To develop as a leader has a lot of things that come together to show that an individual is now qualified to be seen as a developed leader. There are various areas of human life that needs to be taken into consideration if a person is to be recognised as having developed. Some of these areas of human life include;
- Emotional development
- Physical development
- Mental development
- Social development
- Spiritual development
These are just some of the areas of human development. There are other areas which deal with the intellectual development of an individual and how practical he or she is when it comes to dealing with a group of people. Each of these areas has its own way of being developed and they also come with their own indicators through which people are able to identify whether a particular person has really develop or not. Much emphasis has over the years been placed on certain areas of human development with a single area being kept away for a very long time. Development with regards to the likes of emotions, physical, mental social and intellectual areas of an individual have always been extensively discussed with that of the spiritual development being kept in the dark.
Spiritually developing as a leader comes with a number of unique things that need to be properly handled and true leaders now and past were all good at dealing with such things. Buddha, Jesus Christ and Mohammed among many other leaders were able to use the spiritual development to draw a lot of followers towards their perceived destination and it is up to every individual leader to also make sure that he or she gets developed spiritually if he or she wishes to have that kind of influences that those leaders had on their followers.
Being developed in all the other areas are essential but it is true spiritual development that you can really create the kind of inspiration that is needed to push followers towards the desired target or goal.
There are some ways through which an individual can develop spiritually as a leader and that is what this article will throw more light on.
How can you develop spiritually?
Be mindful of everything: Being mindful demands that a person shows a much matured way of doing everything in life so that he or she does not end up trampling or creating unwanted emotional situations for the organisation. A leader is always seen as being matured in everything that he or she says or does and that can only be achieved when that particular leader makes use of caution in all his or her dealings with people. Leaders who are mindful are those who perfectly understand the various emotions and individual differences on display in that particular organisation and adequately address them in a matured way without any commotion being caused. He or she knows how to speak to people and how to treat them as individuals with unique differences and feelings and as such there is no situation where that leader is seen to have acted in a very inappropriate manner towards any individual member since caution is his or her watchword.
Being compassionate: The ability to show genuine care and concern about the personal feelings of an individual goes on to show how compassionate you are as a leader. Showing compassion to your followers has a way of help to spiritually develop a person by making him or her to be emotionally intelligent to the various situations that individual members go through. Such a leader goes from being just a leader to becoming a truly developed leader as he or she is able to connect to the emotions of his or her members on a very different level. He or she understands what their fears are and what they hope to achieve without even being told.
Connect to a higher source of inspiration: This is the ultimate tool in spiritual development of any individual and it requires the person to be able to have a total belief in a source of energy that is far greater and higher than the targets or goals that have been set by the organisation. This is what drives you on even when all people think that there is no way forward. People like Buddha, Jesus Christ and Mohammed were all able to connect to this higher source of energy through constantly meditating, praying and studying themselves critically and it helped in giving them the kind of inspiration and faith that regarded as being out of this world.
These are the three main ways through which you can develop spiritually as a leader.
About the Author: Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation.