But in the work I do with CEOs and organizations, I have found that most masterful leaders, the ones who lead with heart, are the ones who begin with honoring themselves.
[quote style=”boxed”] Honoring yourself doesn’t mean feeding your ego or inflating your importance. [/quote]
It means seeing the truth of who you are and leading from that strength.
It means that if you are in a jam you do not compromise on your values but you stand firm in your integrity.
It means that if you are accountable, you take responsibility.
How can you become a HEART-BASED leader who honors yourself?
Get Acquainted: Work to know yourself—all the way through.
Ask yourself: What do I need to learn about myself today?
Be Transparent: Be direct and transparent with yourself. We’re all subject to some degree of illusion, but it’s important to look past that to the truth.
Ask yourself: Who am I, really?
Respect Your Boundaries: Leaders tend to focus on giving, but failing to replenish leads to burnout. Remember the importance of caring for yourself.
Ask yourself: What do I need?
Be Honest: Be open to all about what you’re feeling—especially when it’s something uncomfortable. Show your humanity by refusing to hide your fears and vulnerabilities.
Ask yourself: What are my feelings telling me?
Reinvest In Yourself: Be kind to yourself. Work on releasing regret, anger, fear and anxiety. Invest your time in the things that make you feel good.
Ask yourself: How can I surpass self-defeat and find positivity?
Open Your Heart: As leaders we are always trying to make sense and bring logic to everything. Be open to hearing the voice of your heart.
Ask yourself: What will it take to quiet my mind so I can listen to my heart?
Express Thanks: Write each day all the things you are grateful for in yourself and in your life. Honor the good within and around you with gratitude.
Ask yourself: What am I grateful for today?
State Your Purpose: Understand your own sense of purpose. Craft a mission that reflects the vision you have for your life.
Ask yourself: What do I want of myself?
When you honor yourself, when you give yourself the same love and respect you give to others, you can free yourself from comparison and self-doubt.
[quote style=”boxed”] Never be afraid to show what is in your heart. Never be ashamed to show what you are capable of.[/quote]
By honoring ourselves you are making the statement that we have more to share, more to give, more to respect and more to bring value to.
Lead from Within: As a heart-based leader honoring yourself, show respect, integrity, and responsibility to your heart. Understand that you are here not only to give but also to receive.
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness is being released by Portfolio May 2017.