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01 2012

Courageous Leadership Skills: The Power of Destination

Syndicated from: Box of Crayons

“The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.” ~Charles DeLint Every day, leaders are expected to push themselves, and inspire others. They are expected to have courageous leadership skills: to act decisively and gather everyone around a clear organizational goal. So what gets you moving toward your goal? If you’re relying on your internal motivation, your own self-will – you’re only tapping into half of what’s available. Sometimes you don’t need to be pushed. You need to be pulled. Using the power of the destination Great Work is great because it holds the promise of change, impact and meaning. Or to get visceral, it’s a juicy, exciting, thrilling place to be. But even if we start off knowing where we’re headed, sometimes we can lose sight of the destination and get beset with the minutiae of the journey. The details, the bumps, the grind of it all. Reconnect with the destination, that cool and exciting destination that started you on this journey in the first place, and if it’s big enough, exciting enough, rewarding enough, that destination can be enough to get you to take a step away from fear. Remember why you were excited about where you’re headed. Putting it into practice Think about the project you’re working on, the thing you’re focused upon… What does success look like? Imagine that. Describe it, in words or in pictures. Make it as real as you can. Notice the details. Now, “amp it up”. Take that vision of success, and make it 20% more powerful, more bold, more expansive. What does that look like? Feel like? How’s it different? Just soak that up for a bit. Enjoy it. You don’t have to rush away. And then, when you’re ready… Imagine now you’ve got that success, just as you’ve imagined. What impact would that have on your organization? What would be different? How would things be better? And what impact would this have on those around you? And knowing all of that … What’s the next step forward you could take?

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