"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
-Peter Drucker

We are all called to be leaders every day, no matter our professional status. That's because we are the leaders of our own lives. Every moment we spend, be it at work, at home or somewhere in between, we have the opportunity to be enlightened leaders.

You may not have ever considered that it is possible for you to be an enlightened leader. Every time you make a choice with intention to do or say what you consider to be the right thing, you have added to your cache of

enlightenment. The tricky part of approaching all aspects of your life consistently from that perspective, is that it may not always be efficient, cost effective or the path of least resistance. It may not be the way you have always done it in the past either. In fact, in this new era of light speed technological and communication advances, the most enlightened position is pretty likely to be something different than it was even a few years ago.

The modern enlightened leadership movement started in the business world in the mid-1990s with Ed Oakley and Doug Krug. Dr. Deepak Chopra teaches a course on enlightened leadership at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management as well as consulting with top tier leaders in large organizations. The core principles of this style of leadership are to offer effective, nurturing leadership that unlocks the potential for greatness in the leader and those that follow the leader. Dr. Chopra says, "Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention. These are the ingredients of success, really." In business or any aspect of your life, these ingredients are key to living a life rich in meaning.

Think about how all aspects of your life would be if you approached it as an enlightened leader. You would nurture yourself with the elements that unlock your potential for greatness. Those elements may be different for each individual. In your business world it could mean additional education, public speaking and networking opportunities, a professional mentor or effective time management tools that really work for you. As the enlightened leader of your life, you have the responsibility and freedom to choose what you need to unlock your potential. The tricky part is taking the time to find out enough about yourself to know what you need.

One way to start nurturing yourself as an enlightened leader is to take a look at all your legal documents. Make sure everything is in order. From your job description to your contracts in your professional world to your personal documents like wills and powers of attorney, it is important that these core documents are just the way you want them. This is the foundation of functioning as an enlightened leader in your fast-paced world.

Enlightened leadership means staying aware and alert that how you do what you do is important. People are looking to you as an example. Make sure that example reflects your core values.

A conscious renaissance lawyer, Privacy Guru™ and Spiritual Revivalist™, Darity puts in the exceptional energy required to support you and your business success from many different perspectives. A long-time business lawyer and consultant she is available to help you with your business strategies and legal needs. Check out her legal website: www.LotusLawCenter.com. Feel free to contact her at Darity@DarityWesley.com or Darity@LotusLawCenter.com.
(c) 2012 Darity Wesley

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