A Vision of Leadership
Recently, I went to a symposium at a non-profit, Leadership Huntsville called, “Mind, Body, and Spirit”. I had been asked to speak in this series on spirituality as it relates to leadership. Even as I write I find myself turning it over in my head. Spirituality and leadership. How do the two relate? I will present evidence to them, and as a divorce lawyer, I know my way around evidence, as we become in touch with our spirituality we become better leaders.
We may call our higher power, God, higher consciousness, the Universe, or various other terms to connote something bigger than us. And this something greater, promises us, we can have, do, and be whatever we want. I remember as a child being told, with God nothing was impossible. I took this to heart. Despite humble beginnings, a childhood and young adulthood of being molested and raped, suffering depression, feeling not good enough most of the time, I called on my higher power and went to law school, opened my own firm, and became very successful over the course of a twenty year law career. Nothing is, indeed, impossible.
At the meeting yesterday the speaker concentrated on how we use our minds to become leaders. Our thoughts and words are important in how they shape our actions and those of the people around us. We were asked to articulate what makes a leader great. On my list was:
- Cohesive in thought and action
- A good communicator
- A positive outlook
- Willingness to listen
The premise was we can become better leaders by visualizing our success and seeing challenges as opportunities. “Our attitude is everything”. This was the first meeting of the monthly series and the house was packed with managers, business owners, and the leaders of Huntsville wrapping their heads around how their mind can shape their ability to become empowered leaders. I looked around and everyone seemed to be receptive. The principles being taught were the same ones I teach in the Law of Attraction training I have been teaching the last two years, “Infinite Possibilities” created by Mike Dooley.
Thoughts become Things is the foundation of the course. Just as important, our faith. My spirituality has changed. My belief that nothing is impossible hasn’t. Our beliefs and faith in ourselves must accompany the vision we have of leadership. In my coaching business people often come to be because they have been utilizing their positive thinking consistently. They have been thinking thoughts of greatness. But time and again they come up against the wall and feel defeated. Most of the time we can find keep digging until we find their belief that’s incongruent with their success.
The belief may be “I’m not good enough, I’m not smart enough, I’m not old enough, I don’t have family money, my company doesn’t make enough money, No one will want to listen to me” and on and on. They may be saying all the write things with their head. But look deeper. Their heart is filled with deeply held often subconscious beliefs that keep them from attaining what they want. I was at a coffee shop with a woman and she was telling me she could accomplish everything she wanted professionally but she couldn’t seem to find time to work out for thirty minutes a day or meditate. In a flash I told her, “Because you feel guilty spending time taking care of you, rather than taking care of everyone else”. The look on her face was priceless. “Oh my God, that’s it”. Our beliefs are often ingrained in us from childhood. Somewhere, someone, some situation signaled to us we couldn’t do something. Believing we have the right to success, to become leaders, to make decisions that affect others in a positive way, it must accompany our thoughts.
And we have to have faith. Faith we can move mountains, faith in our ability to lead, faith in innovation, faith in others. We have to embrace faith in our power to do anything we want. With God, nothing is impossible. Or within the Universe, or our higher power, whatever it is we tap into as bigger than us, we are invincible as we believe in ourselves imbued with the spirit that lies within us.
What about you? Do you think you are a leader? Do you feel willing and able to take on this role? Go deeper, do you believe you can? And lastly, do you have utter faith that if you have this holy trinity of thoughts, beliefs, and faith you can create whatever you want? Your vision of leadership will become incarnate as you believe and have faith it will.
Love, Light, and Positive Change!