Deepak Chopra said “inspired leadership is established in being.” That is to say, to be an inspiring leader, one must be absolutely sure of oneself: one’s life, interests, passions, and purpose. Imagine a seed trying to decide whether it is a fern or a coconut tree – one can only give that which one has. Who am I? What do I believe? What do I want? What do I have to offer? Where am I going? When one is aware of what is at their core, one becomes limitless.
Leaders represent fortitude and resolve. Like a beacon in the mist or a seedling laying roots, they stand sturdy and offer a service to protect and deliver.
When I think about the people for whom I have admiration or the events in history that surround their success, I am continually inspired by their messages. People such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Jackson, Cornel West, Eckhart Tolle, Bob Marley, John Locke, Bell Hooks, and even Lady Gaga, I see them using their voice to encourage and inspire others to live in their strengths and challenge the status quo. Leaders help us to explore new opportunities for growth and development; they help us see.
I love Mastin Kipp. I have been following his blog The Daily Love since 2010 and love his message. I have so much respect and appreciation for his story and his mission and admire the strength and courage it takes for a man in today’s society to expose himself and be vulnerable. He said “we all have a tremendous gift to give the world that is already within us and is dying to be born.” He illustrates to us a gentile truth of the universe that is authenticity. The importance of being authentic and exploring our essence; to give birth to the creative spirits that we all hold inside and more importantly, to appreciate that all of us are unique, this is the ultimate calling of a leader.
Every person is perfect. When I say this I don’t mean to suggest some “Leave it to Beaver” hegemonic and stereotypic patriarchal illusion of perfection. I mean that each person is a perfect reflection of both the universe and our individual expressed creativity; our lives are the result of our choices and the consequences.
At my core I believe my purpose in life is to represent authentic voice and empowering contribution. I firmly believe that life is dynamic and ever-evolving and is a reflection of the collective consciousness of our community. I believe with every ounce of my heart that by changing ourselves for the better we can affect a positive change in the world.
As a leader (a parent, a board or committee member, student body president, director, teacher, or CEO) we must not be afraid to take that journey and discover the answer to these epistemological questions and offer our input and knowledge. As a leader, we can challenge ourselves and others who call themselves leader in a positive way to ensure that we are headed in the right direction. Growth happens from the inside-out. It is so with a seed, it is so with a person, and it is so with a community.
Who are some of your favorite leaders? How do they inspire you?