Each time I deliver a Fully Alive Leadership keynote or workshop I’ll ask a participant to describe a great leader they had, what made them a great leader and how they responded to that person’s leadership. There are three characteristics that are mentioned every time – the consistency is remarkable – and one of them is embodied in the title of this work: Fully Alive.
Every participant describes how his/her leader was completely with them when s/he was with them. Fully present. Right here and no place else. According to thousands of presentation attendees telling hundreds of great leader stories, that is where great leadership happens – always.
When you are present with those who look to you for leadership they feel your focus on them and there is a connotation of caring and respect that accompanies that and it has a powerful influence on others to want to give their best. The chemical equation for this is complicated but the basics of what happens are elegantly simple: You show up and focus on them and they get the message that you care about them and that turns into action. It is as though they are saying,
“You care about me, so I care about you – and the last thing I’d ever want to do is to let you down. I’ll do whatever it takes.”
Fully Alive is where your greatest leadership happens. Indeed, it is where all of your life happens, so I’ll invoke the words of a great philosopher, Jimmy Buffett:
“I”d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead.”
How about you?
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