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Article -> Leaders: Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Date Added: March 2017

We live in a society which can be ruthless and competitive, focused on power and position. Yet, we can also be caring, compassionate and loving. Being comfortable with who we are can make things easier.

One set of individuals are those having power and position, while not exhibiting caring, compassion and love. They have reached status of positions in business, government or other organizations only to focus on themselves.

Ultimately, these individuals should make us sad vs. angry. I pray for these individuals because they lack self-respect and confidence; using authority in a destructive manner.

A second set of individuals are those who are caring, compassionate and loving; however, do not have power or position. This is most people. They are our friends, co-workers, family and community volunteers. Good people who can become great heart and soul inspired leaders are our third set of individuals described next.

This third set are those whose power comes from being comfortable in their skin and using their gifts, strengths and passions to positively influence others. They may or may not have a position of power – this is irrelevant. They simply know how to serve others. Take the following example.

A well-known individual without any title, role or position. Others followed and listened to this individual based on the wisdom imparted, hope offered, and service provided. The power was never sought – instead expressed for others. Others wanted to extol a title; however, this individual would have nothing to do with this.

Others spoke of this individual’s innate authority more often than power. They were amazed by what they learned and what was said. This individual was comfortable with the gifts and personality demonstrated; and didn’t need to alter this in our competitive and ruthless society even though this doesn’t fit with some organizational norms.

This is the essence of authenticity, genuiness, and humility. It is simply knowing who you are and not seeking to change. When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with humility comes wisdom. If we stay true to who we are, we can positively influence others with our wisdom to truly help change the world.

David Yeghiaian is committed to inspiring others through faith and leadership. Reach him at david@unique-solutionsinc.com.

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