The Best Leaders Know Their Purpose

Want to be more influential and a better leader?  Get clear on your purpose.

Ready to stop quitting your job all day long while “technically” still working there?  Same answer: find your purpose.

Getting clear on your purpose only takes 10 minutes. Ask yourself some questions:

  • What did you especially love doing when you were a child, before everyone told you what you should or shouldn’t like or do?
  • What have been two of your most challenging life experiences. How have they shaped you?
  • What do you enjoy doing in your life now that gets your motor running and helps you feel more alive?
  • What would you say if someone asked you why you care enough to serve on the work team (or volunteer, school, etc.) you are a part of?
  • What speaks to you deeply about your life and your work?

Take a few minutes and ponder these questions and write down your thoughts. Underline key words that stand out for you. Then, craft a short phrase.

“My purpose is _______.”

The words in your purpose should capture your essence, and they should include a call to action. Your purpose statement should be short enough that you can share it in one or two short sentences. Yes, there may be more behind it but you want to keep it short enough that you can always remember it in the moment.

Practice before you take the field. Once you have a draft, try it out on a few people. Tell people you are working on identifying your purpose and that you want to try it out with them. Share it in 30 seconds or so and ask for feedback.

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