A new week brings new opportunities to put our leadership values into practice. Assuming, of course, that we are crystal clear about what we value.
A quote from The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes and Catherine McCarthy that resonates with us is, “A clearly defined sense of purpose ties our values to concrete intentions and gives us external direction – a reason to get up in the morning and a fuel to stay the course in the face of the inevitable setbacks that arise along the way” (Page 238).
Or if you prefer, “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”
I’ve discovered that leadership has a way of forcing us to clarify what we believe and then requires us to take a stand on those beliefs.
Sometimes our purpose gets fuzzy because we’re under the stress of a looming deadline, busy with the day to day grind or emotionally distracted by things happening in our relationships. That’s when it is important to step back to think about why we are doing what we are doing.
Our bias for action as leaders calls us to push ahead in spite of the lack of clarity, but the wise move is to stop, step back and reflect.
Once we are clear about the PERSON we want to be and the PURPOSE we want to serve, nothing can defeat us unless we let it. We won’t fall for anything.
What really matters to you today? This week? What are you really trying to accomplish?
When we get those things straight, we have the spiritual fuel we need to make it happen!
I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.