Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the psychologist responsible for bringing the concept of “Flow” into our awareness shares his viewpoint on this question:
A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values, his basic identity…one must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul.
Those of you who read this blog will know that this resonates with what I’ve been saying as well.
If you can connect with your own deepest concerns, your values, and what keeps you energized, you will communicate that energy to others. They, in turn, will be more likely to connect with what you’re saying and offering, and to be similarly energized by their connection to your energy.
If you aren’t connected to these elements of yourself, you will lack that passion for what you’re saying and no connection will be established.
Which would you rather have? What do you do to promote and maintain that connection to yourself first?