to actions #leadfromwithin
- RT @LollyDaskal: Your core beliefs dictate the life you live, the life you live defines and reveals your inner disciplines and leadership #leadfromwithin
- RT: @LollyDaskal: When we examine our core beliefs we learn to grow from the inside out #leadfromwithin
- RT scedmonds: A10: being consistent with our vision, purpose, & values enables others to TRUST we’ll do what we say we will do. #leadfromwithin
- RT @prsingleton: I would argue that its your core values that shape your mission from which your actions are shaped #leadfromwithin
Okay, so in summary, leading from within means leading out of inner congruence. It is heart centered, starting with our unique values and then working out through our examined beliefs. We then take actions that are consistent with our values and beliefs. We stand for something and people can Trust that.
2. How to Lead From Within? First step is values.
Do true leaders always lead from the heart? Help define this quality. We all know the difference between positional authority and “true” leadership. In our dialog of tonight we seemed to land on the inner most core as being our values. Start here. Use your values as the lens by which all else comes into alignment. To find your values? Look & feel deeply. A gauge that you have arrived might be found here: RT @lollydaskal: Inner peace is an indicator of alignment of beliefs and core actions in your life #leadfromwithin and this Tweet from Kenny: “@Grit08 @Josepf @VRSS Core Values Are Non Negotiable but Open to Correction by New Insight and Learning. #leadfromwithin”
3. Follow your path & intuition.
I got stuck in Twitter jail, you go there for 100 Tweets in one hour or over 1,000 in one day. My friend Kenny, @Grit08 came to pay a visit. I asked him for his three most important lessons and you are reading number 1. Follow your path and intuition. Love Kenny. This is so simple and complex it is brilliant. If you are in touch with your intuition and listen to it, respect it, then you are also in touch with your values. This gives you the foundation and courage to follow your path. Leaders simply are the ones who strike off on the path less taken. Other’s follow because they can sense, feel, the “mission” the passion.
4. Respect People Always.
Kenny #2 and if you knew Kenny you would know this defines him. Kenny says: “Respect People always; you respect yourself through others.” Perfect? Right?
5. Remember you will be wrong more than right.
The last of the three by Kenny can also be found in this ReTweet by Chris Edmonds RT scedmonds: FOGGY! RT @GRIT08: All our truths are misted windows that need cleaning constantly. #leadfromwithin You are following your path and intuition; you are respecting people; and you are open to learning from people and situations. These are all great traits of a leader. Thank you Kenny!
6. How to Lead From Within? Second step is Beliefs.
How can people tell what you believe? They can look at your checkbook. Where we spend our time and money, our actions, speak to our true beliefs. Nothing that we say can and should be able to overcome what we do. RT @Cybuhr A8: Success is an obstacle to our authenticity when the victory is inconsistent with our beliefs. #LeadFromWithin
Acting from beliefs is called finding your power. Being able to go even further and challenge your own beliefs is called personal leadership. RT @SmArtfulCoach: RT @lollydaskal: When we examine our core beliefs we learn to grow from the inside out #leadfromwithin
7. How to Lead From Within? Third step is Values #2.
RT @geoffreywebb: Your core values dictate your true mission and illuminate your real “vision” regardless of what you think or say. #leadfromwithin Yes, Values is a repeat. Our personal values and ethics become the seed of our Corporate Values. As complex as Corporations are they can be less complex than we as humans. Their value set should be simpler and more tightly defined. Remember, when there is a doubt in how to do something within the business? Values, in rank order, will always decide. Choose them wisely.
8. How to Lead From Within? Fourth step is Purpose.
RT @gldunnjr: Beliefs + Vision + Mission = steps we take 2 #leadfromwithin Very well said. I would add one step we did not discuss explicitly, purpose. Purpose is the combination of your unique competencies blended with your values. Purpose is extremely powerful. The deeper a leader listens, the more likely they are to tune into their purpose. Purpose leads into Vision and Mission for an organization. If you do not know your purpose, your reason for being, you will have a very difficult time generating a compelling Vision/Mission.
9. How to Lead From Within? Fifth step is Vision.
RT @elincomm: Having vision is having hope. #leadfromwithin Wow, Tina, so true. Proverbs “without vision the people perish”. Great leaders know how to paint a picture of hope and expectation! They energize us with a future perfect tensed description. As Lolly describes: RT @LollyDaskal: Vision is a picture of what we want to accomplish in carrying out our purpose based on our core beliefs #leadfromwithin Great visions always capture us emotionally. They engage our sense of purpose. RT @darrellcbrown: Mission answers what; Vision answers how(future); core beliefs answers why!!! #leadfromwithin
10. How to Lead From Within? Sixth step is Mission.
RT @Josepf: loving this one: RT @John_Paul: A8: Having a mindset without a heart-set can trip us up. #leadfromwithin Reminder! Keep your heart engaged as you shift to Mission! It is easier to keep feelings in Values, Beliefs and Vision. Mission should still be missionary! Keep some evangelical fever in it. Yes I said that. RT @TaraMarkus: Choice is a gift not to be under-valued! Choose your Mission Vision and Values with mind heart and soul #leadfromwithin
11. How to Lead From Within? Last step is Methods.
Managers pay attention to the methods. Methods, or hows, are critical to success, they just are not important! (sorry, “bear baiting” managers, must stop!) Methods are always tied to What we are doing. What we are doing is always tied to Why. Why we are doing is always tied to Need. What is the fundamental need/problem we are trying to solve. Think about communicating over distance. Same basic need now as 300 years ago, just we are not using smoke signals too often these days. A great leader will keep the organization’s “hows” congruent with the What/Why/Needs and will not be afraid to radically shift What and How they are doing things to better meet the Needs. Think Steve Jobs.
12. Find a Sangha or Community.
The Tuesday evening #leadfromwithin Twitter Chat has been described by many as joyous! People linger well past the hour to chat, catch up, and make new acquaintances. RT @Koomba303: I truly love the intentional personal connections created by LFW. Reading what you’re doing with each other is inspiring! #LeadFromWithin It is a starting point for you to find support. We all need safe mirrors: RT @shareekenesi: Exactly RT @butterfly_pro: RT @emeliasam: RT @thehealthmaven: A4-Growth stems from those long looks in the mirror ~ #leadfromwithin and RT Josepf: A4) Yes, core beliefs MUST be questioned & tested, we must find safe/loving mirrors to examine ourselves in #leadfromwithin
I will let one of the professional coaches weigh in on the value of coaching or mirrors to great leaders. There are many quality examples. What I will urge you to do is find your community. It does not need to be this one, there are other great communities on and offline. Just find one that fits you and participate, build relationships and trust. Earn mirrorships (they are more important than mayorships, sorry #4SQ).
In closing, I did not cover 1/25th of the essence of the Tweets from tonight. Nor did I cover 1/25th of the people! So many great names and thoughts left out! So jump in! What did I miss with my snapped off synopsis? Please add your heart-felt comments below!
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