We need to consider everything that affects us when we hope to change for the better. Our actions come from a combination of our personalities, the people around us, our abilities and what’s going on in the world.
If we do not look at all these aspects then our actions will not be successful. This is why Inner Leadership is so important; it enables each of us to be clear about what we need to do in all the areas of our lives to be successful overall.
Developing Inner Leadership is an approach to looking at these areas through a combination of exercises and processes to support and encourage each of us in our own unique journey. Inner Leadership is about being true to yourself and doing what you need to do because it is right for you. It doesn’t matter to the Inner Leader whether they have followers or not – their own inner vision is what counts for them.
It’s about honouring and respecting yourself without the arrogance of certainty. And if the Inner Leader truly honours and values him or herself, then they will honour and value others as well.
At the core of all of us – acknowledged or not – is a deep caring for and connection with all life. There are many obstacles, external, but more often than not internal to reaching this inner base of caring, security and joy. Not the least is fear and following on from that the confusion that results from all the stuff we take on board from others that doesn’t belong to us.
Our task is to understand and release the barriers that have blocked us, through no fault of our own, from being in touch with this source. Once we have done this, like clearing the clouds that stop the sun from reaching us, we can express our joy and caring for the benefit of ourselves and others.
Inner Leadership is for those who want to undertake this journey to their source and to emerge back into the world as a true Inner Leader – one who cares and is strong enough to do what is right! This may or may not be a difficult or easy journey – that depends on what we need to let go of – but the final destination is one we will all arrive at – peace and joy and a sense of who we really are.
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I’m not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think. And to dare to go with the truth. And to dare to really love completely. RICHARD BUCKMINSTER FULLER