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Leaders will often look at the intellectual attributes of being a great leader. They point to great strategy and winning against the competition, but leadership is also about matters of the heart. Leaders should be mindful, authentic, and caring.
Heart-Centered Leadership simply means being compassionate to lead others by having the courage and wisdom to lead with authenticity, transparency, humility and service. They understand that people have the need to be valued, respected, listened to and involved. Upon recognizing and honoring the human element, heart-centered leaders possess the wisdom and capacity to positively convert any organization and run extremely successful and profitable businesses. Anyone can be a heart-centered leader if he or she has a daily commitment and determination to practice certain core principles.
The root or basis of these principles is what we call “the power of the human element.” Two things are required to tap into and unleash the human element. The first is your ability to listen or, even better, your ability to learn how to listen. The second is your own willingness to clear personal difficulties, in other words, your own story and organizational obstacles that get in the way of this deeper listening.
Off the top of your mind, what 3 things are different about a heart-centered leader? First, the focus is to serve the people that you are leading, not the other way around. Second, a heart-centered leader tells the truth. If you are not able to provide information when asked, you must be willing to explain why you aren’t at liberty to share that information. Lastly, a heart-centered leader comes to understand, asking the right questions instead rushing to judgment and assumption.
When I talk about leaders having a big heart, I am talking about these factors:
Ultimately, a heart-centered leader leads from principles, virtues and values.