Good Morning Friends
Wow! What a week!
This Tuesday and Wednesday, I had the honor of sharing space with 9 leadership Scholars in my first-ever Intentional Leader Retreat. This cohort of disruptors and game-changers was selected for their fierce passion for growth, lifelong learning, and continual evolution. Perhaps most importantly, they share a commitment to lead with greater intentionality and purpose.
Intentional leaders are thoughtful and deliberate with the decisions they make and the behaviors they exhibit. They are transformational, not transactional, leaders. They live a life by design, not by default.
This weekend, reflect on what intentionality means to you. How does it impact how you show up? How you build relationships with others? How you inch closer to your biggest dreams? How you deepen your relationship with Self?
As you reflect, I hope you’ll consider participating in the next Intentional Leader Retreat, taking place Dec. 1-2. Applications will open in the fall! For now, you can learn more about the Retreat by clicking here. I hope to see you there!
The Power of Because
Did you know the word “because” possesses special superpowers, particularly when you want to get others to do something? This article (click here) reveals the amazing results of a 1978 Harvard study which examined the power of the word “because.” Intentional leaders provide a reason. They share their “because” with others.
[Video] Light in Times of Darkness
You may recall the powerful speech made by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, during her 16th birthday speech at the United Nations. This video (click here to watch) is an incredible reminder that even in our darkest hours, we can find the inner strength to rise above our circumstances and make a difference.
One of my favorite documentaries is “Six Million Steps,” a film that chronicles the lives of hikers during their adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,650 miles. As an avid hiker, I have long believed that hiking is about much more than beautiful sights and soaring heights. Rather, it’s about the journey, stillness and quiet moments along the way. It’s about reflecting with greater clarity than perhaps ever imagined. Food for the soul for intentional leaders! Click here to watch!
“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.” ― Anna Freud
A perfect quote to end the week! Intentional leaders choose to live a life of alignment to one’s core values, ideology and purpose. They know what they stand for and their North Star. They recognize, even in the most challenging of times, that their answers are always within.