Leading From Within

People Who Lead From Within are leaders who want nothing more than to live their lives according to their own truths and on their own terms. They lead from a core level that resides deep within their heart – in a deeply-rooted space where their values speak of what is best within them.

People who lead from within are:

  • Leaders who live a life of commitment and fulfillment of their heart’s desires.
  • Leaders who listen to their inner self and follow their internal compass.
  • Leaders who do not speak before those whose wisdom and experience exceeds their own.
  • Leaders who are constantly renewing, receiving and reviewing life.
  • Leaders who know what is important to them.
  • Leaders who are compassionate.
  • Leaders who are courageous human beings.
  • Leaders who are believers in mankind’s gifts.
  • Leaders who learn from their mistakes.
  • Leaders who are humble.
  • Leaders who truly listen.
  • Leaders who are not in a hurry to reply.
  • Leaders who ask relevant questions.
  • Leaders who give relevant answers.
  • Leaders who are not afraid to say “I don’t know” when they are unsure.
  • Leaders who acknowledge the truth and admit error.
  • Leaders who trust and engage in their greatness.
  • Leaders who explore and acknowledge their passion and purpose.

Are you a leader in your life? How do you lead from within?

Photo: Paddy Higgins

Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

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 has become a national bestseller.

  1. Sweetie Berry

    11. Dec, 2010

    Well done Lolly. Well done.

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  2. Victor Canada

    12. Dec, 2010

    Lolly, Great job on your blog. Love the title, Leading from Within”. Lists like this are great for taking inventory of your development and planning what you’re going to work on in the coming year. You already mentioned these on the list but leader do listen and are humble enough to keep learning from others. I’m excited about 2011.


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  3. Geraldine Bown

    12. Dec, 2010

    I think the greatest leaders are those who have a high level of self-awareness which means that they have the wisdom to know the right thing to do. And THEN what they need is the courage to do it.

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  4. Kathy

    15. Dec, 2010

    Another hit!!! Love, love, love it….I def. lead from within, I am so many of the bullet points you listed above and am working on perfecting the other ones that are not where they should be just yet. It’s a work in progress but one thing is for sure, CAN’T Stop Won’t Stop 🙂
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Lolly Daskal

      15. Dec, 2010

      Love your energy Kathy! Lead From Within and never stop.

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  5. Alok Appadurai

    27. Dec, 2010

    Your point about Leaders knowing when to say “I Don’t Know” is massively important and one that is lost on many! An old banker friend once said “Know What You Know, Know What You Don’t Know, and never B.S. about the latter!” I never forgot his advice and keep reminding myself daily!

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  6. Appu

    29. Dec, 2010

    Do not know whether a leader or not but Yes, learning from life is what I call life.

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  7. Adam

    10. Jan, 2011

    Found your blog tonight and read this article. Very well written and you made some excellent point on being a leader. I’ve always been of the opinion that leader is so much more than just a title. When I’m in a position of leadership the one thing I always do is Lead by example. I recently wrote an article on it on my blog, but yours was way better. Great Work! and thanks for sharing

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  8. Jon

    27. Jan, 2011

    Great points. Leading from within is essential. Another point to add is knowing when to remove your blinders. Many times, leaders need to maintain focus, ignoring the “noise” and keep moving forward. This is what keeps progress happening. However, at times, leaders need to know when to remove those blinders, so that determination is not confused with inattention to what is really happening around them. Good conversation.

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  9. Sharon Reed

    29. Aug, 2013

    Lolly — Your post is wonderful and to the point. For me, leading from within is about embracing the essence of who we are by courageously allowing our outer lives to mirror our inner selves, while humbly meeting others where and as they are. It is life affirming and empowering instead of self-serving and power wielding. Thanks, as always, for never failing to inspire. Sharon

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