Leadership is a Calling

I’ve just picked up the latest offering by Thomas Moore (author of the classic “Care of the Soul”), “A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You Were Born To Do“. I’m hoping to find some wisdom that I can pass along to clients who are losing energy and connection to their reasons for being in leadership positions.

Leadership is a misunderstood term. It is overused to describe everything from “running an organization” or “managing people” to being on a board or council. Many people can do those things, but very few can actually “lead”. True leadership requires a complex set of skills and a great passion on the part of the leader – to get the work done through other people. It requires a huge amount of emotional intelligence, a dedication to succeed, and a willingness to keep going despite overwhelming obstacles.

I sometimes ask leaders if they have a job, a career or a calling. The very best will respond that they have a calling. Sometimes, they were intentional about finding their calling. The lucky ones either fell into it, or grew into it. In the latter case, sometimes it takes a lot of hard work to grow into it. It is much easier to remain resilient and focused (i.e., effective) as a leader if leadership is a calling.

I’ll write about the new Moore book when I get a chance to read it. In the meantime, check out this article for some inspiration: Landmarks for Leaders.

I am a former executive in a Fortune 100 company. I have owned and operated an executive coaching firm since 2003 called Aspire Collaborative Services LLC. We partner with great leaders to help them become even greater at developing, improving, and sustaining relationships with the people who are essential to their success. This blog is for leaders and those who help them to be more intentional about relationships at work. My top personal values include respect for others, kindness, compassion, collaboration and gratitude. I work very hard at practicing my values daily and when I don’t succeed, I practice some more. I am married with two wonderful daughters and two spoiled pugs.