I didn’t really aspire to have a formal leadership position in the corporate world.
So I was surprised when early in my career my manager commented: “you’ll be a great manager”. Me? A manager?!
I don’t fit the bill, do I? Don’t you need to be a super-assertive alpha, or ace the “corporate politics” game, or be willing to sacrifice and compromise for the sake of gaining influence and power? That would not be me.
Power is not my thing. Empowerment is!
Now I know that every single one of us is a leader. At the very least you lead yourself, then goes your family, kids, or friends, and quite possibly a team or an organization as.
I also believe that there are natural leaders who will bring huge value to the organization as well as make their experience at work and in life immensely more fulfilling if they fully unlock their leadership potential. This will also benefit the entire system.
Are you a natural leader?
- Do you think about your contribution?
- Do you want to have a bigger impact?
- Do people come to you with questions or when something goes wrong?
- Do people share with you things they don’t tell others?...
These are some of the indicators of inner leadership.
This is the time when leadership is needed at all levels of the organization.
As McKinsey Co pointed out, COVID-19 accelerated the shift away from authoritarian leadership to new forms of distributed decision making. The demands of faster business cycles require that decisions be pushed to the peripheries. With less physical presence, there are more opportunities and need for leaders at all levels.
If you have the inkling that you want to step up your leadership potential, the time is NOW. Even with all the uncertainty, you have much more control and choice than it may seem. And you have a unique opportunity.
And I will be happy to help. My focus is to unlock and liberate natural leaders.
How to develop your natural leadership potential
The first step is self-agency, taking the power you have over your own life, and connecting to what's important to you. Here the empowerment comes in.
What would it be like to confidently know your strengths and be able to leverage them off with integrity to make the impact that you want to make?
How much longer do you think you have to work? Do you want to slog away fighting exhaustion or be energized about what you do and the contribution that you make?
Developing inner leadership is a huge part of the Fire Starter Session program that I am running. A new cohort begins on August 25, there are a few places left. Check out the details here or reach out to me, if you have any questions.
With this cohort, I am still offering introductory price, because I believe that leadership is urgently needed now. You can enhance your leadership and contentment at work for the price of a cup of coffee and a croissant a day. How cool is that?!
Choose to get as much or as little into the formal leadership role as you want and as it fits your natural rhythm of life. But if you think that you are not a leader, think again.
Your time is NOW!
With love and support,
Sveta Parilova is a career and leadership coach who partners up with mid-career professionals to help them get rekindled and renewed about their work/career so that they feel less stressed and more joyful at work and at home. She is passionate about supporting people in their search for purpose and meaning in their work and life and is humbled and honored to be part of their journey to a more joyful self. Click here to schedule a Complimentary Discovery Session and learn more!