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Who are our leaders?

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I have been asked to share Energy Guidance Complete’s view about leadership and leaders. I will be sharing quotes from two of the EGC books. These quotes relate to people living in open societies.

From The Gift of Intuitive, Dedicated Comfort:

“In order to develop and maintain a healthy society, individual members must strive for balance. They must hold themselves accountable and must hold their society accountable. They must not expect more from their leaders than they do from themselves. THEY MUST NOT EXPECT MORE FROM THEIR LEADERS THAN THEY DO FROM THEMSELVES. Leaders are simply a reflection of the society they lead, no better, no worse. However, leaders must strive to balance themselves, especially when they are tempted by the benefits that come from being leaders.”

From Pond a Connected Existence:

“Obligation to one’s community is much larger than many people think. Taking part in elections, taking part in cleaning up, taking part in communal rituals—these are the basic obligations on all. Beyond those acts, one should participate in bettering the community.
The more people balance their lives with interconnectedness, the more significant and meaningful their lives become. A caveat—connecting to non-sustaining activities does not bring the same results. The connections that result from a life lived intertwined and obligated raise, heighten, and compensate. Why is that? Because the more people do for others, receive from others, give and take back and forth, the closer they are living to their balanced selves. Doing for others prevents people from becoming too self focused. Receiving from others prevents people from sinking too low if they are in a position of struggle or illness or burdensomeness. Interconnectedness helps us remain in a state of preparedness—prepared to give and prepared to receive. Sometimes more of this one; sometimes more of that one…”

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“… The more positive one’s attitude, the more that can be accomplished. The more one is connected to others, the more one can ask for help. The more organized one’s living conditions, the less time wasted. The more undistracted and unselfish, the greater that can be done.”

Leaders are people who “…pursue public roles when they are motivated by internal desire and strength, communal support, admired role models, peer pressure, or acquisition of power.” from The Gift of Intuitive, Dedicated Comfort. Leaders take on leadership roles for many reasons, and each leader is an individual with individual motivation and individual goals. Leaders should not be lumped into a group nor should they be raised above or lowered below other people.

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The people who choose to dedicate their lives to public service are placing themselves in positions of power and ridicule, privilege and expectation of purer behavior. Societal members must remember that these leaders must not be worshipped nor should they be expected to live more simply than others in their society. Each leader must be evaluated on his or her own merits and must live according to societal rules and mores. And each member of society should see himself or herself as a leader who can contribute and influence and bring forth balance in the world.

These books can be purchased on amazon.com:

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Relating to Leaders, Post #3: Leaders and Their Sources of Purpose

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Each leader draws from sources that inspire, direct, or necessitate:

  • Inspirational sources can be causes held dear or leaders held in esteem.
  • Direction converges from many sources, some that encourage inspirational acts and some that press destructive leadership.
  • Necessity creates leaders when need is recognized and heeded.

Many influences prod, stall, pull, and mold leaders. (Influences here refer to parents, spouse, children, siblings, extended family, friends, supporters, and community connections.) The influences have their own direction and pressures. The needs of the various influences determine the force and power of the influences on the leaders.

A leader who is in the leadership position because of influence from negative sources leads from a place of resignation and insecurity. This leader can harm community welfare and trust. This leader’s purpose is tentative and quickly forgotten. If negative forces continue to influence, the leader may lose focus completely or may try to rectify past actions.

A leader who is in place when necessity arises or when no one else will lead, is a leader who has potential. The act of stepping forward forces leadership action that can propel towards effective leadership. If this leader receives self-derived encouragement and encouragement from involved people, the leadership experience can be positive and rewarding for others and for the reluctant leader.

When the experience of being led by an inspiring leader ignites others to become leaders, these subsequent leaders can also become inspirational if they adapt the positive leadership qualities to themselves. When a strongly felt cause leads to leadership as a way to bring change, the leader can be inspirational if he or she can adapt the drive to bring change in one direction to many directions.

The sources of purpose, that is, the influences that inspire, direct, and force leadership, are similar to natural elements that push growth and development. Leadership is a natural aspect of human development.

Relating to Leaders, Post #2: Leadership in everyday life

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People are capable of leadership each and every day. Not just elected leaders, company leaders, or leaders of institutions. Leadership opportunities present themselves to everyone; people must choose to snatch these opportunities.

Even the most insignificant job has leadership potential if the job performer realizes this is so. By performing one’s job with gusto, one chooses to be available for opportunities to excel and to affect. By performing one’s job with so-what and who-cares, one chooses to close off from opportunities to receive more.

In the life of an apathetic person, leadership opportunities are squandered. In the life of an insistent person, leadership opportunities can be actualized. Each person chooses to be a leader when he or she is willing to take a stand, take a shot at, take action. Small opportunities perhaps, but possibilities for innumerable repercussions. Once an action has been taken, especially if the action is uplifting, it causes vibrations that affect others.

Leadership opportunities are available to all equally. Yes, equally. One simply has to notice and perform.

(repeated from the post dated 12-17-13)

Relating to Leaders, Post #1

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With debates and fundraising in the U.S. inspiring judgmental commentary on social media, leadership and responses to leaders are going to be the topics in a series of blog posts.

Let’s start with a quote from The Gift of Intuitive, Dedicated Comfort:

“In order to develop and maintain a healthy society, individual members must strive for balance. They must hold themselves accountable and must hold their society accountable. They must not expect more from their leaders than they do from themselves. THEY MUST NOT EXPECT MORE FROM THEIR LEADERS THAN THEY DO FROM THEMSELVES. Leaders are simply a reflection of the society they lead, no better, no worse. However, leaders must strive to balance themselves, especially when they are tempted by the benefits that come from being leaders.”

