In his book On Becoming a Leader, Warren Bennis writes:
Leaders are made, not born, and made more by themselves than by any external means. No leader sets out to be a leader per se, but rather to express him/herself freely and fully. Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and also that difficult. First and foremost, find out what it is that you’re about, and be that.
Effective leadership springs from a pursuit of purpose, from discerning and defining a personal purpose worthy of our deepest commitment. Purpose wells up from within, it is not something we invent. It finds us, if we let it.
Our purpose is not merely about our personal fulfilment, it is about contribution and service. Albert Schweitzer said:
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but this I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found out how to serve.
In each of us, there is an intersection between our unique passion, curiosity and talent and a world in need, a contribution only we can make, and when we find that intersection, we are on to the purpose of our lives.
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