Last week I had the opportunity to talk with two previous clients who were considering career opportunities. I was impressed that, in their discernment process, they were focused on what I call one’s Core Self – your core values, Strengths and purpose. It was great to hear that they had confidence, feeling they would be successful with the responsibilities of the positions.
With their focus on the right fit and where they’ll have the best opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to inspire others while achieving results, they discovered, as many of my clients have, that this is a much harder place of discernment – it’s not always as obvious. Their discernment process was made easier by being clear about their Why (their purpose) in combination with their core values and Strengths.
As I’ve mentioned before, it’s the Three-Legged Stool that makes you unstoppable in achieving your dreams. This week we will go deeper into articulating your Why, your Purpose, your Calling – whatever you want to call it.
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Finding your leadership purpose is not easy. If it were, we’d all know exactly why we’re here and be living it every minute of every day. However, it’s one of the most important things you need to do if you want to grow and develop into a more effective leader.
Here’s how: You can begin to identify your leadership purpose by:
Developing Your Stories
Mine your life story for common threads and major themes. Your goal is to identify your core values, strengths, and passions – the things that energize you and bring you joy. The following prompts may prove helpful:
- What did you especially love to do when you were a child before the world told you what you should or shouldn’t like or do? Describe how a key moment made you feel.
- Identify two of your most challenging life experiences. How have they shaped you?
- What do you enjoy doing now that brings out the best in you? What leaves you with a sense of fulfillment?
Working with a Coach or Mentor
It’s almost impossible to identify your leadership purpose alone. Sometimes you are just to close to everything. You may benefit from working with trained professionals who act as mirrors. Retain the services of a certified, experienced executive coach, or find a qualified mentor. You can also seek feedback from a small group of trustworthy peers.
Writing out a statement of purpose
After completing the first two steps, take a shot at crafting a clear, concise and declarative statement of purpose.
Start with a personal purpose statement:
“I am called to ______, or My purpose is ______.”
Next, move to your Leadership purpose:
“My leadership purpose is ______.”
The words in your statement must be your own. Don’t pull buzzwords or clichés from a business book or article. Your statement must capture your essence and call you to action. Don’t worry about getting it right the first time. You can wordsmith your statement as you work with it and live into it, getting it just right.
As you review your life stories and experiences, you’ll likely find a unifying thread. Pull it to uncover your purpose and begin to share it with others. Your payoff will be an increased comfort level as you articulate your purpose. You’ll naturally build trust with your followers by articulating with authenticity who you are and how you show up.
I realize that your time is precious and to do this process justice it requires reflection. It takes courage to reflect and define what truly matters to you in your life as a leader. When you become clear about your Why you’ll experience satisfaction and results in your leadership that make it worth your time and effort. You’ll know what to say yes to and what to what to say no to.
Working with a coach, like myself, who has experience and passion for getting to the heart of identifying your core self, core values, strengths and purpose (or calling) yields amazing clarity for your actions. If you’re interested in learning more about the process of identifying your leadership purpose let’s connect. You can reach me here and on LinkedIn.