Leadership starts from within. We are complex beings and in order to lead others more effectively we need to unravel who we are and what we stand for to create more self awareness, resilience, and joy. Yes I said joy. Without joy we are just going through the motions and not really creating engagement for ourselves and for others that we lead. We want our teams to wake up in the morning and look forward to come to work because they see the purpose of their work and they find joy in what they do and the people they work beside. This is not an easy task. What are the alternatives?

How do we create this sense of joy in ourselves and others?

  1. Don’t take ourselves to seriously – work on finding the humour in the world and project that positivity so others can bask in your positive glow!
  2. Be grateful – choose to be grateful for what you have and not look to what you have not. Who knows, by doing this you may just attract more abundance. When you wake up in the morning think about three things you are grateful for and see how that changes your brain state. Go back to that list during the day to help ground you and separate you from the stress and pressure of living in this world.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people – those that zap you and not those that sap you. When you are around positive, joyful people we are less likely to be negative. However, you also need to shine some positivity, so use this opportunity to practice being joyful. It is pretty powerful.
  4. Smile!
  5. Breathe – deep, diaphragmatic breathing can bring your cortisol into levels that stop your flight or fight reactions from being constantly switched on. This can lead to your body to be less stressed and your brain less foggy.

Watch this TED Talk on joy.


Vicky Pond Dunlop

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