This is the third episode in my series about emotional intelligence and today I’m going to share why it’s vital that as a leader, you make sure that you do what you love. Given the responsibilities of leadership I understand if that sounds too good to be true, but if you take the time to listen to this episode of The Success Talk Radio Show you’ll see why it’s actually something you can’t do without. Doing what you love will enable you to become a better leader and experience more fulfillment and purpose in your life.

The #1 reason many people ask for the help of a coach.

Through the years I have served many clients as their Leadership Success Coach, so I’ve had the opportunity to walk alongside many professionals who are ready to reach the pinnacle of success in their field. And that’s EXACTLY why they come to me. They want to achieve their full potential. They are ambitious to do well and to do good. Perhaps most of all, they want their lives to be filled with purpose and meaning. I guide them to do that by helping them recognize that their role, whatever it is, needs to enable them to do what they love. On this episode, I’m going to define what that means, give you some quick tips to start applying it immediately, and help you understand why it’s so vital that you do so – as a person and as a leader.

What IS self-actualization?

When I say, “Do what you love” I’m referring to one of the emotional intelligence skills referred to as self-actualization. It’s a scientific-sounding word that means nothing more than learning how to find purpose and enjoyment in your role. It’s about persistently trying to improve yourself and about performing to your full potential. When you’re able to do those things, you are doing what you love and find yourself satisfied with the contribution you make in your company and with your life. As you listen to this episode you’ll learn how you can enthusiastically commit to short and long-term goals to make self-actualization a skill set in your leadership toolkit.

What happens when a leader is doing what they love?

Every leadership role contains some tasks or aspects that are not enjoyable. It’s part of the way things work. So when you hear me say, “Do what you love,” it may sound like an impossibility. But it’s not. You can learn how to orient your role around the things you love so that what you contribute to your organization is powerfully impacting because it comes from your areas of strength. When you do this you’ll be setting an example for those you lead, setting the tone for the organization and leading others on your team to reach their full potential as well. Find out how you can make this subtle but powerful shift in your role as a leader, on this episode.

How can you incorporate more of what you love to do in your role?

Do what you love. I mean it. No matter what your role is you’ve got the ability to make it into something you enjoy doing. For example, if you enjoy equipping and teaching others, find a way to make your role into a mentoring or coaching role, at least part of the time. That will enable you to infuse your daily work with things that are meaningful and fulfilling to you – which will spark even more creativity and passion for your work. You’ll find yourself and your organization blossoming, even though your title or actual role didn’t change. Find out more ways you can inject what you love into what you do, on this episode of The Success Talk Show.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:46] Why this subject resonates so much with my personal purpose.
  • [3:50] What IS self-actualization and why is it important?
  • [8:03] Self-actualization tip #1: How satisfied are you with the quality of time you’re contributing at work, with family, with friends, and alone time?
  • [9:18] Self-actualization tip #2: Identify 1 or 2 short-term and long-term goals in each of those 4 areas.
  • [10:34] Self-actualization tip #3: Identify your top passions and discover how to integrate them into your role.
  • [14:49] Self-actualization tip #4: Find a new challenge that is meaningful to you.
  • [20:46] A call to action to help you

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