There’s a new breed of transformational leaders who are learning to leverage their heart intelligence to courageously lead others from a place of love, truth compassion, and wisdom. Along the way they are able to inspire others to dream bigger, do more, become more.
These leaders are transcending the outdated Thought Leadership paradigm, and embracing a newer, emerging paradigm I refer to as Heart Intelligent Leadership, or simply, Heart Leadership.
Heart Leaders don’t just lead others, but also know how to manifest their ideal lifestyle, build a successful business or practice, attract their ideal loving relationships, and in the process transform themselves and the world.
How do they do it? By practicing what I believe are the 7 habits or disciplines of effective, heart-centered, transformational leadership.
Heart Leaders are leaders who know how to…
1) FOLLOW their Heart
“True leaders follow until they are ready to lead.” – A Course in Love
According to many of our mystical spiritual traditions, the heart and not the mind, is the organ of true vision. What stands in the way is years of mental conditioning that has led to an energetic wall that keeps you from accessing the wisdom contained in your heart. Heart Leaders know how to access, listen to, and follow the vision within their heart.
2) CREATE from their Heart
Heart Leaders create or manifest a life that is in greater alignment or harmony with your life’s purpose, while making a powerful contribution in the lives of others. They know that your biggest, boldest dreams are all very possible and within your grasp as you learn to leverage the electro-magnetic power of your heart to create a life you love, a life that inspires you, and allows you to express your natural gifts and talents in service to others.
3) COMMUNICATE from their Heart
All communication serves one of four key purposes: to inquire, to inform, to persuade, or to serve. Heart Leaders work in a more open, real and heart-connected way—they build a purposeful networks that makes you more effective and provides access to more opportunities. Whether it is through writing, speaking, video, audio or powerful coaching, Heart Leader communicate powerfully from a place of truth, love, and compassion.
4) COACH from the Heart
Heart Leaders understand that to be powerful, transformative leaders, you must lean to master the art of deep, Heart Intelligent Coaching so you can support others in achieving their biggest, boldest dreams, and in the process achieve yours. When you are willing to go deep with your clients or those you lead—really deep—their lives will absolutely transform and so will yours.
5) ENROLL from the Heart
Heart Leader know how to enroll others into their projects, dreams, services or programs from a much more real, powerful, authentic space. For some leaders this may mean enrolling clients. For others, asking for the financial support they need to fund their projects. A Heart Leader is willing to say the things that no one else will say, and is willing to make bold or even outrageous proposals to achieve his aims.
6) TRANSFORM from the Heart
The painful truth about anyone who is following The Path of the Heart is that there are times it can feel painfully lonesome and long. It’s a journey that requires you to leave everything you know, behind step into the unknown and grow yourself into the kind of leader you’ve always known in your heart you came here to be. Most leaders want instant results, and this is why so many quit or give up. But Heart Leaders use the transformative power of their hearts to access a level of intuition, wisdom, and power to transform themselves, and in the process transform the world.
7) LEAD from the Heart
This habit is really the integration of all the previous one. In my experience, heart-centered, transformative leadership is not truly possible until you’ve first mastered the first six disciplines of Heart Intelligent Leadership. Only when you’ve mastered the art of following your heart, creating from the heart, communicating, coaching and enrolling others from the heart, and you’re clear about the transformation you’re here to effect in the world, will you become a powerful and effective leader in all areas of your life.
If you’re ready to step into this new level of leadership, starting on September 11th, 2015, I’ll be running my first Heart Intelligent Leader Training Program in Cape Town, South Africa. For more details about this 2-month training, click here.