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I just finished reading "Leadership From The Inside Out" by Kevin Cashman. Here's the summary you may be interested in? #KeepGrowin

After years of helping leaders and teams to enhance career, life, and organizational effectiveness, we have identified seven practices for mastery of Leadership from the Inside Out. These practices are not stages of development arranged in a sequential or hierarchical order. Rather, they are an ongoing, interrelated growth process in which the practices illuminate one another. When arranged together, we can think of them as an integrated whole, with each practice supporting progress toward a more fulfilling destination: making an enduring difference from within.

Person Mastery—Leading with Awareness and Authenticity

So what is authenticity? Based on our experience coaching leaders over the years, we define “authenticity” as the continual process of building self-awareness of our whole person, both strengths and limitations. As a result of awareness, more often than not, the authentic person’s beliefs, values, principles, and behavior tend to line up. Commonly referred to as “walking the talk,” authenticity also means being your talk at a very deep level.

Another prominent feature of highly authentic individuals is openness. Whether they come to authenticity naturally or work hard to attain it, the most real, genuine, and sincere people tend to be open to both their capabilities and their vulnerabilities. They have an inner openness with themselves about their strengths and their limitations. They know who they are and don’t apologize for their capabilities. They also have an outer openness with others about their whole selves. They try neither to cover up their weaknesses nor “hide their light under a bushel.” 

Purpose Mastery—Leading on Purpose

Purpose is not a goal to be set. It is not something we create. It is not some “great idea” we come up with. It is something we discover. Purpose is always there, and it’s waiting for us. It’s our duty, our role in life; it’s what we have been prepared to express. Unfortunately, most people tend to limit purpose by viewing it only as something external. To understand the value of purpose fully we need to dive beneath the surface.

A leader of purpose gives people a reason to attach themselves to something bigger than themselves; a leader without purpose may have positional power but lack authentic followers. Core purpose is the deep-seated impulse we all have to make a difference. When we align with our purpose, our voice is strong, our energy is optimal, our gifts are manifested, and our service is passionate.

Interpersonal Mastery—Leading through Synergy and Service

Life flows through us, and we simply play our role. Our real job is to serve all the constituencies in our life and, in the process, to appreciate genuinely the fact that only through our interdependence with others do we create value. The more we serve and appreciate others, the more we cooperatively generate value-added contributions. As leaders, if we live for ourselves, we will have only ourselves for support. If we live for our organization, we will have people for support. If we live for the world, the whole universe will support us. Serve with purpose and we will marshal far-reaching resources.

Change Mastery—Leading with Agility

Change is always our teacher, pointing new directions, suggesting new options, and testing our potentialities. Change challenges our current reality by forcing a new reality to rush into the vacuum. If we’re open to it, if our cup is empty, new possibilities ow into our lives. If we’re not open to change, we respond to it like an enemy we have to fend off.

Resilience Mastery—Leading with Energy

If we are going to shift from managing our time to supporting and managing our energy, the real fuel that helps us get things done, take on di cult challenges, and be present in our relationships, we need to do it in all the domains of our lives: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Of course, we also need to have the basic physical energy necessary to perform, which requires physical self-care: the basics of good health, good nutrition, exercise, sleep, and rest that support our productivity. Beyond that is the natural energy derived from engagement in life-affirming, meaningful activities, as opposed to activities that drain our energy and are devoid of meaning.

Being Mastery—Leading with Presence

To understand the practical relationship of being in our lives, we need to look at our everyday experience. Most of
us would agree that successful action is based on effective thinking. If our thoughts are clear and focused, then our actions will be precise and e ective. But on the days we do not feel well, our thoughts are less e ective and our actions less successful. So feeling is more fundamental than thinking; feeling gives rise to thinking, which gives rise to action. Feeling, thinking, and action all have one thing in common - they are always changing. Sometimes we feel great, think clearly, and act effectively. Other times, we do not. But feeling, thinking, and action all have one non-changing “thing” in-
common - Being. To feel, to think, to act, we rst must be. The pure state of being underlies all areas of life. The more we awaken our true nature of being, the more effective are our feeling, thinking, and action. It is the foundation, the platform for a more masterful life.

Action Mastery—Leading through Coaching

The best way to take action for ourselves is through coaching. For self-coaching or coaching others to have a lasting, transformative impact, three interrelated pathways need to merge: awareness, commitment, and practice. If all three are present and operating, breakthroughs will occur and growth will be sustained. If any one of the three is absent, the results will dissipate over time. You may learn the best techniques and disciplines to practice, but if you lack commitment, you won’t continue your efforts. Similarly, all the enthusiasm and commitment in the world won’t get you far if you don’t adhere to a workable action plan. And without awareness of your strengths and weaknesses, how will you know what to commit to or what you need to do?

I hope this summary has been more than just an interesting intellectual excursion that leads to a “smart book” gathering dust on a “smart bookcase.” I also hope you have grown a little since you first began to read. But my real hope is that over time you will make the commitment to integrate the key principles shared and “breathe” them into your life. I hope each day you will take slightly “deeper breaths” until the inspiration is fully yours. 

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