Freedom driven leadership refers to a type of leadership in life and business that allows people to grow and thrive as they are uniquely created to do and be. Freedom driven leadership attracts people to you because you are not trying to force them to be part of your vision, goal or profit.
What you have to offer is of value to people. We all know this. I have had lots of events, workshops, classes that I knew would benefit my friends and acquaintances. I was often disappointed when my friends did not attend the events, I thought that they were being unsupportive and also did not see the value in what I had to teach. I have poured hours into clients that eventually felt like a waste. However, I have learned that leadership should be led by pure love.
In my lifetime, I have seen supportive mentors turn into controlling and manipulative, back-stabbing people who tried to tell me that if I did not listen to them I would eventually walk down a path of destruction. I had “mentors” try to control me by telling me fear-inducing lies about my career, relationships and life. Over the years, I have learned to discern peoples’ spirits. Are they coming from a place of fear or love? Very people spew negative words with intention of helping you grow.
They are projecting their own fears, especially when they see that you have been able to live in freedom and you are half their age or you were blessed with less resources to begin with…but have been able to create something of your life.
Leadership that tries to force and manipulate people to do anything, even if it benefits and helps the follower, is corrupted power. I know we would like to think that our life is purely physical and material. However, it is spiritual as well. People lead out of spiritual love or fear.
Fear-led leadership looks like this: always telling you what to do because they’re scared you will not listen, manipulating you by saying fear-inducing lies which will make you purchase their product based on the fact that if you don’t, you will not win in life, and more.
I have learned that living a freedom led life means doing everything out of love. Love allows people to grow and be the person they want to be. Love is not fear-inducing or manipulative. Love is graceful and a poetic dance of joy and power. A leader led by love allows him or herself to breathe. A leader should love him/herself first so that he/she is giving love out of an overflow, not a deficiency.
A week ago, someone told me that if I told my soon to be commercial acting agent that I was going to Europe, they would reconsider signing me on. Her words started festering in my heart and I was paralyzed and confused. I knew that what I wanted to do in Europe was far beyond what anyone could imagine. I envisioned lives being touches, stories being told, films, art and writing to be created. I envisioned life connections being made, streets to be explored, healing to be had. When I finally got the courage to tell the agent, she suggested “why not come back and sign the contract then?” She was not manipulative nor concerned that my trip would jeopardize my career. This was how I envisioned my life to be, easy and graceful. I did not need someone to feed lies into my head and cause useless anxiety. Everything that I have ever done has led me to deeper into my destiny.
Even though I knew all along that whatever happens, it would be meant to be, a few words from a trusted advisor festered into “what ifs”. In reality, I knew that my heart was wise and that I have always had a “knowing” which helped me to navigate people, opportunities and decisions in life.
You must cultivate your “inner knowing”. Your inner knowing allows you to discern what spirits people are living out of. What anyone says or does has nothing to do with you. Everyone is constantly projecting their hearts.
Freedom driven leadership is revolutionary. What does freedom mean to you? And how have you led people in freedom? If you are currently following a leader, are they leading out of freedom and if not, how can you address it with that leader to further improve both of your lives?
Rebekka Lien is a Visionary Entrepreneur, Realtor & Artist who teaches people the art of coming alive. She will be in Europe from September 24 to November 24 and is currently finishing up her ebook which will be released September 15, 2014. Contact her at Lienrebekka@gmail.com/ www.Rebekkalien.com.