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Taking Leadership in the Real Estate of Your Life!

Taking Leadership in the Real Estate of Your Life!

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary offers a primary definition of ‘real estate’ as ‘property consisting of buildings and land,’ with a secondary definition of ‘space and capacity.’ It is the secondary definition that inspired some musings and reflections on how we exercise leadership in the way we choose to fill the space and capacity — the real estate of our lives. Leadership When I think of ‘leadership,’ the following 4 elements come to mind: • Inspiration: The over-reaching principles or values that are the driving force — the WHY • Vision: The picture of an even greater expression of what could be — the WHAT • Strategy: Process and means to make it happen: — the HOW • Stewardship: Responsibility and accountability for actions and consequences — the WHO We can reflect on these 4 elements as they guide us in terms of how we show up when no one is looking, how we show up inter-personally, in our communities, and on the world stage. It really comes down to life by design or life by default. I have a reminder on my wall in my office, asking the provocative question: “How do I want to be in the face of that?” Real Estate of our Inter-Personal Life From disappointments, criticism and failures, all the way to success, achievement and recognition, we have the opportunity to design how we will be in the face of that. On those occasions where I actually exercise the leadership to ponder the question, it provides me with the space to reflect and respond, rather than to react (and often regret!) Once I determine the actual...