The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
In 1986, I stood at a crossroads. Freshly discharged from the US Army after serving as a combat medic and practical nurse, I embarked on a new journey as a paramedic. The civilian world beckoned, but anxiety gripped me. With a blossoming young family to support, I faced managing my first emergency call in a civilian EMS system out of a 'box' (ambulance) with just a partner. No longer a student with the 'pros' to fall back on, a knot began to form in my stomach—I had never done it for real.
Transitioning from the military to a civilian EMS system was a leap into the unknown. As a rookie paramedic, I felt the weight of responsibility for people's lives resting squarely on my shoulders. It wasn't just about the skills I'd learned; it was about stepping into a role that demanded courage, precision, and a clear sense of purpose. At the same time, I was meeting new teammates and trying to make my way as a rookie.
In those early days, I discovered the reality of being a rookie in a tight-knit small-town EMS. We weren't just a team; we were a culture, a family. I was also being made very clear about what it means be the rookie in that culture. We were housed with the fire department, and they were as much a part of the team, culture, and, shall we say... the "on-boarding" process.
Then came the moment of truth—my first emergency call. Petrified and yet fueled by determination, I charged ahead. It was a defining moment, a reminder of my purpose: to serve and make a difference. Like you, I faced challenges that stretched me, uncertainties that tested me, and growth opportunities that demanded I rise above—and I still do—almost every single day.
As Thucydides wisely noted, true bravery arises when we have a crystal-clear vision and confront both glory and danger head-on. How clear is your vision? Your purpose? Are you prepared to navigate the dual landscapes of success and adversity? Are you ready to lead, not just manage?
Amidst the turbulence of leadership, the clarity of purpose shines like a beacon. Sadly, many organizations overlook the power of purpose-driven leadership, despite evidence that it profoundly impacts long-term success. For example, Korn Ferry reports from a survey of over a thousand executives that nearly 70% of those executives endorsed that an organization’s commitment to purpose-driven leadership greatly impacts the long-term financial benefits of an organization—and yet, implementation of that endorsement is hard to find.
Moreover, the survey underscores a critical gap—while every executive acknowledged the boost in productivity from a shared sense of purpose, only half believe their organizations effectively engage employees with this purpose.
It's time to rekindle your vision.
Leading with and through meaning and purpose isn't a luxury; it's a strategic imperative. Your leadership shapes productivity, financial growth, and the overall health of your team and organization.
Now, let's go out and meet that challenge.
For real. It has to be authentic or it's not going to work. Every leader needs to clearly know and be able to articulate why they are a leader and how they do that. They need to be able to connect that to their team's and their organization's mission, vision, and values. And, they need to be able to leverage that powerfully in their leadership. That's leading with meaning and purpose.
Once mastered, a leader can then move on to engaging "their employees with purpose." There is an art and skill to guiding a team in the process of creating both a Shared Team Mission & Values Statement and a Shared Team Vision Statement—and then leveraging those effectively as a leader. That's leading through meaning and purpose.
That's why I created The Purpose-Driven Leadership Program. It is comprised of two courses that meets both of these challenges:
This transformative program equips leaders with invaluable skills and insights into leading with greater meaning and purpose AND the tools to cultivate a thriving team culture that resonates with personal and shared purpose and a shared team vision.
After engaging in this program, you will be equipped to positively impact key metrics such as employee engagement, productivity, innovation, revenue and financials, wellbeing, retention, and most importantly, your leadership effectiveness! This program can mark a turning point in your leadership expedition—a moment that shifts paradigms and leaves an indelible mark on you and those you lead. It can be delivered completely online and on-demand, hybrid, or as in-person workshops—whichever best meets you and your team's needs.
Bold claims? Indeed. But time and again, I've witnessed leaders transform through the power of meaning and purpose. Those who lead with meaning and purpose foster unshakable impacts, amplified by a focused vision and a passion to guide others. Every great leader has had a clear, strong, guiding purpose that they passionately pursue. Do you?
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Picture this potential amplified by adding the synergy of professional, confidential coaching and an unparalleled 360-degree feedback leadership assessment. Your leadership skyrockets. This is the launchpad of exemplary leadership development.
Now, consider the alternative—stagnation. Imagine the cost of not evolving, not embracing a purpose-driven approach. What opportunities slip through your fingers? What legacy remains?
What if you seize this moment? What if you embrace the challenge, step into your purpose, and embark on a journey of transformative leadership? The answer lies in your vision, your courage, and your willingness to act.
Glory and danger coexist on the path to leadership excellence. Dare to envision it, pursue it, and leave an enduring legacy.
Your journey starts now.
Have an amazing journey today!
Alan Mikolaj is a coach and leadership development consultant with 15+ years of experience. He is passionate about helping leaders transform their leadership, their teams, and their organizations. Impactful, professional approach driven by a passion for meaning and purpose, a growth mindset, and a commitment to excellence and service in order to drive change and results.
Alan maintains the ethics and standards of behavior established by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), including the standards regarding confidentiality. You can learn more about them on the ICF website.
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Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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