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Serving Yourself to Serve Others: A Heroic Leadership Journey

Today I published my Lead Positive Profile with Bonnie Marcus, women’s success coach and author of The Politics of Promotion on my Psychology Today blog. In the profile, we tracked the evolution of Bonnie’s heroic journey from kindergarten teacher, to corporate executive, to entrepreneur and successful business coach. Here are some of the most inspirational quotes from her interview....


Reflection and Anticipation

June 21, 2015 - The Heroic Journey

I believe leaders must be willing to embark on heroic levels of adventure if they are to make significant positive change in an upside-down world that demands organizational transformation, innovation and culture change.


Now is the time to share what you learned

June 14, 2015 - The Heroic Journey

Having engaged all of your allies and emerged triumphant from the Supreme Ordeal, you the leader have come to the place you had only imagined at the start. You find a new culture developing, a new bold innovative business approach in progress.


Stepping toward your imagined future

May 24, 2015 - The Heroic Journey

In this third phase of your heroic journey, your game-changing vision has such a powerful pull on your mind, heart and spirit that you will muster the courage to begin your epic journey. As a leader, crossing the threshold means leaving behind the status quo and starting the process of creating the changes you know are needed.


Resistance is natural … and futile!

May 17, 2015 - The Heroic Journey

In myths and legends, heroes fight resistance of some kind. Joseph Campbell reminds us that heroes often resist the Call because they are facing the greatest of all fears — fear of the unknown. Usually, at this point heroes encounter a mentor or sage who offers advice and encouragement to help them counter the resistance. As the leader, the work required to instigate transformational change can seem daunting.


How You Will Grow on Your Heroic Leadership Journey

The Journey is the fourth phase of the Heroic Journey of the Leader.* As you can imagine, it encompasses the majority of your adventure in terms of time and effort. As the leader, the challenges you encounter on your Journey will be the best problems you have ever had. Each setback will be an opportunity to eliminate what is...