Our lives, our society, and our planet have changed rapidly and unpredictably in recent years. If we are to find our way to a better world and a more stable environment, we need people who can see beyond today and draw others into an intentional journey of transformation. We need leaders who are unafraid of the road less taken, the one that requires vision and courage.
Becoming and sustaining resonant leadership will challenge you. Being a great leader can be rewarding in work and in life. People who consciously reach for a dream of a better future for themselves and others tend to live full, passionate, and meaningful lives. They find excitement in life’s challenges and meet its challenges with patience, strength, and serenity.
Resonant leaders are committed to personal values and face reality with strength and courage. They live and lead with hope and optimism. They capture passion – theirs and others – and use emotion, relationships, and vision to move people to a better future. They are energized by changing conditions and create conditions in which people can do their best.
Exercise 1 – Who Helped Me?
- Who helped you in your life and / or career? What did they say or do that had a lasting effect on you?
- Who has tried to help you perform better in the last 2 years? What did they do or say that resonated with you?
- What are the similarities and differences between them?
Thoughts and exercises by Annie McKee, Richard Boyatzis, and Frances Johnston in their book, Becoming a Resonant Leader: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence, Renew Your Relationships, and Sustain Your Effectiveness