We All Can Do It, So Why Don’t We?
Do you SHINE? If you do, how do you feel when you SHINE?
If you don’t, are you afraid to SHINE? Feeling awkward or you’ll be viewed as a fraud or inauthentic? Or bragging and self-centered?
SHINE is a new way of BEing in the world. For me at least. It’s part of the journey I’ve been on and have not been able to fully articulate until now.
A month ago I shared this concept with a room full of women entrepreneurs. The response was a resounding “Yes!” and I believe I hit a chord with everyone in the room.
SHINE is the acronym for Self-Awareness, Holistic Health, Integrity, No limits, and Equanimity and Environment. This fully explains the scope of workshops and retreats and consulting all focused on Leadership Development.
What happens on the days when SHINing is NOT what you want to do?
Tune in, let’s explore this. It’s up for me today and how can we move from unSHINE to SunSHINE when it feels like that’s the last thing we want to do?
I’ll see if I can shift this less than sun-shiny funk I’m in …or not! It might just be where I am today or there might be a way to get out of it.
No promises. Here goes!
Combining an Integrated Style of Leadership Starts From the Inside-Out
Thanks for indulging me a moment of your time. (time to read: 90 seconds)
Feeling the chaos? There’s actually an acronym used to describe the Volatility, Uncertainty, Change and Ambiguity we are experiencing in our business and economic climate, VUCA.
It’s time to Grow, Change, or get out of the way!
As a Leader, your role is balancing being a visionary, trustworthy, confident and courageous, while leading your team or organization To, Through or For change and growth. Authenticity is key to all of the leadership traits and actually pushes competencies to the next level. Yet, a lack of Authenticity? Drains the energy from all you are trying to do. It’s that important!
Yet most leadership development and culture assessments measure and point to Outer Game plans (structure, trainings, talent management systems) to create change for a leader or organization. The work that is needed is the Inner Game. The underlying tendencies or issues that have created the current reality of leadership style, both individually and collectively, are what holds back an estimated 80% of individuals and companies who are implementing change management. Do you really want to stay where you are? I doubt it.
Please allow me to (re-)introduce myself.
I’m Deborah LeeAnn: Speaker, Trainer and Paradigm-Shifter.
And whether we’ve met recently at a conference or a networking event, or we go back decades in our history of working together, here’s an update on where my journey has taken me and the launch of a new business – training, speaking and mentoring Authentic Leadership.
After many years of consulting, mostly in the area of organizational development, training and human resources, I found myself at a crossroads. How to be Authentic, truly revealing my full array of strengths, passions, and brilliance. Openly sharing from a genuine, honest, open and loving space.
It was not easy.
I worried (still do, to be honest) what people would think of me.
Yet, I was not able to continue acting like I was a certain way and hiding my spiritual or emotional sides. Integrating them all seemed like the easiest route (much to the dismay of some well-meaning business coaches and mentors) yet ended up being the most arduous journey I’ve ever been on.
We see those who radiate their brilliance on stage or in a meeting and we wonder, is it easy for her to be so true and real? She seems so courageous! And confident! How did she get to be so comfortable in her skin? I want what she has!
Authenticity actually not only shines from the individual, it gives us permission to be our most authentic, real selves too!
And, our discernment with all the media sources bombarding us is to search out what sounds true? What messages feel good? Which ones create a visceral sense in our gut? What images or people touch our heart?
Those are the stirrings of our Authentic Self. When we feel, hear, taste, sense and sigh with the essence of something that hits home.
Why is it important in leadership? Because those we are leading can sense when we are on mission, passionate and committed, or off our game, in our own doubt, self-critical and fearful.
We need to play full out. Authentically. And it’s easier said than done.
So, after much dancing between what I wanted to be and how I wanted to show up with how I actually was showing up, my journey with Authentic Leadership was begun. Now came the gathering of feedback, lots of coaching and deep inner work, to get to the place of congruity. Alignment. And Authenticity. It’s not an end-game. It’s a journey.
Hence why we need outside support to facilitate and guide the process.
Authentic Leadership is the outcome of my own personal and professional journey, with the addition of years of coaching, trainings, experience and mentoring.
Authentic Leadership will have 2 arms;
Authentic Leadership Consulting with organizations ready to really step up their game in conscious, forward-thinking, change leadership, while developing an inclusive culture and creating a wider social impact through collective leadership and collaboration.
Authentic Leadership Academy is training, developing and masterminding with individual women leaders. (It’s open to all, while being designed for women) This 6 month program will take leadership development up several notches by focusing beyond outer competencies and game plan to expand each participant’s reach to expand her influence and impact while deepening into the inner game of leadership. Self-Awareness of where each of us gets stuck and holds us back from living, leading and loving from our most authentic, brilliant Selves.
We are in the midst of unprecedented change requiring us to lead from a newly found groundedness and more integrated center. When we show up as self-aware and courageous authentic leaders clear in our visions, we create the community… the connections … and the trust we need and desire to get our big work done in the world.
Lastly, I’d love to know where YOU are. What’s on your plate for 2017? 2018? Beyond? Is your vision maxed out or in need of refreshing? Are you ready to grow your business or initiative to the next level and in need of support to get there? How is your collective leadership? Are you ready to lead to, through, and for change? Where are you stuck? Have you had a 360 in a while? Time for a culture 360?
I hope we cross paths soon. If you’d like to schedule some time for a call or cup of coffee to continue the conversation, here’s a link to my calendar.
Comments? Questions? Please share!
