Drawing on ten years of experience working with more than 10,000 executives from companies around the globe, Nick Craig takes you on a revelatory journey to understand your purpose, find clarity and focus, and lead with inspiration.
When uncovered, purpose becomes our most fundamental guiding principle. Explaining where true purpose lies and demystifying where it doesn't, Craig offers the methods through which anyone can find their purpose. He identifies three pathways that will assess where you are with your purpose and where you should be going.
Illustrated by case studies of leaders from all walks of life and industries, Craig shares their unique stories to show how top leaders are energized by their purpose, finding in it the confidence they need to properly evaluate high-stakes decisions and take the optimal action. The best leaders access their purpose especially when facing the unknown, drawing on the source of it to energize themselves. Purpose also redefines their relationships to stress, allowing them to thrive where others just survived, and to postpone momentary, fleeting rewards in favor of leaving a sustained, meaningful impact.
Accessible, methodical, and eminently practical, Leading from Purpose offers the comprehensive toolbox with which everyonewhether a c-suite executive of behind-the-scenes office workercan live out their purpose and achieve success on their own terms.
If you find yourself in an organization that is struggling to live its purpose, Craig's insights on how to bring your purpose and the organization's purpose into the same room at the same time is game-changing and will redefine your life and career.
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About the Author
Nick Craig is the president and founder of the Authentic Leadership Institute, where he has guided over 5000 executives in the last ten years on the journey to discover and lead with purpose and has worked with organizations including GE, Unilever, Goldman Sachs, and West Point Military Academy.
Table of Contents
Foreword Brene Brown ix
Part I Access
Chapter 1 Why Purpose Matters 3
Chapter 2 What Is Purpose? 16
Chapter 3 Magical Moments in Childhood 34
Chapter 4 Crucible Stories 45
Chapter 5 Finding Purpose Through Passion 58
Part II Finding Your Purpose
So, What Is Your Purpose? 69
Part III Impact
Chapter 6 Impact: Clarity, Focus, and the Confidence to Act 87
Chapter 7 Impact Growth You Can Count On 99
Chapter 8 Impact the Key to Authenticity 114
Chapter 9 Impact Standing On Solid Ground 128
Chapter 10 Impact: The True Source of Energy 146
Chapter 11 Impact: Stress That's Good For You 159
Chapter 12 Impact: Choosing the Hard Right Over the Easy Wrong 179
Chapter 13 Impact: Purpose and Happiness 195
Chapter 14 Impact Saving the World, Saving Yourself 210
Chapter 15 Impact Organizational Purpose-What Really Works? 228
Chapter 16 Mastery in the Room of Purpose 247
Epilogue: Arriving at Your Own Door! 266
About the Author 295