Are you a leader of self? A leader of others?
Do you have the courage to answer these top 10 questions for discovering your truth? I challenge you to answer the questions from this article in the comment section. Share the article and in the post tag three other leaders and challenge them to answer these questions.
Recently I was having a conversation with a young leader that on occasion I get to offer some guidance to. As we spoke it was obvious that he was both hurting and angry about something.
I took my time to find out what it was that had gotten to him as he is usually a pretty solid individual. It seems that someone who had a certain amount of leverage over him had made some pretty damming statements about his character and worse still had made these accusations to other people of even greater influence.
As a leader you can and should expect to be questioned, not just on the decisions you are making and why you are making them, but also on your very character.
Introspection plays a vital role in being an outstanding and deeply authentic leader. The challenge is that too few leaders take the time to be introspective, to few bother to ask ourselves the sometimes uncomfortable and revealing questions that will allow them to actually know their own “truth”.
We live in a highly reflective world, meaning that it's very easy to see yourself in the images and ideas of others. It takes since courage to stop, be alone and ask yourself the question that will likely make you uncomfortable. However, authentic and Influential Leaders have taken the time to get to know them selves.
Authentic leaders believe in their own power to achieve their dreams, because they know which dreams are their own and which are societally (or otherwise) imposed. The authentic leader also believes in others who authentically claim their power. They know who they are and what they believe and just as importantly they know that nothing, including their beliefs is permanent. Because the authentic leader is an evolving leader, an evolving human being.
- Who are you without your accolades?
- What matters most to you?
- What would be the hardest thing (physical) for you to give up?
- What would you fight for with your dying breath?
- What is it that you use to fervently believe that you now see was completely misguided?
- In the quiet moments, who or what do you secretly blame for your struggles or failures?
- If you died tomorrow what would those who didn't like you say about you?
- What painful situation are you now most grateful for?
- If you died tomorrow what would you want your legacy to be?
- Is that presently your legacy?
Bonus Question: If not what are you going to do about it within the next 24 hours?
So now it's your turn! Or are you a coward? Let's find out…Do You Have The Courage To Answer These Questions and Post Your Answers In The Comments Below? (I have!)
Once you have completed the challenge you can challenge 3 others to do the same. Let see how many courageous leaders there really are?
I trust that you found this question valuable, if so, feel free to send this to your friends. I eagerly anticipate your feedback and comments.
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