It's Time to Redefine Leadership
Updated: Jun 12, 2019
A while ago I delivered a leadership session at a Conference.
Inspired by Drew Dudley's TED Talk on Everyday Leadership, what I presented provoked much discussion and thinking differently.
We celebrated our diverse leadership qualities in the many unique ways we show up. We made paper lollipops and ate real lollipops as we reflected on those who had big influences on our lives, in simple and big ways. People shared their hopes and fears around their leadership.
We hold so many beliefs on whether we are or are not a leader. Like we have to have the badge of honour; the certificate; the qualification or the permission to show up as a leader, when each one of us is a leader.
We don't need any of the permissions. We can show up as we are.
We have made leadership into something bigger than us. So big in fact that it feels just too unachievable. So why bother improving? Just let someone else put in the effort right? Leadership is not for the likes of me or you. I can tell myself these stories all day long. Stories such as:
I'm not a leader because:
I'm not in a position of authority
I'm not high up enough on the hierarchy
I'm not paid (enough) to take on leadership responsibility
I'm just a team player
I just want to turn up, do my job, go home and get paid
I don't want any hassle dealing with human beings
I'm a stay at home mum, dad, carer
I don't like speaking to large groups
I used to think along these lines too, until I watched Drew's talk. It became a lollipop moment. I realised that I am a leader all along. So I changed my story.
I am a leader because:
I show up lead as I am daily
I am a thought leader in sharing ideas like this one
I am a role model for my children, my family, those I interact with
I am redefining my unique version of leadership
I am developing myself constantly for my own growth, for my business and to share with you
I use my voice to train, coach, blog, to share wisdom that's important to me
I effect change in my life for my growth that ripples out into the world
I step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself by venturing into the unknown
I look after myself with regular self-care routines
There are so many aspects to our leadership.
Marianne Williamson says;
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
Who are you not to be?
Do you recognise yourself in any of this?
It's our birth right to share our gifts by leading the way.
It's our birth right to take the lead in what matters to each one of us, in the way that's right for us.
We can redefine leadership and reclaim what has been ours all along by stepping into our personal power.
If you want to know more about how you can redefine and express your unique leadership, lets connect, email me.
I encourage you to watch Drew Dudley's TEDx Talk here. It's a good one.
To your unique leadership,