(color, underline, and bold added for emphasis)

Leaders live like other people, with difficulties and accomplishments, just like other people They are not superhuman and they are not above other people. They make mistakes and they change their minds, just like everyone else.

Leaders are people who “…pursue public roles when they are motivated by internal desire and strength, communal support, admired role models, peer pressure, or acquisition of power.”

Leaders take on leadership roles for many reasons, and each leader is an individual with individual motivation and individual goals. The people who choose to dedicate their lives to public service are placing themselves in positions of power and ridicule, privilege and expectation of purer behavior. Each leader must be evaluated on his or her own merits and must live according to societal rules and mores.

Judgmental attitudes towards leaders is harmful to the people who deliver the cruel and deriding commentary. Before judging leaders, a person must judge himself or herself to see if he or she holds to the standards expected of the leaders. If not, then judgement is the wrong stance. Better to approach leaders with openmindedness and self-worth. Better to approach with curiosity and self-confidence.  Individual members of society must not expect more from their leaders than they do from themselves.

 

The ability to vote

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Today are elections in the country where I live. In honor of this confusing day, I asked Spiritual Presence what to share. Here we go…

The ability to vote is a not-to-be-taken-for-granted situation. People who are eligible to vote have the opportunity to influence in a personal way, and they should vote with the weight of this responsibility on their shoulders.

The candidates are a reflection of their society—neither better nor worse. These people have troubles just like others and their lives are influenced by the decisions of the people who vote. The candidates may seem more special than the people who vote, but in actuality, they are the same. The candidates lack assurance as the votes are cast and determined.

Leaders and temptation

Here is information from an earlier blog post that reminds us of the challenges that come with choosing to be a leader, particularly in politics:

To be a leader means to be tempted:

  • Tempted to change things for one’s own interests.
  • Tempted to change things for one’s friends.
  • Tempted to change things for one’s family.
  • Tempted to change things for one’s perceived friends.
  • Tempted to change things for the sake of change.
  • Tempted to change things for the sake of being able to bring change.
  • Tempted to change things in order to create a new reality.
  • Tempted to change things in order to create an earlier reality.
  • Tempted to do things that couldn’t be done when one wasn’t a leader.

Being a leader can be a heady experience. Perhaps you were elected. Perhaps you were chosen. Perhaps you were the only choice. Perhaps you were aggressive and claimed it.

Being a leader can be an inflating experience. Perhaps you can get things you couldn’t get before. Perhaps you can be presented with opportunities that only come to leaders. Perhaps you can be presented with power that influences in a negative way.

Being a leader can be a negative experience. Perhaps you see sides of yourself that you didn’t realize existed. Perhaps you see sides of others that you didn’t realize existed as well.

BUT…

Being a leader can present opportunities to bring change that is needed, that is for the betterment of society that is purposeful and balanced. The temptations that are negative can fall away and higher purpose can be served. Being a leader does not guarantee that one’s life is better or more significant. Being a leader is a way to serve society and the people who need a person to decide. Being a leader should be undertaken by people who are spiritually connected (not meaning religious—that can be something else) and are interested in balance and positivity. Being a leader is an opportunity to banish the temptations and be an example to people who are looking for a guide and a torchbearer.

https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2013/12/16/leaders-and-temptation/

Leadership in everyday life

People are capable of leadership each and every day. Not just elected leaders, company leaders, or leaders of institutions. Leadership opportunities present themselves to everyone; people must choose to snatch these opportunities.

Screen bean-finish line

Even the most insignificant job has leadership potential if the job performer realizes this is so. By performing one’s job with gusto, one chooses to be available for opportunities to excel and to affect. By performing one’s job with so-what and who-cares, one chooses to close off from opportunities to receive more.

In the life of an apathetic person, leadership opportunities are squandered. In the life of an insistent person, leadership opportunities can be actualized. Each person chooses to be a leader when he or she is willing to take a stand, take a shot at, take action. Small opportunities perhaps, but possibilities for innumerable repercussions. Once an action has been taken, especially if the action is uplifting, it causes vibrations that affect others.

Leadership opportunities are available to all equally. Yes, equally. One simply has to notice and perform.

Leaders and temptation

The last post brought up the subject of leaders and leadership. Today, we’ll look at leaders and temptation.

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To be a leader means to be tempted:

  • Tempted to change things for one’s own interests.
  • Tempted to change things for one’s friends.
  • Tempted to change things for one’s family.
  • Tempted to change things for one’s perceived friends.
  • Tempted to change things for the sake of change.
  • Tempted to change things for the sake of being able to bring change.
  • Tempted to change things in order to create a new reality.
  • Tempted to change things in order to create an earlier reality.
  • Tempted to do things that couldn’t be done when one wasn’t a leader.

Being a leader can be a heady experience. Perhaps you were elected. Perhaps you were chosen. Perhaps you were the only choice. Perhaps you were aggressive and claimed it.

Being a leader can be an inflating experience. Perhaps you can get things you couldn’t get before. Perhaps you can be presented with opportunities that only come to leaders. Perhaps you can be presented with power that influences in a negative way. Being a leader can be a negative experience. Perhaps you see sides of yourself that you didn’t realize existed. Perhaps you see sides of others that you didn’t realize existed as well.

BUT…

Being a leader can present opportunities to bring change that is needed, that is for the betterment of society, that is purposeful and balanced. The temptations that are negative can fall away, and higher purpose can be served. Being a leader does not guarantee that one’s life is better or more significant. Being a leader is a way to serve society and the people who need a person to decide. Being a leader should be undertaken by people who are spiritually connected (not meaning religious—that can be something else) and are interested in balance and positivity. Being a leader is an opportunity to banish the temptations and be an example to people who are looking for a guide and a torchbearer.

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