Be The Leader You Want To Be
“By focusing in specific ways on five key leadership elements—Purpose, Process, People, Presence, and Peace—you can increase your time, capacity, energy, and ultimately your leadership impact,” explains Amy Jen Su, author of the book The Leader You Want To Be: Five Essential Principles for Bringing Out Your Best Self—Every Day.Su shares both Western management thinking and Eastern philosophy to provide a holistic yet hands-on approach to becoming a more effective leader with less stress and more equanimity. She draws on rich and instructive stories of clients, leaders, artists, and athletes. And, she focuses on three foundational tenets: self-care, self-awareness, and personal agency.
- Purpose – Staying grounded in your passions and contributions, doing your highest and best work that has meaning and is making a difference.
- Process – Relying on daily practices and routines that honor your natural energy rhythms, enhance performance, save time and that provide critical guardrails that keep you on point.
- People – Raising your game by raising the game of others at work and at home.
- Presence – Strengthening your inner capacity to pause between stimulus and response, so matters of effectiveness and impact drive decisions and actions, rather than old habits or knee-jerk impulses.
- Peace – Learning to trust your capacities to evolve, adapt, and respond to whatever comes your way. And, how to lead from a place of acceptance, gratitude, and trust, rather than a place of stress, striving, and ego protection.
- Prioritize, elevate, tolerate or eliminate tasks.
- Protect time and maximize energy.
- Find balance in calendar commitments.
- Build a strategic network—by getting comfortable asking others for help and reaching out to the right people.
- Create new if-then scenarios to how to give yourself the power of choice.
- Acknowledge your feelings and take constructive action for what’s within your control.
- Set a barometer for what’s enough and how to have an attitude of gratitude.
Amy Jen Su
Question:Of the 5 Ps you consider Purpose to be the most essential. Why?
- Acceptance is a first critical component of peace because, the more you resist or oppose what is happening, the more energy you lose. It’s critical to acknowledge and feel your feelings but not be run by them. It is then easier to take constructive action for what’s within your control.
- Contentment is a second critical component of peace, because without it, you can become mired in negativity. Having an internal barometer for what’s enough and having an attitude of gratitude can help.
- Finally, cultivating trust in yourself and remembering that you have successfully overcome many learning curves and challenges before can help you to navigate new opportunities with greater ease.