A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life, the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. He would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air. Years passed, and the eagle grew very old. One day, he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its wings. The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who is that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of birds,” said he neighbor. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth. We’re chickens.” So the old eagle lived and died a chicken, for that is what he thought he was. – Anthony de Mello
Do you have good leadership skills? Have you ever been asked this question before? Perhaps you already function in a leadership position or once did. What is a leadership skill and what is the definition of a leader anyhow? Many of us conjure up an image of a person, one that we would like to emulate (or not) such as Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Adolf Hitler, or perhaps someone that is your manager or CEO of your organization. Are some people just born leaders? We are all born with a seed of our own uniqueness - our unique gifts and talents, our “soul print.” If properly cared for, nurtured, and developed, this seed will blossom and develop and enable us to become an authentic and self-actualized individual. Unfortunately for most people, their soul print, their seed of uniqueness is socialized out of them beginning in childhood and throughout their early life leading to suffering throughout most of their adult life. This socialization process is largely based in fear and creates self-limiting and fear-based beliefs, which inhibits ones ability to be their authentic self and fully master self-leadership. In Richard Barrett’s provocative book, “The New Leadership Paradigm,” http://www.newleadershipparadigm.com he defines a leader as someone who has the courage to face their fears, challenge the way things are, persevere when things get tough, risk everything for the cause they believe in, and do all these things without any regard for personal gain.
Whether you are leading people, a team, an organization or desire to some day in the future, mastering self-leadership is imperative. For if you cannot lead yourself, how can you lead another? If you do not aspire to lead others, accomplishing self-mastery and self-leadership will enable you to minimize your suffering, become fully alive in your essence, and become an authentic and a self-actualized individual. We face a leadership crisis in our families, in our organizations, and in our societies. We highly recommend that you begin the change process by gaining an intimate understanding of who you are, how you operate, what is important to you, and what you need to find fulfillment in your life.
As a coach, we will facilitate and support your personal change and transformation process, your journey back to your authentic self and the mastery of self-leadership.
Values, Beliefs, Behaviors
Who you are, what you hold dear, what upsets you, and what underlies your decisions are all connected to your personal values.
Our values reflect what is important to us. They are a shorthand way of describing our individual motivations. Together with our beliefs, they are the causal factors that drive our decision-making.
Understanding our values helps us to understand why we may act or react the way we do. Living your values can make you feel in balance. In contrast, going against your values may make you feel as though you are not being true to yourself.
The personal values assessment from the Barrett Values Centre is a simple survey that takes just a few minutes of your time and provides a wealth of information and exercises in the report to help you understand your values. Take a moment to discover more about yourself through this powerful online assessment...