Please join me in welcoming Jay Forte as a guest writer. Jay’s message about living in your Greatness Zone is at the heart of the call to lead. I admire how Jay lives true to his message and am thrilled to have him join us here at Random Acts of Leadership. — Susan Mazza
True leadership comes from the inside out – it comes from your inner greatness. tweet this
Titles may give you the authority, but greatness gives you the ability. When you tap into your inner greatness – your talents, strengths, passions, and values – you connect to what is best in you. From this place, your view of you, others, and the world changes. Imagine if you used greatness as a leadership standard?
How can you lead from your greatness zone?
I have some guidance that comes forward as an update to some of our historic “leadership rules.” First we saw the Golden Rule – treat others as you want to be treated. It was updated by the Platinum Rule – treat others the way they want to be treated. Better. But to be a leader in today’s world requires more than simply understanding others and treating them as they want to be treated. To lead requires that you know yourself, be yourself, and help others be themselves. I call this the Rhodium (world’s most precious metal) Rule.
This Rule shares that the key to leadership is in your connection to your personal greatness – to know and be yourself – then the responsibility to use that greatness to inspire the same in others – to help others be themselves. This way you use greatness as a standard for our world; you raise the bar.
Here is a deeper look at the three components of the Rhodium Rule:
Know yourself. This is about awareness. You are born great – born with unique abilities, passions and values as a roadmap to discovering your potential and living your purpose. To discover this greatness requires that you tune in – become aware, present and conscious to who you are. The more information you have about yourself, the more you discover and connect to your inner greatness.
- What are you good at? What are you passionate about? What do you value? Who are you, really?
Be yourself. This is about authenticity. Though you may know who you are, actually living as your true self is more important. Living authentically in a world that constantly tells you who to be, what to believe, how to act, etc. requires you to access your inner leader. It requires trusting your gifts and abilities and committing to deliver what it is you are called to do in today’s world – or, as Buckminster Fuller asked, “What is it on this planet that needs doing that I know something about, that probably won’t happen unless I take responsibility for it?”
- How do you show up as your greatest self? How are you living authentically and aligned to your greatness?
Help others be themselves. This is about courage. Once experiencing the difficulty and benefit of knowing and being yourself, leaders step up to help others in their journey. You find your voice. You lead, inspire, support and guide others to show up to who they really are – to access their potential and to deliver to the world what they are here to deliver.
- What choices do you make to support others in their journey? How do you speak up to make a difference in the service to others?
To lead from the Greatness Zone is about making a difference in service to others by showing up as your greatest, most creative and best self, then inspiring others to do the same. In this process, you can create opportunities for improving the world, your relationships and your connection to the wonder of life. We all benefit.
How do you/can you lead from your Greatness Zone?
Jay Forte is a business and motivational speaker, certified workplace, CEO and Life coach, author, and nationally ranked Thought Leader. He provides talent and strength-based tools to help people live extraordinary lives and organizations achieve exceptional results. He is the author of Fire Up! Your Employees and Smoke Your Competition and The Greatness Zone – Know Yourself, Find Your Fit, Transform the World. His weekly blogs, podcasts, tools and thinking can be found at The Greatness Zone.
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