One who leads or conducts; a guide; a person who inspires and motivates, a conductor. A leader can also be described as “a person who can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.
Heart based leader
Is someone who looks to the needs of the people and asks how they can help solve their problems and promote personal development. They place the main focus on people, because only happy and motivated people are able to reach their goals and meet expectations.
Both a heart based leader and traditional leader want to serve, inspire, and motivate.
The biggest difference between the two is that the leader who is a heart based leader and who leads from within is willing to look at themselves in the mirror.
To lead from within means having the courage and the willingness to look in the mirror first.
To be a heart based leader is to dig deeper; to look at yourself without judgment, not afraid to see the truth.
To be a heart based leader is to see the dark and the light, the shadow, the ego, the gifts and the greatness.
When you know yourself, you can begin to master leading yourself. And if you can lead yourself, you can model the way for others.
How do you begin to know yourself? It begins with looking in the mirror.
Review: First and foremost, review who you are and what you stand for.
Reread: Reread the stories you are telling yourself and others. Are they still true, or have you changed and grown in the past few years?
Reflect: Take the time to reflect and to examine what you think, what you feel, and how you’re acting.
Remove: Remove the barriers from your heart that keep you from inspiring and motivating yourself to move towards your best life.
Revamp: Revamp those habits you want to change and start implementing skills that better serve you.
Recognize: Recognize that there are internal scripts – thoughts that serve you and other thoughts that don’t serve you. What kind of messages are you sending yourself?
Responsibility: Take responsibility for what is happening in your life. The world is what you make it, and you are 100% responsible for your own life. With leadership comes responsibility; to yourself and to those you are leading.
Renew: Renew the things you like – no, love – about yourself. If you’ve lost things you love about yourself, renew them and start living again.
Rethink: Rethink what values, beliefs, gifts, and strengths you have, and start implementing them in your life and share them with others.
Recover: Recover yourself. Rediscover who you were – the person with vision, ideas, and dreams. Allow yourself to be that person you were before life began to take over.
Remember: Remember who you are at your heart center. Leadership, servanthood, and mastering life is not about learning new skills or about core competencies, it’s about remembering who we are as human beings and letting go of what no longer serves us.
Lead From Within is not a training program; it’s not a learning a new skill- It is all that you know already… and you can find it by looking in the mirror.
N A T I O N A L B E S T S E L L E R
The Leadership Gap
What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
Additional Reading you might enjoy:
- 12 Successful Leadership Principles That Never Grow Old
- A Leadership Manifesto: A Guide To Greatness
- How to Succeed as A New Leader
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- 4 Proven Reasons Why Intuitive Leaders Make Great Leaders
- The One Quality Every Leader Needs To Succeed
- The Deception Trap of Leadership
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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.