Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
I have come to believe that giving and receiving are really the same.
Giving and receiving - not giving and taking. -- Joyce Grenfell
- Trust -- people trust those who have their interests truly at the center of all they do
- Admiration -- people admire those who commit their energies to advancing the common good
- Respect -- people respect those who dedicate their time to helping others win
- Wisdom -- when we listen deeply to what others need we learn more about ourselves and the world around us
- Humility -- giving to others shines a mirror back on all that we have and helps us feel grateful
- Authenticity -- giving deeply of ourselves removes the filters we keep in place when we withhold, requiring our true selves to come into focus
- Integrity -- aligning our values with principles which do not change greatly simplifies the challenge of walking our talk
These are some of the qualities of a powerful leader. Truly great leaders aren't always made. Sometimes they simply are. Allowing that to take place can be a much bigger challenge than acquiring an impressive resume or the accoutrements of success. Great leaders know how to let go and allow their best selves to brilliantly shine.