One of the joys of being funemployed is the learning. I have learned how to be a systemic team coach, I have learned how to assess people in a number of different ways via some cool psychometrics; I’ve read plenty of very cool books. (Thank you Dave Graham for the latest eye-opening, life changing one.)
Another joy is clearing out old shiz! I’m not a hoarder except when it comes to note books. Stuff with my musings, old work notebooks of lists and meeting notes; great ideas; every imaginable quote, model and teaching on leadership…
I found one today that I wanted to share. It started out as one of those notes to a younger self things which I would not normally do, but was prompted by a relative’s 21st birthday. The more I look at it and the more I talk about Leadership, the more I realise it is about humanity. Something on LinkedIn caught my eye yesterday, (because I have also been saying this for a while.) Excellent leadership is about being the best human we can be. We may have lost sight of that a little lately. So here is my manifesto.
- Be brave enough to truly know yourself. Be brave enough to ask yourself tough questions and really listen to the answers
- Love yourself. Love your imperfections. NO-ONE ELSE SEES THEM!
- Listen to the anger that goes on in you. Find out why
- Ask yourself what you want your legacy to be. How do you want to be remembered?
- Check-in with yourself: Am I happy, kind? Am I doing what I want? Am I being who I want to be? or am I just going along?
- Take time to BE and to explore and to do the things you love
- Be a contributor to family, friends, community, causes
- Challenge. Question. Say no. Say YES! Play. Have fun regardless of how old you are.
- Remember the little girl or boy in you, because they never leave you
- Be grateful and kind and gentle. There isn’t always a need to fight everything/everyone, or chase everything/everyone
- Be you! Listen to you. It doesn’t matter what you “DO” for a living, it matters what kind of soul you have
- Simplify the confusing stuff – break it down. Listen to your heart and your gut. Intuition is underrated
- Know you are beautiful. Know you are talented. Know you are unique and know you are loved for all that you are
- Don’t strive to make people happy at a cost to yourself. That’s not your job
- Feel ALL the feels. Emotional intelligence has more credence than intellectual intelligence
- Travel. Eat amazing food. Learn new things – music, another language. Be shocked. Be shocking! BREAK THE RULES
- Be whoever you truly are. Know who you truly are. Respect who you truly are
- Hold tight to the belief that you are wonderful
- Approach difference with curiosity
- Have empathy and compassion in your life. For everyone. All the time
There are many more I am sure, so if you have them and would like to add to the manifesto, I welcome your thoughts.
“I am the traveller, not the cartographer”. Nothing here is new, I didn’t make the map I’m just on the journey.