Linking Your Leadership Style and Your
Sense of Purpose
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Welcome to the first of our leadership
Ezines. As with the Assessing and Refining Your Leadership Style
(ARYLS) seminar, this Ezine is focused on helping you develop
your leadership style into a personal and uniquely distinctive
way of leading. This is the key to becoming a more effective leader.
Imitating the leadership style of someone else is useful to see
if his or her leadership behaviors and qualities work for you.
Keep the ones that do and drop the rest. To persist in trying
to master another person's way of leading will only leave you
a frustrated and pale imitation of them.
In recent presentations of the Assessing & Refining Your
Leadership Style (ARYLS) seminar, we have introduced exercises
to help participants recognize the conditions under which they
feel aligned with a Sense of Purpose. If you have not participated
in the seminar, or did so a year or more ago, you will have missed
this focus. We are providing a simplified version of these exercises,
along with an explanation. It will only take a few minutes to
In the seminar we ask people to identify some times in their
lives when they felt a strong Sense of Purpose, when they were
so passionate about something that they felt they couldn't not
do it. (If you want to try this, take a sheet of paper and write
down a few times, or just bring two or three to mind.)
Then, we invite the participants to reflect on what the examples
suggest about the purposes they would like their leadership to
Participants then assess their current work on two scales (see
1. How well does it fit their Leadership Style?
2. How well does it fit their Sense of Purpose?