Why Knowing Where You Are is Crucial in Leadership

I love maps.

When our family visits a new place, I find a good, old-fashioned paper map to get my bearings.

Let me ask you a question that I have pondered for way too long: What is the most important place on a map?

I used to believe that the most important place on a map was where I wanted to go.

Now, I know the most crucial place is correctly identifying where I am. 

Modern technology has made it simpler to find my place. There is a little dot. But before digital maps and GPS, identifying my location was more difficult.

Knowing where I am, helps me get to where I want to go.

What does this have to do with leadership?

I listen to several podcasts every week. Many are now talking about setting goals for 2023. (As someone who has struggled to set goals, I appreciate this counsel and am working on my goals.)

But before I set my goals, I must soberly acknowledge where I am. 

We announced two weeks ago that Jeremie Kubicek will speak at Leadercast 2023: Human Intelligence. And I picked up his new book, The Peace Index.

Jeremie focuses on how internal peace is critical to our success in our fractured world. The book helps you identify your perceived peace level in five critical areas: Purpose, People, Place, Personal Health, and Provision. 

So before setting your goals for 2023, assess your current reality using Jeremie’s categories.

  • Are you living a life of purpose?
  • Do you have people who regularly encourage and challenge you in your life?
  • Are you at peace where you live (housing, city, region, etc.)
  • How is your health?
  • Do you feel like your needs are being met financially?

Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 (1 = Terrible, 10 = Awesome)

After answering these questions, you will have a better idea of where you are on the map, and you can better plan where you need to go.

And pick up The Peace Index. It’s helping me understand my location better, which will help me get to where I want to go. 

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Brian Rutherford

Brian Rutherford is Director of Content and Product Strategy for Leadercast. Brian has been telling stories professionally for twenty-five years. Stories that inspire people to see themselves and the world differently. Stories that challenge people to take meaningful action in the world.

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