I was asked a profound question today. A question that I was sure I knew the answer to right away, but the details begin to unfold the more I allowed myself to sink into the question. The question was, “what do you want to be known for ?”
My initial response was, “I want to be known for being me, authentically being me.”
I have experienced life in the metaphorical box where I marked and calculated every move to try to be “brand approved.” I created myself with the thought that I needed to be someone different than who I really was to please others and achieve their vision of who I thought I “should” be. I choose not to fit myself in someone else’s box of what they think I should or shouldn’t be as a human being and as a leader.
The initial response of, “I want to be known for being me,” was accurate. However, there is more that I want to be known for as a leader.
I want to be known for…
- A guide who elevates people to be their best self.
- A leader who challenges people to achieve more than they ever thought possible,
- A mind that dreams bigger than people think is realistic,
- Creativity that makes people scratch their heads perplexed and say, “hmmmm.”
- I want to be known for being an individual that helps other people recognize their purpose and inspire them to believe they can make a difference,
- A developer and coach of the world’s top talent,
- A leader who breeds creativity, empowerment and innovation amongst followers,
- One who creates an environment where people feel respected, want to work hard and feel comfortable to be themselves.
- I want to challenge people to move out of their own way to fulfill their maximum potential…their purpose.
- I want to be known for my tenacity, resiliency and ability to relate to almost anyone that I come into contact with because of my background and my story.
- A hard worker who always gives 110%, even when there may be nothing else to give,
- The individual that always believes where there is “a will, there is a way.”
- The visionary that is able to connect strategy, mission and purpose to achieve results.
- The coach who helps people accurately diagnose and create a plan of action that yields more than they ever knew they were capable of achieving,
- The leader who lives by the motto, “be the leader you would follow.”
- A fellow human being who walks and experiences the journey alongside each one of you.
What do you want to be known for in life and leadership?
Jodi is a sought out mentor, coach, facilitator and speaker. She has been recognized for her authorship in her weekly blog, The Journey, Daily Guidephrase on Twitter and her work for developing future leaders in the business and education sectors. Jodi’s mission is to have an impact on the way people relate to the human experience through our feelings, actions and behaviors. Jodi’s vision is to play an active role in the growth and development of others to believe they can identify and achieve their individual purpose and to facilitate the validation in each person that they matter. Jodi’s leadership philosophy is to be the leader you would follow in work and life. Visit her site www.jodiashbrook.com or twitter @jodiashbrook