Date Added: May 2015
A friend coined the term Heart & Soul Inspired Leadership and I created the definition; as a term without a definition results in much confusion. Basic leadership can be too over-powering for some and fearful to others; although everyone can be a heart and soul inspired leader.
A heart and soul inspired leader is any individual, regardless of age, regardless of role, regardless of title; who embraces his/her personal gifts, strengths and passions to positively impact others and change the world.
Reviewing this definition in segments, “any individual, regardless of age, regardless of role, regardless of title.” This embodies everyone. Young and old. Service employees or executives. Entry level and CEOs. It also means that because of age, role or title; someone is not automatically a heart and soul inspired leader.
“Who embraces his/her personal gifts, strengths and passions.” Passions are self-explanatory; and strengths are items we develop over time which we become exceptional at. Gifts are not the same as strengths. These are God-given unique traits we are born with that we may or may not ever fully acknowledge or develop.
“To positively impact others and change the world.” This is a scary statement to many; although we can positively impact others in very small ways such as holding the door open for them or large ways by helping a remote village gain clean water. The brave individuals on D-Day each positively impacted others and changed the world.
Everyone is capable of being a heart and soul inspired leader. It is a choice. It's your choice. It begins with you. Being a heart and soul inspired leader requires you to look deep inside your heart. Deep inside your soul.
Being a heart and soul inspired leader isn't easy. There are good days and bad days. Days when we truly are heart and soul inspired leaders; and days we fail miserably – despite our best efforts.
We face change on a daily basis and change takes heart and soul inspired leadership. Every decision, every criticism, every goal, every communication; should always be intended for a greater good other than ourselves.
Sometimes change may not seem fair or beneficial to all concerned; and in those instances, it may not seem to build goodwill and better friendships. Although, if change is always meant to be in the best interests of a greater good; these are the decisions which differentiate heart and soul inspired leader from others.
Being someone who desires to positively impact lives and change the world comes with sacrifice. It comes with criticism, ridicule and fear. One person can't do it alone.
History tells us it only takes a small group to begin as heart and soul inspired leaders; and this group can engage others. This is why anyone and everyone can be a heart and soul inspired leader to positively impact others and change the world.
Remember that you are never alone; and other heart and soul inspired leaders are out there and we only need to find them to be even stronger together. We are each one piece of a larger effort to positively impact others and change the world. We always need to think beyond ourselves.
Throughout history, it has been demonstrated that leadership is about change, about humility and about service to others. We are all leaders and we all serve; however, what differentiates heart and soul inspired leaders from other leaders is their heart. Think of how great each of us can be and how great our beloved community and world can be if we truly become the leaders we’re supposed to be.
Part of heart and soul inspired leadership is to mentor, coach and grow more heart and soul inspired leaders. Those leading from inspiration vs. fear of change – leading with their hearts vs. their minds. People who will inspire others to be great and seek to change the world.
Become the Heart and Soul Inspired Leaders you’re supposed to be. The leaders your family, community and world knows you can be. Be great and inspire others to be great!
David Yeghiaian is committed to leading people on a life-changing journey to being great leaders. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.