6 Attributes of the Leader By Example
Self Assessment / Regulation
Organization / Prioritization
We live in a world of words, inundated by words on social media, in books, in conversation. Even this blog is a bunch of words. A story. Words are powerful. They are messengers that convey information, shape perspective, and inform experience. Both the words I say, and the ones I don’t, impact my interaction with, and understanding of the world.
The greatest leaders don't just speak, they embody their words. They don't tell me what to do, they show me how to embody it, and create space for me to embody it in my own way. They say less with greater impact. They create themselves as models of possibility, living with rigorous vulnerability, and a deep respect for how the way in which they work, express, and interact, informs how others work, express, and interact. They mind the details of practice as if each detail held the magical secret to life.
Praxis Action Style
types of practice
- Default Practice: normal, unconscious, day to day mode of practice
- Deliberate Practice: focused, specific, measurable, growth-oriented mode of practice
- Deep Practice: intense, felt-experience of the practice
The foundation of all great leadership is self-leadership, personal mastery, and disciplined practice. It's not what I say that matters, but how I say it and live it that creates the impact. Do I say, express, and practice it with the conviction of my body, voice, and action?
A leader delivers a message in order to mobilize specific action and behavior within a group of people. A leader by example delivers the message through personal experience and expression. They lead through the work of self. Becoming the model of possibility, exploring each moment with the courage and wonder to discover an opening. The leader by example exposes what's normal motion - the default - in themselves and works deliberately into the simple, deep practice of personal expression. They learn directly from experience, and relate to others from that experience. They realize that the world around them is a mirror. Before they say a thing, they believe the thing, because they've experienced the thing.
A leader by example says less, and inspires more. Do you?
Discover Within, Expand Beyond,
Below is an inside view into the personal work I did last year in preparation for the Olympic Games. What's possible for you?