Leadership Strategies - Be a Change Leader With an Organic Vision

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." - Woodrow Wilson

Let's talk change leadership, personally and professionally. Stretching to new levels of excellence and making major changes needs to begin with a compelling organic vision. This vision is a map from where you begin to plan your strategies.

Before planning can begin, however, it is necessary to have your organic vision. An organic vision is one that is an expression of self authenticity and integrity. It is one which you believe in and will take responsibility to fulfill. An organic vision calls forth the self you are meant to develop. It is your journey and something you are passionate about being involved in creating. Without having this, life may seem ordinary and without purpose.

Let's say you value freedom and you want to live in a world where there is "freedom for all." The bigger picture you have for the world is "freedom for all." To do your part in having "freedom for all" you generate a smaller visualization which contributes to the mega world vision. Your vision is the micro part that contributes to the whole. It is not made up of should's, but speaks from what truly resonates from your higher self. This vision is articulate, inspiring and motivates you.

For example, freedom is high on my lists of values. My bigger vision for "freedom for all" is people in the world are living life on purpose doing what they love. They show up as leaders in their life professionally and personally. My part in contributing to freedom around the world is to the best coach I can be, helping people fulfill their destiny doing what they love, thereby creating a world full of love, peace and joy. As a result, doing what I love has a synergistic effect; wherein the total effect is greater than the sum of the individuals who have the same mega vision. Whatever you do in life you are part of the whole. Your part is significant. So the larger vision "freedom for all - people in the world living life on purpose doing what they love" is being achieved through the diversity of individuals with the same mega vision.

Once you have a deeper understanding of what is important to you, why it is important to you, and how you would feel living your ideal, you can begin to plan. Unfortunately, most people become followers by reacting to circumstances surrendering their freedom of choice. When you connect to your organic vision you are motivated, have clarity, and learn to be in command of your choices. You take ownership of your journey to lead from a place of authenticity. That is freedom!

I write a lot about organic vision and being on purpose passionately because each of us is a leader making a difference. We are the CEO's of our lives, personally and professionally. The most effective CEO demonstrates leadership from an organic vision that benefits the whole. It is wise to work in an atmosphere that correlates to your ideal vision in transformation, thereby expanding the change you want to see synergistically. We all contribute and make a difference. To be alive and awake to the difference is born within you and brings your vision alive. Now you can plan. And yes, there will be stops and starts along the way, but the difference is you get to choose. You get to wake up your dream and live to take action.

A major stopping point for most people in planning is they get stopped by the "how." Because you are moving into something new and out of your comfort zone, it is understandable you don't have the answers right in front of you, because if you knew how, you would already be doing it! Change is inherent with stretching out of the norm into the unknown.

Change also seems to bring an absence of what is known. It is almost like a having a memory lapse of what you do know that will give you leverage. The inner critics have a job to keep the status quo. But the failure in that belief, that everything remains the same, is totally wrong. Nothing is stagnant. The changing seasons are evidence of the ebb and flow of life. The river before it reaches its path to the sea goes through a number of changes; it encounters eddies, rapids, calm, flow, stagnation and streams.

Questions Hold the Answers:

•What is the essence of who you are and who you are becoming?

•What are your top five values?

•Which of these values contribute to being a "change leader"?

•What is the difference you want to make in the world?

•What would the world look like with this change?

•Where in your communities are you being in action, contributing to the whole, making the difference you want to have happen?

•What are your strengths that give you leverage in developing your vision?


•You do make a difference. You are the CEO leading your life. Picture if you will standing at the edge of a river. You have a stone in your hand, which is a metaphor of you. You throw the stone in the water and ripples appear, flowing outward from the stone. This is you and the ripple effect you have in the world. Create your organic vision. Know it is ever evolving and changing as you are evolving.

•Start making plans beginning with the end in mind. Don't get into overwhelm. Maybe visualize three to five years from now - or to make it easier 12 months from now. Picture what you see accomplished at the end of that time. In your mind imagine the steps you took from say one year from the day you started to the present time.

•Today write down 4 action steps you can take to be in action. They don't have to be biggies. It can be writing your vision, making a call, doing research, developing a new habit to facilitate your taking action, etc.

•Remember: Anything is Possible - You are the possibility of change and transformation.


Theresa-Maria (“TM”) Napa – of Right Track Coaching - is dedicated to helping professionals and executives increase their winning percentage while taking fewer steps and producing better results. Her career has included positions as executive assistant, vice president of operations, director of marketing & administration, and business owner with substantial experience in leadership, marketing, client development, and execut...

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