Do you believe leaders are born or are they made?
Way too many articles, blogs and books have been written about leaders being born vs. made and frankly I’ve grown really tired of them, because the question isn’t black or white.
The truth lies somewhere in the middle.
We believe that leaders are born and made.
You were born with every inherent gift to be a great leader, but your becoming a leader depends on your drive to develop your unique leadership qualities and to learn some that may not be so natural to you.
Being born with great leadership traits and deciding not develop or act on those qualities doesn’t make you a better leader.
After working with entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders across all sizes of organizations, there is one simple truth.
If they want to lead their teams or business to create outstanding results, they have have to develop their personal leadership first.
Think about it…A leader is someone who influences others to achieve a common goal, but if you haven’t developed your personal leadership, how can you expect to influence or lead others to achieve the goal?
No matter the issue: from being overwhelmed to team dysfunction or dealing with conflict, it always boils down to you making the change and developing your personal leadership first before you can effectively lead and manage those around you.
We believe leadership is a holistic way of living your life.
Whether at your work, in your home or your community you are leader. You lead yourself daily and leadership is something you need to embody.
Why? Because if you aren’t taking charge and leading your life, then who is? The Universe, your boss, your spouse, your parents? All of these have influence on your world, but ultimately you are the leader of your life.
You make the final decisions, you decide what actions to take.
It’s time to lead yourself first and Lead A Bigger Life
Throughout the course of my leadership coaching and my own personal development, I’ve narrowed in on what I believe are the 5 core holistic principles that you must embody to be a leader in your professional and personal life. It doesn’t matter if you are CEO or a intern, it’s our firm belief that if you embody these 5 principles you will have more success, more happiness and greater rewards in every facet of your life.
If you live by these 5 principles you’ll be leading a bigger life. These are the cornerstones of how to build a solid personal leadership foundation with the Lightbox Leadership model, using everything we’ve learned over the years.
Leading A Bigger Life is about achieving the success you desire in life and business and having systems to accomplish your greatest goals and overcome your biggest challenges.
When you lead a bigger life, you have the clarity, purpose and tools you need to overcome your fears, challenges and barriers to achieve what you want in life. Each of these five principles enhances the others. Together, they’re much stronger than they would be if any of the principles were missing.
So let’s get into it…
The 5 Principles to Lead A Bigger Life
Principle 1: Ownership, Responsibility and Choice
Ownership, responsibility and knowing you always have the power of choice are the keys to unlocking your potential. You must acknowledge and take complete ownership of your current life circumstances to lead a bigger life. Only by being accountable for all of your actions and reactions can you put yourself in total control of your destiny.
Principle 2: Assessment and self-awareness
Have you honestly assessed the quality of your life personally and professionally? Have you taken a serious inventory of your habits, beliefs, behaviors, thoughts, strengths and challenges? Do you have the mindfulness and self-awareness to capture how they impact you? The ability to harness your awareness and objectively assess who you are at this moment gives you incredible leadership leverage and paves the way for principle #3.
Principle 3: Personal Discovery
Personal Discovery is fully developing your core values, your personal mission statement and laying out your grand vision. It’s about you gaining clarity into who you are, what’s important and what you want your legacy to be.
Principle 4: Systems of Productivity
Systems of productivity are goals, routines, practices and habits, which create the life you live. When you systematically repeat healthy practices and habits day and day out, you start embodying new behaviors, thinking and ways of being which support leading and living bigger.
Principle 5: Energy and Health
Energy, vibrancy and resiliency are critical components to leadership. Your emotional, physical and mental energy systems all depend on each other and deeply impact your ability to perform at your highest level. You must ensure you have optimum energy and clarity of mind to work your systems and lead the bigger life.
I’d love to hear from you
What is your take on being a born leader vs. a made leader?
Make your comment specific as your stories, ideas and experiences help us all. Thanks for being here, for contributing, for listening and for being a part of my journey. – Derek
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