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Leading Begins with Believing

By leadership, I do not mean authority. Transformational leadership does not depend on position. It’s a posture available to anyone who cares enough to commit to making things better through an endeavor that serves others.

And by believing, I do not mean blind faith in ideas or identities that can’t be proven utterly absolute. Our beliefs are often convictions–assertions we hold to be valid until they collide with and are improved by better claims.

Neither leadership nor belief is improved through argument or compliance. The most outstanding leaders are not the loudest nor proudest. They possess quiet resolve and practice thoughtful consideration. Similarly, many of the most influential beliefs are neither the simplest nor most popular. They are adopted slowly through long and practiced experience.

Now let’s weave in the importance and value of an endeavor…

Human beings find meaning and purpose through their work. And it’s the efforts we undertake with and for elevating others that cultivate significance and build identity. We enhance ourselves most through higher callings that serve others.
 
Being a difference-maker begins with choosing to pursue a cause that benefits a community with courage and conviction. This kind of leadership requires belief. First, you must believe in and lead yourself. This encourages self-trust that encourages others to join in collaborative efforts around shared belief.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

–Martin Luther King Jr.

So, what’s the cause you believe in and want to lead us toward? Do you believe in yourself enough to trust yourself to lead us? Where are you showing up fully and with conviction where we can be inspired to join you and work together to make things better?

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Scott Perry
Scott Perryhttps://www.creativeonpurpose.com/
I help difference-makers invested in social impact work embrace uncertainty and navigate adversity with greater equanimity. I'm a Difference-Maker Coach and author of Endeavor and Onward. I'm also the head coach in Seth Godin's Creative and Freelancer Akimbo Workshops. I'm a husband and father, go for a cemetery run every day, and quote Marcus Aurelius more often than I should. For over thirty years, I found and spread joy as a professional musician and guitar teacher while maintaining a happy marriage, homeschooling our sons, and taking care of business. My process employs principles and practices that are time-tested and scientifically vetted. I believe we enhance our lives most through endeavors that elevate others.

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