Leading with a Noble Purpose and pursuing a life of service to others only becomes authentic, dynamic and revitalizing when your spiritual practice evolves to the higher stages.
Until then it is mainly a “prepersonal” exercise firmly anchored to your egocentric self.
Being Selfless or Selfish
Leading without a spiritual purpose boils down to a simple ego-boosting technique that may make you feel better, but it will not lead to authenticity and into the ranks of the BIG L Leader. Doing good and being your highest self is not the same thing. Doing good can have at its essence an inflated ego drive – at a prepersonal level.
Authenticity and right motives may be repressed by the cocoons of denial and self-deception always assuring you of what a good person you are. When in reality, Authentic Servant Leadership requires brutal self-honesty (as to your true intentions) and that you truly acknowledge with kindness and compassion your own vulnerabilities.
You have no choice here!
“Be the most ethical, the most responsible, the most authentic you can be with every breath you take, because you are cutting a path into tomorrow that others will follow.” Ken Wilber
Detaching From Self
This developmental process is ongoing throughout life and it presents itself at both our strongest and weakest times. If your understanding of “self” is deep and broad enough, you will have the opportunity to detach from ego and with work, experience your higher self.
Then your Servant Leadership style will move towards authenticity and it will resonate in all you do.
This is the true meaning of service and responsibility blended within the presence of a true seeker seeing from multiple perspectives and choosing right actions in being in the world. Alas, you are awakening; you are beginning to know who you are and what matters to you.
“If you put yourself in God’s position, you will see that you wouldn’t be able to create the future in and through a selfish, self-centered person who deeply experiences incarnation as a burden. There simply wouldn’t be any room for you in such an individual’s heart, mind, and soul. This is why our enlightenment – our development beyond ego – has become nothing less than an evolutionary imperative.” Andrew Cohen
Making a Difference
If you have or are about to take up the practice, you have chosen to use yourself in modeling your beliefs, values, and gifts each day. You are now truly being in the world, however beautiful or ugly each day presents itself.
This is where you will stand with no excuses, apologies or wavering. You are here. You are not lost.
The manifest and absolute realities of life will show themselves. You are beginning to understand what you are here to do and have accepted the reality that your story (indeed all our stories) will end. As a Big L Leader, you will take a spiritual stance in your leadership beliefs and actions.
This path leads you to discover how you will make a difference by contributing what only you can give. Is there any nobler path other than the one that leads to your inner self?
“What is this precious love and laughter budding in our hearts? It is the glorious sound of a soul waking up!” ~ Hafiz
A New Frontier
As many of us have discovered, these moments of spiritual depth and insight may strike us suddenly and leave us a bit unsure about our previous worldview.
They illuminate for us a new frontier of profound growth and development.
That what we seek – our true self – is right in front of us. Are we ready to tap into this awesome potential? Deep experiences of this scale are essential for next stage progression in consciousness and awareness. Helping us evolve spiritually and integrally.
But we need the courage and commitment to step up and out on to this new frontier in order to feel the solid ground that will hold and lead us to our new-found “self” and the dangers, opportunities, responsibilities and obligations that await our arrival.
- How will you find your true self and immerse yourself in the authentic leadership experience that offers you the noble purpose way forward in your life and work?
- How do you continue to grow and deepen continuously, even when you are not in touch directly with these deeper developmental insights?
To paraphrase Rumi:
“These spiritual window-shoppers, who idly ask, ‘How much is that?’
Oh, I’m just looking. They handle a hundred items and put them down, shadows with no capital…
Even if you don’t know what you want, buy something, to be part of the exchanging flow…
As a leader, can you hear the spirit calling? If you cannot, what can you do to tune your ears, heart, and soul toward your calling? If so, what are your next steps in influencing others to greater heights? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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- (Servant) Leadership Defined (david-berry.com)
- The Servant Leadership example of Bill & Melinda Gates (georgiainstitutefornonprofitleadership.wordpress.com)
- Leadership:self- serving vs. serving. (danieloliech.wordpress.com)
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