One key essential to the heart centered life is authenticity: the quality of being real, truthful, and genuine. Authentic people tend to be trustworthy because they consistently tune in to an inner moral compass to guide their interaction with the world around them. They make excellent leaders because their mission in the world is deliberately aligned with their most authentic personal values.
Being authentic, however, goes much deeper than sharing personal bits of information about yourself and being so vulnerable that you become an open book to the world.
Here are 5 surprising but important truths about authenticity that will help you become a leader who inspires and is highly respected:
1. Authenticity is not a leadership style, it's your character.
Leadership styles are manifestations of your responses to a particular situation. You may use an authoritative, supportive, or democratic approach to managing people in your team or resolving a...
People often ask, "What is the Heart-Centered Life?" and what does it mean to be "heart-centered?" when I talk about the launch of my website and the Heart-Centered Life Podcast. Since I get asked these question quite a lot, I decided to devote this post to answering that question and going a step further to explaining why living a heart-centered life is especially important in this time and age.
What is a "heart-centered life"?
A "heart-centered life" is a life where we live our daily life in true alignment with our values, purpose, inner morality, personal experiences, and intuition. It is life where we can access our authenticity (which I take to mean a realistic view of one's self and others) and powerful emotions like empathy, courage, kindness, inner resiliency, strength, and integrity to be better people and leaders. A heart-centered life is the most fulfilling way to live because we draw from our inner reservoir of positive emotions in our approach to the world.
Many of us enter professional life as professionals, entrepreneurs, and educators because we want to make a difference in the world. We would like to reduce the suffering, pain, inequality, and injustice we see around us and contribute to making our world better.
Building bridges for those who come after us is one way to make a difference. When I graduated from Stanford in 2004, my commencement speaker was Sandra Day O'Connor, whom as you know is my hero as a legal powerhouse and as a good, kind, and incredibly resilient human being.
Here is a quote from her address that I wanted to share with you:
"A single generation of public servants cannot bridge all the gaps of inequality and injustice nor span the chasms of our nation's critical needs. But if we focus our energies on sharing ideas, finding solutions and using what is right with America to remedy what is wrong with it, we can make a difference."
Sandra's message resonated with me a lot when I sat in the crowd of...
Every business has an ideal client avatar (ICA): the one person who the business considers the ideal client.
A well-defined and laser-focussed ICA is important to a business because having a clear ICA helps the business craft clear, relevant, and specific messaging to their customers. Amy Porterfield, an online marketing expert, has a great podcast about the importance in having an ICA.
My ICA happens to be Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here are 5 characteristics that makes Justice O'Connor just like all of us.
1. She is smart, resourceful, and determined.
Justice O’Connor - I will call her Sandra from hereon - grew up on a family owned ranch in Arizona and worked very hard. She attended Stanford University in 1946 when she was just 16 years old. At that time women undergraduates were outnumbered by men by more than 3 to 1 but Sandra excelled as an...