Inspired Leadership: The #1 mistake leaders make that hinder success
July 2, 2013
Perhaps you are familiar with one of the greatest leaders to live in the past century, and maybe even in the history of humanity. He spoke a message of AHIMSA, meaning non-violence to all living beings, be they human or animal.
This may have been Ghandi’s most well-known message for society in general to guide their lives by, but he also had a message for leaders, like yourself, that if you follow one simple paradigm you will impact as many lives as you possibly can.
This message is as follows…
“My life is my message.”
Now how does this relate to your success as a leader and your ability to fulfil and achieve your mission in life?
The number one thing that I have noticed in the Human Potential Industry over the past ten years, is that the determining factor of a leader’s success is whether or not they “practice what they preach”, “walk the talk” and make “their life their message”. If you live by these “rules”, you will guarantee that you will impact as many lives as you were possibly meant to.
The main contributing factor to a leader’s demise - that I have seen over and over again - is when they no longer live the life that they are telling others to live. At this point, their world begins to crumble around them.
The best tool, paradigm and strategy that you can use to be a successful leader is to simply live your life one day at a time, naturally letting the life you lead inspire others to do the same.
To drive this home a little deeper, and to show you why this is a universal truth and not just a nice idea, let’s look at the origin of the word LEADERSHIP. To make the most of your time I am going to skip all of the references (which you can follow by clicking on each word) and I will just string together the words from one to the next.
As you can see, the word leadership is composed of two words, “leader” and “ship”, both contributing equally to the significant meaning of the word.
Let’s start with LEADER which obviously comes from the word lead, which originates from the West Germanic word *laidjan, from the Old French word guider, meaning "to guide, lead, conduct", from Proto-Germanic *wit- meaning "to know", which can be traced all the way back to the Sanskrit word veda meaning "I know". And “know” also comes from the Sanskrit word jna.
Sanskrit words are based on energetic experiences. The word jna, or jnana, centers around a cognitive event that is recognized when experienced. There is a famous mantra that says: "Om ajnana timirandhasya..." This translates to, “I was born in ajnana, agnosticism, but my spiritual master opened my eyes with fire of transcendental knowledge, jnana”.
Can you see where this is going? We still have the other half of the word to research. So join me now as we look at the origin of the word SHIP.
SHIP comes from the word shape which originates from the Old English word scapan meaning "to create, form, destine", from the Proto-Germanic word *skapjanan meaning "create, ordain". Create originates from the Latin word creatus, which means "to make, bring forth, produce, beget", and is related to crescere "arise, grow", from the PIE root *ker- "to grow", which means to make bigger.
The word big (bigger) comes from power, and power originates from potent, which again traces back to a Sanskrit word patih, which means "master, husband". This is where we finally come to the aha moment as we discover that the word master stems from mickle, which means mahat in Sanskrit, meaning great.
You may know Ghandi as Mahatma Ghandi, a name given to him after he transformed his own personal life. He collected his life experiences, or jnana, and shared his knowledge with the people. He was given the title mahatma for the impact that he had on the lives of others.
Mahatma means “A person regarded with reverence or loving respect; a holy person or sage.”
What greater desire of a leader than to simply be regarded with reverence or loving respect?
If you wish to be an inspired leader, live your life, gain knowledge, share it with others and become someone who is regarded with reverence and loving respect. Let the reverence come naturally and simply focus one day at a time by making your life your message.
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