The Single Most Important Element Of Leadership

The most important element of leadership is the congruency between someone’s goals or intentions and his or her highest values and priorities.

Congruence is the hallmark of great leadership

When goals and values are aligned the greatest creativity and productivity emerges.

Authentic original ideas and companies are born out of such congruency. These visionaries are unstoppable.

You are inspired from within to fulfill your mission when your vocation and your vacation match.

Leaders do not subordinate to the opinions of the outer world. They stay true to what inspires them from within and so transform their outer world.

Here are some other facts about leaders.


  • Do what they love. They love the business game and the deal of serving ever-greater numbers of people and making ever-greater numbers of rewards.
  • Are inspired by something they want to share with the world that is unique. It is in the area of their highest value.  They envision its success, they act upon it and they inspire others to participate in its creation.
  • Understand they will be equally praised and criticized. The amount of both praise and reprimand they can endure will determine the level of leadership they will attain.
  • Love to continuously raise the bar.
  • Know they must seek inspiring challenges to grow.  So when they don’t see an immediate problem to work on, they are wise enough to look for one so they can grow.
  • Have followers that trust them and the direction they take them into.
  • Adapt to stress.
  • Don’t fear losses, but turn their so-called losses into their advantages.
  • Embrace paradoxes, they see both sides equally and constantly balance their perceptions.  They do not see things as black or white, they understand the synthesis of both sides.
  • Know that temporary motivation is not the long-term solution and that the level of inspiration is the thermometer of a company’s health.
  • Value money to make a profit. That means saving a portion of the money that is made instead of spending it all on ever increasing expenses.
  • Understand that employees are not loyal to their company; they are only loyal to their own individual values and getting their values met.
  • Know they will never grow beyond their vision.  So if they want to have a national company – they will need to have an international vision.
  • Are wise to know that if they either infatuate with or resentment their employees, the employees will run them – instead of them running their employees.
  • Have the ability to balance and master their emotions because they know that emotions are nothing more than lopsided perceptions.
  • Are certain of whoever has the most certainty rules the game.

“Every individual has leadership qualities inside them, but the challenge is to discover in which areas they reside.”

Tips for moving into your own leadership:

Look at all seven areas of life: Mental, physical, spiritual, family, vocation, finance and social.

Find the most powerful people existing in each of these areas. Now, study their biographies. Make a note of the traits you most admire in them. Then find areas in your own life where you own those same traits. It is one of the most powerful exercises you can do. Nothing is ultimately missing in you.

No matter what level you’re playing at right now, know that you have leadership!

If you’d love to learn more about leadership consider Dr Demartini’s brilliant CD: Demartini on Leadership.

Demartini on Leadership
Demartini on Leadership

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Dr John Demartini, Founder of the Demartini Institute, International bestselling author, educator and consultant

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