"One day I turned around and realized that the leader I'd become was not the leader I wanted to be. I had lost my spiritual impulse. I needed a new bridge between my personal values and leading the company." Thus started the speech by Arsenal Capital's Dr. Donald Deieso at ANE's recent Leadership and Spirituality Summit.
He calls it his Soul Crafting experience. He realized that his natural talent and early leadership experiences had taken him only so far. Over-piled with other's advice and exhausted by responding, he glimpsed the truth: Our team, colleagues and life are a reflection of our true self. We, at our very core, are a huge source of the success and failure in our lives. Don chose to intentionally improve the way he managed his spiritual core, and his leadership and career changed for the better.
A thirty minute podcast of Don's wonderful talk is here.
One tool Don advocates is called My Personal Board of Directors. It is a list of people, present or past, living or dead, who are spiritually influencing us in the way we are leading today.
"I looked deeply into the highly influential individuals in my life, especially the old-style controlling bosses. Mentally, I fired the ones no longer relevant to make space for new ones."
This week, ask yourself: Are the people influencing my leadership properly qualified, ethical, and relevant?
Fire some, if they are not!
ANE = Calm. Confident, Connected Leadership