Or, feel free to email me at Deborah@DeborahLeeAnn.com or give me a call at 314.800.7694.
Beginnings and Endings
Today as the winds gusted up to 45 mph here in St. Louis, the temps shifted, the clouds lifted and sun and springlike weather showed up this afternoon. Brought on by winds of change.
Do you feel it? The palpable shifting of our society, our energy, our truth-telling, our growing compassion and caring for one another?
Maybe it takes huge change to allow us to deepen into our truth. To feel ready to speak up. Speak out.
And, I’ll be moving my show over to Spreaker as the host as well as SoundCloud for available listening. We’ll also be searchable on iTunes if you like to subscribe there.
And the new name? No great shock there. Authentic Leadership is what I do. Who I am. And the names of my new businesses, Authentic Leadership Consulting and Authentic Leadership Academy.
Listen in for a brief farewell, then the full message that was pre-recorded for you last week while at the beach in Manly, Australia is ready for you.
All the best in this new year…a year of new beginnings and MUCH movement, growth and expansion. It’s been a long time since all our planetary beings have supported us by turning direct!
As Elizabeth Gilbert says, “Onward!”
Up Over and Down Under, Beginnings, Endings & Using Both Sides of Our Brain…
This trip has been full of paradoxes, juxtapositions and opposites and opportunities for looking at mirror images…
First off, flying out of the Midwest as the sun was setting on December 20th and into the sunset for hours…the longest sunset on one of the shortest nights of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere…then changing planes in LAX to fly all night on this longest night…but crossing the international dateline to experience a sunrise that began around 2 in the morning (Sydney time) and lasted for hours until 6:30 or so. So experiencing the longest beautiful sunrise of colors streaking the black sky while flying over the dark ocean — another lovely experience.
The funny, and not so coincidental thing, is that I was flying t h r o u g h my birthday. Not getting a chance to celebrate the Solstice, and my 60th birthday!
There’s so much symbolism and spiritual geometry as well as scientific lessons here, Carmen.
As most of you know, I prefer the magical and mystical stories around it all.
I’m sitting here a week and a half later, getting ready to head to the beach for a swim or walk in the surf before heading to the bottle shop to get something to bring to the gathering tonite here in Sydney. We’ll be with family and friends in a place where we can get an excellent view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks. There’s still a few more pieces to complete my ritual for releasing 2016 (click here) and then it’s more about managing the crowds boarding the ferry to get into Sydney and jostle for best viewing spots.
And, I’m loving being where the traffic and signs and drivers all look to be on the mirror opposite of what we are used to seeing back home.
The differences in environment opens my mind, heart and soul widely and gently and invites me to see what I normally don’t see. Listening more deeply to the words spoken with a lovely accent tickles my ears and the bird calls that were once familiar, yet foreign to ours at home delights me too. Views of expansive skies and of the City across the Bay from our balcony or out at the ocean from the other direction are just what my mind, body and heart needed. My Soul? She knew all along to hold the space for creating this experience.
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017 as you read this and let’s be more open about what is possible, join me?
It is never too late for Bravery says Margaret Wheatley.
To stand, To speak up, To not let the overwhelm take hold.
I’ve been laying low, cancelling events, filling my days with lots of introspection AND lots of diversions and distractions. There’s something being called forward within me, within the collective, and I’ve been pretending not to hear it. It’s about depression. It’s about feeling everything. It’s about slowing down to actually DEAL with it all.
This year is an exceptional one as well. It’s had it’s ups and downs, (RIGHT?) and also I’ve been blessed with the time and resources to lay low, riding the waves, reading the tea leaves, and watching lots of Netflix.
That time is coming to an end, in a fantastic and glorious way, as I prepare for my trip on the shortest day here in North America to the longest day in South America. Flying on the Solstice, my 60th birthday.
So, what is in store? A lot and maybe not so much. I’m being open to the fullness of this gift of a time away from my home, the winter temps and my push to find clarity on that is coming in 2017. And, my next steps in crossing that threshold.
And – honoring this time of pulling back, sleeping in once or twice this week, going to bed early, eating popcorn for dinner and listening to the sounds of silence. Preparing for putting on my mantle, pulling on my boots and walking forward…into The Great Adventure of the Unknown. 2017.
This will be my last live broadcast of the year, but I will be uploading some thoughts and musings from my delicious time on Manly Beach north of Sydney. Stay tuned on FB or find me on SoundCloud to catch the recordings.
See you on the other side!
Space. A block of time? A bit of quiet? An open shelf or drawer, an empty plate. How do you fill it?
It’s been said, “Nature abhors a vacuum”…and many of us do too. Notice how uncomfortable it is when the conversation dies down or the movie score goes silent?
Even the space between my upper and lower teeth is, too often, closed up, clenched, not allowed to be open, slack. And, now I have a hairline crack in one of my teeth to show that my unconscious, while I’m sleeping, is constricted, not relaxed, holding onto pent-up energy.
How can we open to allow ourselves to grow, expand and step into new realms of Love, Joy, Good, Magic, Prosperity? Into our next phase of Be-Coming?
I believe one step is to Create Space.
Just like we clean our homes before inviting friends over, or do spring cleaning (an ancient practice to welcome in the new being birthed at that time of year) we prepare for the new that is coming in, by relaxing, letting go, clearing space (yes, like in Feng Shui) and releasing old patterns to energetically, emotionally, physically and mentally, roll out the red carpet.
Let’s see what shows up by doing our end-of-the-year clearing and releasing.