Are you lost? Lead with Purpose
What is the point of being in a Leadership role?
You might be shaking your head right now, saying, “I have no idea.”
Are you lost?
Leaders of all kinds get lost.
Leaders lose track of where they are, what they are supposed to be doing and for what reason. If you are one of these lost leaders, you might notice that you spend more time running around putting out fires, rather than on what you "should" be doing. Leaders who feel lost miss the priorities. They often burn themselves out.
If you are lost, you might feel, you might feel lost!
The whole point of leadership is that we are going somewhere
The reason we have people in leadership is to lead the organization to a certain point. When we are clear on that direction we are going, then our team can come alongside us more willingly. Consider these leaders and their direction:
So what is your purpose?
What is your point or your purpose in leading this organization?
That answer to that question may not come readily to you. But when you invest time in discovering the answer, or indeed a variety of answers you will find it chances the course of your day as well as your relationships. Identifying your core purpose makes it easier to lead, and thus people will follow you more willingly.
Your purpose may seem to change over time
I found that my purpose changed many times in my duration as leader.
What about you? Are you running around like a chicken with your head cut off, not knowing where you are going? It might be time to find some direction.
#leadwithpurpose means you have a clear sense of what you are doing and where you are going as the leader of your team and the organization.
Finding your core purpose
So how do you find your purpose? It’s not a simple, two-minute exercise. It is a mindful process that takes some time. If you want to get clear on your purpose, intentionally set aside some time to go through the process of:
review, reflection & identification.
Gaining a sense of direction
Leaders who move forward with a sense of purpose, find they are more effective, they also find they are more fulfilled. Take the time to get a sense of direction. Identify your core purpose by reviewing and then reflecting. Trust that in doing so you'll unearth some things you didn't know before that get you and your team back on track.
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Women leaders often hit a point where they find themselves in over their heads and wondering if they have what it takes to lead.