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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Leadership--Do Your Actions Inspire Others to Dream More, Learn More and Become More?

Do you fancy yourself a leader?

I hope so. All of us are in a position to positively influence the lives of those around us. That makes you a potential leader no matter what official title or position in life you may hold--even if you are jobless at the moment.

Sometimes I feel like a Leader-less Child.....

Perhaps in your current situation you feel 'leader-less' despite being surrounded by high-titled 'Senior Leadership' or other such formally sanctioned persons. Why not step in and fill the leadership void in your life?

Yikes! You mean just Take Charge?

No. Leadership is not about exerting power, it is about acting in ways that others want to follow you. The best leaders are calm, clear, focused and understated.

So how do you fill the leadership void in your life? What is a leader--and how do you qualify as one? Personally, I like the definition of a leader provided by John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States:

'If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.'
While anyone can call themselves a leader, few sanctioned leaders satisfy this powerful standard set by John Quincy Adams. In fact, many who call themselves leaders do the opposite of inspiring others to become more. Through their own self-centeredness or fear they leave others feeling powerless and full of self-doubt.

But there is no reason why you cannot choose to become this leader, inspiring others--as well as yourself-- to dream more, learn more, do more and become more through your own actions.

Inspire Others through Your Own Struggles

So what is your situation at the moment? Are you in the middle of a confidence crisis? Have you temporarily lost your ability to dream? Have others made you doubt yourself?

Take heart. You have within you the strength and ability to handle whatever life throws at you. And you are the perfect person to inspire others.

 We are inspired when we witness others continuing to reach for their dreams despite difficult circumstances. The most inspiring stories--like that of J.K. Rowling, author of the highly successful Harry Potter series--are always about people who recovered from dire circumstances to go on to achieve great things. We want to see others dare to dream and achieve so we have the courage to do the same.

Choose An Inspired--Or Spirit-filled Life

Dr. Wayne Dyer says moment by moment we choose to live inspired or not. We are either enthused--or spirit-filled--or not. We have a choice.

Inspire literally means in-spirit---or filled with a spirited, animated or exalted influence. It also means to inhale or to breathe life into.

Now, more than ever, we need leaders who can inspire others--as well as themselves--to dream more. Too many have lost their ability to dream as hope fades, fear rises, and good jobs seem to disappear. But without dreams we cannot create for the future.

So be of good cheer--and chose an inspired life. Choose to have the courage to dream and take action to follow your dreams--especially in troubled times. Through your courageous actions you'll inspire others to follow your lead.

What are you doing to Inspire Yourself?

What are you doing to keep the dream alive in yourself?
What are your aspirations?
What actions are you taking to step into your dream? 
How can your actions be an inspiration to those around you?


Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman


Susan J Meyerott, M.S. Do you need help keeping your dream alive? International speaker and award-winning author, Susan Meyerott provides dynamic interactive workshops for people ready to better manage their work, life and health. Her programs have won national recognition and have been used in homes and organizations throughout the United States, England and Canada.

For more than 25 years, Susan has been helping people lighten up and step over invisible barriers to change one step at a time. As a speaker and writer, Susan blends her unique background in health promotion, accelerated learning, and communication with a very personal, practical, and humorous style. She speaks to your heart, puts you at ease, and makes changing easier than ever before.






6 comments:

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

A powerful post, Susan! Loved that subheading "Sometimes I feel like a Leader-less Child." (I can just hear Richie Havens!) Sometimes we all get bogged down in what my husband calls The Mundanity; we need these reminders to breathe life into our day or our lives.

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Jean
I love your husband's 'mundanity'--mundane insanity or mundane humanity--whatever--we do need to breathe life into our lives.

I think its so important that we all remind one another that we can be the leaders and inspiration for ourselves and others. We don't need to wait for someone else.

Anonymous said...

Susan,

This is truly one of your best. We all need frequent doses of inspiration. Actually, I think I need total submersion. I can't believe I have never seen John Quincy Adam's quote. It's absolutely wonderful! Help me to be this type of leader!

Lots of love, TMR

Chris said...

I am fascinated with the power of good leadership and do a lot of reading and observing.

I'm a fan of Peter Drucker -- especially his views on leadership and management. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
Peter Drucker

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
Peter Drucker

Your post is inspiring and motivational. Thanks, Sue.

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

My dearest TMR

Your comments always make me laugh. I know you so well I see how your mind works. I agree with you--John Quincy Adam's quote is perfection. I sat with this quote for a week just thinking about how it presented absolute truth to me.

Hugs and Love

Susan

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Chris--

Thank you for sharing those great Peter Drucker quotes. I am also a Drucker fan. He's so practical.

Time for us to get together to discuss Leadership and Power? Have you seen the book 'The 48 Laws of Power'? Fascinating!

Best,

Susan