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10 Things Intentional and Impactful Leaders Do

Written By: Brilynn Nelson

What would your life look like if you had absolutely no fear? What kinds of things would you do if you lived from a frame of reference that your thoughts could form your world? How brightly would your light shine if you stepped out of the limitations that are keeping you small and stretched yourself well past your comfort zone into the place that you know, deep within, you are meant to be? Intentional and Impactful leadership is all about being the person you know in your heart you have always been destined to be. Intentional and Impactful leadership does not come from your title or from the size of your paycheck. Instead, this form of leadership comes from your being and the person that you are.

Here are 10 things that Intentional and Impactful leaders do on a regular basis:

1. They speak their truth. In business today, we frequently 'swallow our truth'. We say things to please others and to look good in front of the crowd. Intentional and Impactful leaders are different. They consistently talk truth. They would never betray themselves by using words that are not aligned with who they are. This does not give anyone a license to say things that are hurtful to people. Speaking truth is simply about being clear, being honest and being Intentional and Impactful.

2. They lead from the heart. Business is about people. Leadership is about people. The best leaders are not afraid to show their vulnerability. They genuinely care about other people and spend their days developing the people around them.

3. They have rich moral fiber. Who you are speaks far more loudly than anything you could ever say. Strength of character is true power - and people can feel it a mile away. Intentional and Impactful leaders work on their character. They walk their talk and are aligned with their core values. They are noble and good. And in doing so, people trust, respect, and listen to them.

4. They are courageous. It takes courage to go against the crowd, to be a visionary, and inner strength to do what you think is right even though it may not be easy. We live in a world where so many people walk the path of least resistance. Intentional and Impactful leadership is all about taking the road less traveled and doing, not what is easy, but what is right.

5. They build teams and create communities. One of the primary things that people are looking for in their work experience is a sense of community. In the old days, we got our community from where we lived. We would have block parties and street picnics. In the new age of work, employees seek their sense of community and connection from the workplace. Intentional and Impactful leaders create workplaces that foster human linkages and lasting friendships.

6. They are committed to growing. The job of the leader is to go deep. Intentional and Impactful leaders know themselves intimately. They nurture a strong self-relationship. They know their

weaknesses and play to their strengths. And they always spend a lot of time transcending their fears.

7. They are dreamers. Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge. It is from our imaginations that remarkable things are born. Intentional and Impactful leaders dare to dream impossible dreams. They see what everyone else sees and then dream up new possibilities. They spend a lot of time with their eyes closed creating blueprints and fantasies that lead to better products, better services, better workplaces, and deeper value. How often do you close your eyes and dream?

8. They care for themselves. Taking care of yourself physically is a sign of self-respect. You can’t do great things at work if you don’t feel good. Intentional and Impactful leaders eat well, exercise and care for the temples that are their bodies. They spend time in nature, drink plenty of water and get regular massages so that, physically, they are operating at planet-class levels of performance.

9. They commit to excellence rather than perfection. No human being is perfect. Every single one of us is a work in progress. Intentional and Impactful leaders commit themselves to excellence in everything that they do. They are constantly pushing the envelope and raising their standards. They do not seek perfection and have the wisdom to know the difference. What would your life look like if you raised your standards well beyond what anyone could ever imagine of you?

10. They leave a legacy. To live in the hearts of the people around you is to never die. Success is wonderful but significance is even better. You were made to contribute and to leave a mark on the people around you. In failing to live from this frame of reference, you betray yourself. Intentional and Impactful leaders are constantly building their legacies by adding deep value to everyone that they deal with and leaving the world a better place in the process.

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