October 2, 2018
“The impact leaders can have when they believe in others, when they see people for who they are and for what is in their hearts, and when they help every person strive to become something even greater than what they already are.” – Tommy Spaulding
A recent reading from Tommy Spaulding’s “The Heart Led Leader” explains how leading from one’s heart can positively impact change in organizations and life. The book describes the eighteen-inch journey from a person’s mind to their heart with each inch symbolizing a trait such as: encouragement, vulnerability, generosity, transparency and many more. Each inch is accompanied by a personal anecdote relating to the trait and how other leaders across the globe incorporated the style into their life. Heart Led Leadership greatly focuses on looking at the “who” of the person rather than the “what” as well as making others feel valued, appreciated, and welcomed. These leaders ensure that employees have a sense of purpose and show them that what they are working for is something greater than the individual roles.
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When adjusting to a new advising role, I noticed the impact that Heart Led Leadership could have on the students I advise. In relation Student Affairs, all of the eighteen traits could be translated into our profession, but humility, selfishness, authenticity and faithfulness are a few of the traits that stood out to me the most.
These four traits are ones I strive to show every day. The ability to give love to my job and connect with the people I work with creates a sense of family for me, which helps drive a successful environment. If I focus on putting the who first with those around me, I will achieve more and realize the small things in life really do matter especially when trying to help foster development in the students I advise.
“Being a Who Leader isn’t just about putting your heart, emotions, hopes, and dreams at the center of your own life. It’s also about finding the who and the heart in others.” – Tommy Spaulding
Patrick Bussiere (he/him/his) works in the Office of Student Life as the Student Senate Graduate Advisor at the University Northern Colorado located in Greeley, Colorado. He spends his time finding new foods, exploring Colorado, and watching cooking shows.
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