All of us are born with inherent leadership ability. This does not mean that every single one of us is born to be president, prime minister or monarch, but that we each possess the ability for self-government. Leadership is the ability to make the choices and decisions necessary for the welfare and well-being of the community leadership governs.
To make such choices assumes the leader is able to be present to the needs of the community, which means being caring, having compassion, as well as the curiosity and interest to know, learn and understand more about the individual and collective members, to hear their needs, and to be prepared to respond to those needs.
Leadership entails having the preparedness to trust in individual and collective potential.Exercising trust is seeing the intrinsic value within each individual you govern, having faith in their ability to sustain themselves and, in challenging times, to push through.
Leadership is knowing each one has their own journey and path of learning to walk, that the experience of life is their true teacher. At the same time, leadership must be prepared to challenge; to confront the community members that are seen to be eroding or working against the collective aims and quality of life of the community.
Leadership and Presence begin at home. Being present to and for ourselves allows for healthy leadership and authority towards ourselves. Our ability to be present, leaders, and therefore examples or models to others is reflective of our ability to be present and in authority to ourselves.
As we become present to ourselves we begin to know ourselves. We will start to know how we function and how the various parts of ourselves operate on (what they believe to be) our behalf. It is then that we are able to govern, that is, make choices and decisions for our internal community and therefore for the improvement and betterment of our inner society as a whole. Then we are exercising our inner authority, our intrinsic natural leadership.
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