For me, leadership comes down to 2 things. It's not about you & it's all about you. It's about how you serve others and how your behaviors provide evidence of your authentic intentions. Inspiration and help for the latter came to me from a friend during a tough time. It has proven to be one of the best gifts I've ever received.
Today, this book is one I've gifted to others the most. It's"The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz. There are situations every day where at least one of them applies, making them continuously relevant.
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth & love.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say & do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions & actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions & to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness & drama. With just this one agreement you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstances , simply do your best and you will avoid the self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.
These fit really well with my personal leadership philosophy. Agreements 1 & 4 speak to my behaviors while 2 & 3 help me take care of my head space.
How do these fit with your personal leadership philosophy?