Leadership is challenging. Successful leaders recognize that what’s beneath the surface of themselves and others is more relevant to success than what’s on the outside. To truly understand what makes us tick, we must be willing to explore the deeper levels of human awareness. The journey of self-exploration has four hidden elements. They can be described as your Leadership V.I.B.E.
Your V.I.B.E (Values, Interests, Beliefs and Energy sources) is the way you come across to others. Understanding it will help you be a better leader. A Gallup report from 2012 showed that less than one-third of Americans felt engaged in the workplace. At the same time, more than 50% of working Americans report that they are completely satisfied or very satisfied with their work. This means that most individuals feel disengaged, yet the majority is nonetheless pleased, i.e. happy with the work that they do. There is a disconnect between involvement and fulfillment, between achievement and personal growth. This gap can be bridged with the V.I.B.E. of workplace leaders and management.
What is your workplace V.I.B.E. saying to others?
Your V.I.B.E. is where innovation, brilliance, and vibrancy originate. Understanding its aspects allows you to be a greater, more effective leader. Learn more about yourself. Keep trying new things. Combining your passions with your skills will empower and maximize your potential.
Look at areas where you’ve been holding back. What elements of your V.I.B.E could shine through more? Examine where you could be bolder. Acknowledge the strengths of your leadership style. Actively use your V.I.B.E. to positively influence those you work with and align with your own professional goals. Consider why your team should be led by you. What do you bring to the table as a leader or manager? What brings out your best?
“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well…No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.” – Unknown