“As you value the lives of others, yours achieves value.”
-Bernard Malamud, quoted in Breakthrough Business Development
We care for self to care in the world. Directing our energy is a gift to self and others. Giving this energy is most effective to the recipient when done by a spirit freed from limiting expectation. Free from any limitations, my colleague Anne-Marie (from the skill of Networking) gave me a powerful gift of encouragement.
Be present with the person in whose presence you are blessed to be. This presence assures that giving is authentic. Giving authentically means you impart time and energy in light of the impact you desire and intend.
There is no more present act than listening to another human being. Each act of giving – as in listening – is a unique representation of your personal purpose/brand. One by one, each act of giving unfolds the path to where we long to be; and in the process makes us a guide for others. One cannot focus on everything and be effective. Your individual compass is constructed with important components; your values, your strengths, and your purpose/brand is the needle on the face.
Listening is a commitment; a commitment that opens to providential movement as information is shared between individuals. Be grateful for your journey of self-discovery as a leader; a leader who authentically cares. You are someone who confidently gives to others because you know how to freely give to self.
Trust in being at the right place in the right moment. We can only be led to a common story through a focused present. As a 21st Century leader, you focus your leadership in the present to ensure that we put our individual attention to the right priorities, thus building fulfillment in our present work and assuring the rewards of the future.
Honor the story of another as you lead others to a common story. A confident leader does not lead us away from something. A confident leader points us toward something; a better future.
For more like this and the developing series around the 7 skills, see: 21st Century Leadership Skills