Building Resilient Leaders: Activating My Why (Video 3)

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. Albert Einstein

Are you clear about your purpose? Are you clear about what you genuinely want to do or represent as a leader? Are you clear about your strengths? In this article, we will review the steps you need to take to create a leadership purpose statement.

This is the third article in a series to help emerging leaders become more self-aware and resilient as changes occur in how we live and work globally.

Often, emerging leaders are clear about the vision and goals within the organizations they work for, but they are not clear about their own leadership purpose. Being clear about your purpose and having the courage to live in your purpose improves your quality of life and happiness because you are truly activating your gifts.

What is a personal leadership statement? Your personal leadership statement clarifies your true internal desires that are reflective of what you value in life (values) and what you aim to be (passions/purpose).

It is who you are.

It is not your job, experiences, education, and skills that you have gathered throughout your life.

So how can you identify your purpose? You can identify your purpose by gaining clarity on you values, strengths, passions, and past experiences. Take time to reflect and answer the following questions.

  1. What did you find exciting as a child? What did you like to do?
  2. How do you see yourself contributing to the world 2 to 3 years from now?
  3. What do you most want to teach or represent in the world?
  4. Describe 3 of your most challenging life experiences. How have they shaped you?
  5. What passions, strengths, personality traits, experiences or skills do you have? For this question, you may have to do a little digging outside of yourself.
    • Get feedback from people you trust. Ask them to identify your strengths and areas of growth (you can write this information down in the “map it out” section in the Best Self Journal.
    • Take or review previous assessments such as Clifton Strengths,  Hogan, DISC , Myers Briggs or other assessments. Make sure you have a coach who can help you interpret the results.

After you have collected all the information, create a leadership purpose statement. Your statement does not need to be long and drawn out, it just needs to be a quick statement that expresses what you aim to be and what drives you to action. You leadership statement is a simple statement that clarifies your personal drive. Here are a few examples.

My leadership purpose is to…

  • apply ethical principles to make a significant difference.
  • cultivate the self-worth and net-worth of women around the world.
  • Lead others to great performance.

Once you have clarity on your personal leadership statement, link your personal drivers to your organizational goals or create an opportunity to act out your personal drivers on a regular basis.  

To create an action plan, learn more about our the Best Self Journal . In this journal, you can write out your personal leadership statement, values, plan of action and daily actions to take to help you reach your goals.

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