25 Jun 2014
June 25, 2014

What is Heartled Leadership?

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Did you know that the heart actually sends more signals to the brain, than the brain sends to the heart? Yet in our culture, we tend to lead our lives with our minds, instead of from our hearts. We have all heard the saying, the heart will never lead you wrong. But learning to really listen to your heart takes a practice of turning inward and creating silence, so that your heart can speak to you clearly. The messages of the heart will never be heard through the chattering mind, as the heart doesn’t use language to communicate. The mind is always focused on logic and making decisions based on past experience. It is a preventative, risk adverse way of navigating your life. Following your heart requires taking risks, sitting in uncertainty and developing the courage to trust and know all will be revealed to you one step at a time. This is how we open to and move towards new possibilities.

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell

To me, leading from your heart is the bravest form of leadership, because it requires vulnerability and transparency. We act as a leader when we are authentic, speak from the heart and to the heart. The message is clear and felt by others, not just processed by the brain intellectually. A leader that comes from the heart is someone that inspires, supports, uplifts, operates from a place of integrity, and cares about impacting the greater good, not his or her own needs and ego.

It is the intelligence of the heart that will guide and uplift you in all your actions. Practice asking your heart before asking your mind. Practice bridging and connecting the heart’s intelligence with the brain’s intelligence. Practice radiating joy, gratitude, and appreciation from the heart, not the mind. The heart is meant to lead you in life and the mind is meant to carry out the heart directed action.  The heart is the master and the mind is the servant.  Not the other way around.  Just as you don’t pursue success for happiness, you pursue happiness and success follows.

The hero’s journey is finding the courage to follow your bliss and your heart will always lead you home, to your bliss.