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Do you want to be a spirit-driven leader in 2017?

Here are 10 paths to explore on your journey


Spirit-driven leadership is the ability to lead from the inside out versus the outside in. As a youth, my favorite author was Leo Buscaglia. My room was filled with his uplifting quotes. A few of the following still carry me forward in life:

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

“Change is the end result of all learning.”

“A person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn feel, grow or love. Chained by his certitude, he is a slave; he has forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free.”

Are you a leader in life? Perhaps you waver in your response as the words pop up in your mind, “Well, I think so, I would like to think so…it depends on your definition of leader.” A spirit-driven leader in life is one who moves from the inside out versus the outside in, who guides another back to themselves as connected to their greatest expression of who they are created to be in this world. When a leader moves from their spirit they are able to go for what they want without the heaviness of attachment to something outside of them.

An attachment is an emotional state of clinging do to the belief that without some specific thing, person or outcome you cannot be happy. A spirit-driven leader is not concerned about the impression they make on others, this is living from the outside in, which will always render the one who plays this finite game of life vulnerable to rising and falling depending upon how the world judges them at that time…it is exhausting and unproductive.

Do you want to be a spirit-driven leader in 2017? Here are 10 paths to explore for spirit-driven leadership in New Year:

A leader is a constant student, knowing that their ability to develop talent in another is in direct proportion to their ability to develop their own gifts and talents. The student and the teacher co-exist within the heart of the spirit-driven leader.

The spirit-driven leader gives his/her spirit permission to guide others through the archway of love and humility utilizing appreciative inquiry and servant leadership rather than bullying behavior.

Knowing that a successful organization is made up of individuals who seek out learning opportunities for growth, the spirit-driven leader creates a learning environment that fosters engagement: the force that motivates employees to higher levels of performance.

A spirit-driven leader is one who has mastered herself in the area of impulse control revealing emotional intelligence that flows from the practice overcoming, what has been referred to by many spiritual mystics as fleshly outbursts, more commonly known as ego driven behavior: I need to rise above you in order to feel successful and enough. A spirit-driven leader fosters the growth in others without the fear of being overlooked or unseen in the light of the success of another for the good of all concerned, including the organization.

The spirit-driven leader lives in the space of mental observation versus reactive behavior. The one who steps away from defensive routines: entrenched habits we use to protect ourselves from the embarrassment and threat that come from exposing our thinking. Rather than avoiding vulnerability, they champion it as an effective tool for instant human connection and learning opportunities.

A good facilitator is a common trait associated with a leader who gives their spirit permission to guide their flesh. A spirit-driven leader does not need to own, control or possess a conversation rather they thrive on existing outside of judgments and assumptions and encourage the open flow of dialogue, stepping away from the expert role and empowering all participants to do the same.

A spirit-driven leader steps away from labels that prevent solution based thinking. They define conflict as a situation that requires their attention for solution and invite the flow of meaning contained within effective dialogue.

The leader who empowers others from their inner spirit practices mindful living, which allows space for those things that ignite creativity and spontaneity in the present moment; Playful behavior that quickly flips heavy team energy into lighthearted observation.

Assumptions and conclusions are replaced by a curious, open mindset that asks, seeks and knocks when faced with opportunities for growth and expansion. The spirit-driven leader uses this powerhouse mindfulness approach in 1:1 conversations as well as collective thinking. Asking questions for clarity as well as mentoring opportunities make up a valuable piece in the foundation of spirit-driven leadership.

Bookending the day with prayerful reflection around what worked and what didn’t work specifically within their personal field: choice of response to people and circumstances around them. Setting the intention for the next day without holding onto guilt and shame, releasing what didn’t work and expanding what did work.

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Lauren Miller

Lauren E Miller, has a masters in adult education with a certification in human resource development. She has personally conquered two of life's top stressors at the same time, advanced cancer and divorce. Now Google's No. 1 Stress relief expert, award-winning author, speaker and certified executive and life coach, Miller provides process driven programs with structure, guidance, support and accountability designed to create positive change in behavior resulting in positive impact on business (IOB) and life purpose. For more on her work in the world please visit her main website: LaurenEMiller.com .

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