Volume 3: Leadership Becoming

This section is dedicated to you! Here you will find worthwhile articles, videos, readers’ stories, blogs and practices. Make this a part of your leadership journey as it unfolds. Enjoy!

What counts in live is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

- Nelson Mandela -

Articles

Leadership Becoming

by Mel Christie

Most word collections would like us to understand that “becoming” is the process of coming to be something or of passing into a state (cf. Merriam Webster).  For leaders, it suggests that there is something that we are not and the attainment of which, requires finding the process so we may pass into the state.  If we are thoughtful, we see that this idea is describing leadership as a destination or state to be attained.  It also proposes a fixed river that must be navigated to arrive there.  What happens next, if we indeed succeed in this process?  What happens to us when and if we arrive?

Let’s look further together.  Start with a premise that leader is already in your DNA.  I imagine that for some this may be an unusual idea.  I am pointing to the unlimited possibility in each us.  Like so many other possibilities, it exists in your makeup.  It is already an aspect of who you are as a human being.  Discovering this about yourself is part of your uniqueness.  No other person has your singular “leader within”, having the potential to not only be discovered, but also to manifest itself through your life.

What is it about leaders that people around them want to follow them?  We all can find differentiating wisdom pointing to characteristics, strengths, and skills.  However, in a world where we are mirrors of each other, seeing someone’s leadership capabilities and capacities suggests that these same qualities are also in us.  We would not even “see” it in others if there were not a spark of the same in us; or at least something we also aspire to.  Perhaps it lives outside of our awareness, or as untapped potential – but it’s there!  How else can we explain all the times others see leadership in us before we even realize it?  How often are we invited to lead even before we believe we are ready?

In my book, The Six C’s Of Leadership, Improve Your Ability To Lead With Power & Purpose, I suggested that this is a call to rediscover the leader in you.  Experience and express your own uniqueness as a leader.  You’ve come this far, don’t stop now!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Mead -

Readers' Stories

This section is dedicated for you our readers. Please send us your stories about your experiences with The Six C’s Of Leadership. Look for yours right here!

“The Six C’s of leadership is one of the books to you must read, applied and pass on.

Having to leave the corporate world seven years ago and reading a book related to a corporate environment again, was simply a breath of fresh air for me. Now, a mom of two I began to explore a new power and purpose through this book.

I really love the idea that there is a book on leadership that applies to parenting too. Mel’s view on leadership was well structured, flowed and easy to understand.

The book definitely reconnects your leadership being. Reading through the lines it’s about knowing ourselves, finding our own passion and giving commitment toward contribution and more.

Highly recommended to anyone from all walks of life.”

N. Lokman

LEADERSHIP PRACTICE

Contribution

Action:

  • Stop… the business of the mind and quietly allow what is truly calling you to be heard
  • Look…around you at your world with intention to see.
  • Choose…an opportunity to give to someone else
  • Act…by moving yourself aside for someone else’s benefit.

Reflection:

  • What is truly calling for you to contribute?
  • When you choose to act for others, what is the experience?
  • What did you give or receive as you contributed to another?
  • How will you continue to make this a part of your leadership practice?

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