In this episode of The Transformative Leader Podcast, I’m pleased to be speaking with seasoned entrepreneur, leadership consultant, speaker, and kindred spirit, Jeffrey Deckman. Jeffrey is an internationally recognized thought leader and award-winning author in the emerging field of Conscious Leadership. Since 2005, Jeff has been a leadership and organizational performance consultant with his company, Capability Accelerators, where business owners and executives take their organizations and leadership teams to the next level using twenty-first century processes. Jeff is also an avid student of many spiritual traditions and a stage 4 cancer “thriver,“ and his brings his depth of experience to bear in his teachings and his practice.
In 10 years, what kind of person will you be, what will you be doing, and what will you have?
I may seem counterintuitive, but the answer to that question is not somewhere “out there,” that is, you can’t look to evidence out in the world to tell you how things are going to be. Rather the answer to this question largely depends on who you envision yourself becoming, doing, and having, based primarily on what you believe you are capable of achieving. First, we tell ourselves the “story” of what we can and can’t do, then we look for clues outside of ourselves to confirm our assumptions, and finally, we set out to ensure our self-fulfilling prophecy comes true. Whether you lead an organization of thousands or you are simply focused on your own personal priorities, how you see yourself and those who depend on you for leadership has everything to do with how things will turn out.
Do you know what your gift is? Do you recognize that you have one? Do you use and share it regularly? Are you able to recognize other people’s gifts and help them put them to good use? An important trait of Transformative Leaders is that they are generous with their gift and they create an environment in which everyone discovers their own gift and brings it to everything they do. You notice I say “gift,” not “gifts.” This is because I am not referring merely to a list of skills that you have mastered and things you can do well. I’m talking about the unique gift that has been a constant contributor to your success and fulfillment as you have expressed it in various ways in different areas of your life.