Think for a moment about the word “Pure.” What thoughts come to mind as you envision its meaning? Is it something perfect and without fault? Maybe it’s something spotless or clean? Or do does it bring to mind something that is simply not mixed with another substance?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of “PURE” is to be unmixed with any other matter. It also defines pure as being free from what vitiates, weakens, or pollutes. This being true, would a purer life make for a better leader?
Since the very definition of “PURE” means to be free from what weakens, then shouldn’t a great leader strive to live a life free of pollutants?
Our thoughts and decisions are crafted from influences that we absorb daily. The substances that we invite into our lives through various means help to craft the very paradigm we live in.
If those influences have a negative impact on our life, then it becomes the cause of weakness in our ability to make wise and sound decisions in leadership. It can be seen many times in history of rising leaders that become distracted by the wrong influences and end up missing their horizon of victory.
As a leader, you and I must always be on guard of the pollutants that surround our life. Understand that everything you invite into your world, either consciously or subconsciously influences your decisions.
What is influencing your Leadership?
I’ve compiled a short list of questions to get you started identifying what may be weakening your leadership ability:
- What is on your radio or iTunes playlist?
- What shows or movies do you watch?
- What books or articles do you read?
- Are your words mostly negative or positive?
- What consumes your thoughts each day?
- Who do you spend time with?
- What places do you visit?
- Who are your mentors?
- What are your actions?
Inventory Your Influences
Take some time to inventory what influences you today. Then focus on living a life bent toward pureness as it will move you away from the pollutants that bring challenge to your leadership.