Become the leader of your own life!

by Steven Mundahl on August 29, 2013

Becoming the leader of your own life is important to your leadership journey!

Welcome to my blog… your first step to become a strong and authentic leader. This first blog will serve the purpose of introducing you to my book The Alchemy of Authentic Leadership.

Why another book about leadership? I’ve written this book for two reasons. The first is that hardly a day goes by that we don’t read about another “outed” leader. Men and women we trust to be ethical and moral enough to represent us as leaders fall because they haven’t done the often hard work of self-improvement and therefore fall far short of the definition of an authentic leader.

Without the inner work of healing, leaders fall from grace for many reasons, and no segment of society is spared—politics, religion, sports, acting, business, or education. The second reason is that I have found leadership to be a personal journey. While the demands and responsibilities of leadership are somewhat universal, we all come from positions of authority with different unhealed aspects of our personalities.

Our dramas play out in myriad ways, and while my leadership journey is far from complete, I wish to share some of that inner work with you, trusting that it might trigger or mirror what remains unhealed in your personality. If power does one thing to leaders, it heightens our insecurities and accentuates our personal unhealed wounds.

So, why do leaders and public figures risk it all to cheat in the first place? Petraeus, Schwartzenegger, Weiner, Woods—the list is long, and the embarrassing falls are many. What do their falls mean to you as a leader and why is it so important to “come clean” and heal internal issues before you step into your role of power? The Alchemy of Authentic Leadership, examines why anyone may be setting ourselves up for the same “outing.”

This short but powerful book examines the “BeOUTEDtudes,” the leadership fault lines that set up these steep falls. The spotlight is on the leader’s self-awareness, becoming the leader of your own life first. In a self-disclosing and humorous fashion Mundahl shares his own insights as he takes you on a journey through the major areas of your life for evaluation.

Psychotherapist and professional coach Sharon Massoth provides an overview of useful approaches that can transform the shadow self instead of landing leaders on the front page. Subsequent chapters show how transformed leaders possess the alchemical ability to orchestrate the same transformation in the workplace for greater productivity, positive morale, and enhanced creativity. The book is anchored in the final chapter with Seven Tenets of Authentic Leadership, powerful beliefs that can aid every reader on their own path of authentic leadership.

This weekly blog can be your guide to taking charge of your own life, healing long-held negative beliefs about ourselves and leading change within your own company and employees. Check in every week for new leadership tips, healing methods and great stories to help you on your leadership path.

Steven Mundahl

CEO at Goodwill Industies in Western MA
Steven Mundahl is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries in western Massachusetts. He teaches leadership and personal effectiveness in the graduate school of Baypath College.
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