How we see ourselves effects how we see others.
That is why in the shepherding framework before we invite others to follow us, we start with shepherding ourselves. If we lead ourselves well we will be in the best position to lead others.
For certain, we cannot give what we do not possess so when we are ready to become a transformational leader and invite others to join us, we begin by assessing what giftings we possess and can offer. We do this by taking inventory of what we have in our tool kit. And everybody has something!
What words resonate with you?
The image in this post is a terrific example of how to start and comes from my daughter. She created this at school and her work illustrates how good leaders build their foundation. She identified all the attributes important to her in a creative way. Her way. What I like best are the words at the center, “I am enough.”
Making the change
You are enough to bring the spark to ignite the change you wish to see in the world. While the type of leadership I’m talking about takes time, it is worth it. The change we bring is sustainable because it is formed first in the hearts and minds of others before we see it come into the world.
Be the safe place
Through the process of accepting ourselves the way we were designed, our true voice can begin to be heard. In our work, when we accept that we bring unique value to every endeavor, we become less critical of those around us.
We may also find that as we do this, we become the safe place that our teams need to perform well. Instead of our team running and hiding from us, we become the one they run to in times of trouble.
You are enough to become the safe place.
I will be unpacking some of these ideas at the upcoming PMI Symposium in a few days. I hope I might see you there.
Shepherding: The art of becoming the leader others want to follow.