What is Purposeful Leadership?
Simply stated, Purposeful Leadership is the act of transforming dreams to reality in a way that helps others. Another way of saying this is that Purposeful Leadership incorporates positive ethical values and is aimed at serving others. Purposeful Leaders are Givers. They are Servant leaders!
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Above all, leaders are dreamers, doers and get storytellers! The dreams of Purposeful Leaders are shared by all those affected by the leader’s actions. On the other hand, non-purposeful leaders are Takers. They shatter the aspirations of their followers and transform their dreams into nightmares. Adolf Hitler is an example of such a Taker Leader.
Leadership has been defined by many as the act of influencing others. This definition works well when describing a quality in an individual, but when a deeper understanding of leadership is sought the word becomes much more mysterious.
It is most important to distinguish Taker-Leaders from Giver-Leaders, or Purposeful Leaders. Most people, when referring to Leaders in general mean Giver Leaders, or Servant Leaders. However, the definition of Purposeful and Servant Leaders is very strict in terms of the Giver-Taker ratio — Purposeful Leaders are Givers.
Why do so many people view some American presidents, such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and John Kennedy, as great leaders? What made them leaders? What about inspirational leaders, like Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa? How did some of these inspirational leaders influence other leaders?
So, how do they do it?
These leaders had a purpose derived from an inner vision. They had belief and conviction in their vision. Their vision benefited others who were inspired and who enthusiastically followed the leader. These leaders were Givers, so they were Purposeful Leaders.
Why are people like Hitler and Saddam Hussein considered by some as powerful and effective leaders? These men were driven by external opportunities that enabled them to form a mission that attracted a select number of individuals. The rest of the “followers” did so either out of fear, ignorance or indifference. These men were Takers, not Givers, so they were not Purposeful Leaders.
Leaders are agents of change; they influence the actions and lives of others by bringing about either a direct or indirect change to individuals or organizations and societies.
Leaders at all levels of influence share a common set of attributes and principles. At the same time, it is important to recognize some differences between leadership at various levels and in various situations. Once you learn the fundamental principles of leadership (from the Leader Archetype), you can apply that knowledge to improve you own leadership skills in any setting — personal or professional.
Purposeful Leadership demands the Nexus of Body, Mind and Spirit.
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