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Nordhausen, self-leadership and true success.

Nordhausen, self-leadership and true success is what it’s all about this month.
‘Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.’ Ibn Battuta

Rest of Blog Grateful to have once again got the chance to travel to Nordhausen University in Germany to teach a course on self-leadership and success. No doubt there will be the telling of many stories and the exchanging of many different points of view as there are so many of us here from all over the world.

I’ll start by asking them, “When they hear the word ‘leadership’, what’s the first thing that comes into their mind? For most people think of management, power, position or something that you are born to do. When asked to name leaders they admire, most people think of, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Barack Obama. While they may be leaders, this is neither the type of leader nor the type of leadership that we will be discussing at my workshop. The leadership we will be talking about will be one starting with a small ‘l’ not a big ‘L’, in the sense of what the traditional definition of a leader is.

For self-leadership begins with you as an individual and your willingness to improve your life. There’s no need for big or grandiose achievements. While these may happen, they don’t have to for you to live a life of self-leadership. Becoming a self-leader doesn’t mean you have to set out to save the world or anything like that. What is meant is that you identify what you love and want to do in life. Having done this, you then give it your all to make these things happen, to take ownership and the responsibility to see that they become an integral part of everything you do as you move forward with your life.

Yes, luck favours the brave and, if you want to live the life of a self-leader, you will need some element of luck, but you will also need to be brave and determined. The fact is, luck often only comes to those who do the legwork, the ones who are prepared to put the time, effort and energy into looking at where they want to be in their life and how best to make this a reality. They are the ones who have the determination to go on and take action to make sure they have a chance of achieving the life they want to live. They understand that they must take on the traits of the self-leader within their own life and work if they are to succeed and be successful.

I will then have them tell their story of how it is they want to live a life of self-leadership!

St. Patrick, self-leadership and true success.

St. Patrick, self-leadership and true success is what it’s all about this month, well it is St. Patrick’s Day here in Ireland and no doubt throughout the world!

Rest of Blog There is an old Greek proverb that says: a society grows when old men plant trees whose shade they will never see.

Now, St. Patrick wasn’t Greek only this was something that he could have said for he truly understood that this is the power of legacy. And he did leave us some legacy. For like him when people seriously undertake to identify what true success means to them in their work and life, it becomes so important to them that it reflects the person they are, and the life they want to lead. They become reverent, and start to think in larger terms than just today and tomorrow. Whether they’re running a household, a company or a country, those that want to achieve great success also want to leave a legacy. They recognise that although this type of success begins with them, it does not end with them. Such success not only contributes to their own personal growth, but also helps to create a better world for others, even after they have gone.

They understand and accept that the greatest things they have done and the legacy they will be proudest to leave is what they did to help others. Nobody will care about how much money they made, what car they drove, or what prizes they won. They understand that it will not be possible to take anything of monetary value with them when they die. They won’t wait until they are on their deathbed to realise that what really mattered most was the true relationships they had, and the actions they took to improve the lot of others.

Like St. Patrick, the most powerful motivator in the world is to have a purpose: to set out a definition of the true success you want for your life, which you can invest every ounce of yourself in – a purpose that will become your driving force, your raison d’être. Those who are intent on living a life of true success focus too on leaving a footprint and making a difference for having lived. They make sure to live a life of purpose – a purpose in pursuit of leaving this world a better place for having had them in it. Humans, by their nature, seek purpose: a cause that is greater and more enduring than themselves. People leave well-paying jobs for purpose-driven ones. They ask themselves, what do I hold most sacred; what can I pass on to others? So, what is it you want to pass on to others? And every success now as you do pass it on to others.

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