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In Pursuit of Holiness and Wholeness in Life and Leadership

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I know. You don't see a blog title like this every day on leadership blogs, but that's precisely why I had to write about this important dichotomy in life and leadership. In an era where leadership is often measured by tangible success and influence, there’s a deeper, more profound aspect that’s frequently overlooked – the spiritual and holistic dimensions of leading. In this blog, we will explore the importance of being both holy and holistic in leadership. We will delve into how aligning with our divine purpose and being great stewards of the life and calling God has gifted us with can lead to a more impactful and fulfilling leadership experience.

The Convergence of Holiness and Wholeness

The concept of holiness in leadership is rooted in living a life that is dedicated to higher, spiritual purposes. It’s about embodying integrity, moral values, and a deep connection with the spiritual aspects of life, ultimately setting you apart as the salt and light of your organization. This isn't confined to personal realms; it extends into how you lead, make decisions, and influence others. Holiness in leadership is a commitment to align every action and decision with spiritual principles and God’s guidance.

Meanwhile, holistic leadership emphasizes the importance of overall wellness. It recognizes that effective leadership is the result of a well-balanced life and the ability to perform at your best. This means not only thriving professionally but also paying attention to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health to name a few. A holistic leader understands that each of these aspects plays a crucial role in how they lead and interact with others.

Aligning with Divine Purpose

Aligning with one's divine purpose is at the heart of holy and holistic leadership. This alignment is about understanding and embracing God's plan for our lives and translating that understanding into our roles as leaders. It’s about seeing leadership not just as a position or a set of responsibilities, but as a calling and an opportunity to serve and impact lives in alignment with divine will.

Therefore, this journey requires constant reflection, prayer, and an openness to God’s guidance. It’s about regularly asking oneself whether their actions reflect their faith and whether their leadership style contributes positively to the lives of those they lead. Alignment with divine purpose ensures that leadership is not just effective but also meaningful and fulfilling.

Stewardship of Life and Calling

As leaders, being stewards of our life and calling is a profound responsibility. Stewardship in this context means more than just managing; it's about nurturing, growing, and using the gifts and opportunities we've been given in a way that honors God and serves others. It involves leading with compassion, integrity, and a sense of responsibility towards the greater good.

In this role, leaders are called to be blessings to others. This goes beyond the confines of traditional leadership roles. It means creating environments that foster respect, growth, and well-being, whether in the office, community, or within personal relationships. True stewardship is characterized by selfless service, empathy, and a commitment to positive change.

Prioritizing Wellness Across the 12 Dimensions

To fully embrace holistic leadership, prioritizing wellness across these 12 dimensions is crucial:

  1. Physical: Regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and sufficient rest are foundational for physical health.

  2. Mental: A healthy mindset, along with mental challenges and stimulation, keeps the mind sharp and resilient.

  3. Social: Strong, supportive relationships are key to a fulfilling social life.

  4. Emotional: Effective management and expression of emotions lead to emotional maturity and stability.

  5. Spiritual: A deep, personal connection with one’s faith provides spiritual nourishment and guidance.

  6. Intellectual: Continuous learning and intellectual engagement foster growth and adaptability.

  7. Financial: Ethical and responsible financial management reflects integrity and foresight.

  8. Occupational: Fulfillment in one’s career contributes to overall satisfaction and achievement.

  9. Environmental: A focus on safety and sustainable living respects and preserves our surroundings.

  10. Cultural: Understanding and appreciating diverse cultures enriches interactions and perspectives.

  11. Creative: Pursuing creative activities provides an outlet for self-expression and innovation.

  12. Aesthetic: Personal presentation and appeal reflect self-respect and professionalism.

My Pursuit of Holiness and Wholeness in Life and Leadership

Starting Lead My Heart (LMH) has been the most challenging endeavor I've ever undertaken. As I embarked on this journey, I quickly realized that while building the business infrastructure was crucial, cultivating my spiritual infrastructure was equally vital. The discipline and focus required for this spiritual development became apparent as I faced the myriad challenges of entrepreneurship. This journey wasn't just about the mechanics of running a business; it was about building resilience and fortitude from within.

As I delved deeper, the importance of personal wellness became evident. My physical health, encompassing exercise and diet, was not just a personal priority but a professional necessity. It became clear that as a leader, setting an example for my clients was non-negotiable. I found myself coaching not just my clients, but myself, navigating the complex terrains of leadership and personal growth.

The pivotal moment came when I realized the need to slow down and rest in God's presence. It was in these moments of quiet reflection that I understood the importance of understanding my unique charge. This was not about mirroring someone else's journey but about forging my own path, guided by divine wisdom. Inviting God into every aspect of this journey has been a continuous process, a constant seeking of alignment with a higher purpose.

On many days, the path ahead seems shrouded in uncertainty, but amidst all the ambiguity, my pursuit of holiness and wholeness remains focus. It is this relentless pursuit that lights my way, giving me clarity and direction even when the roadmap is unclear. In embracing both the challenges and the triumphs, I am constantly reminded that this journey is about more than just building a successful business; it's about cultivating a life and a legacy that glorifies God. At the end of the day and when it's all said and done, I just want to be transformed by the message I preach.

As you embark on your leadership journey this year, consider the "12D Wellness & Vision Workbook 2024" as a resource to help you navigate these dimensions. This workbook is designed to guide you in aligning with your divine purpose, ensuring that you are a steward of the gifts God has given you, and ultimately being a blessing to His people. Remember, as Jeremiah 3:15 reminds us, God cares about your leadership and has plans for leaders who seek His heart. Embrace this holistic approach to lead a life that is not only successful in worldly terms but also rich in spiritual fulfillment and impact.

book cover of 12D Wellness & Vision Workbook 2024


Dr. Wanita Mercer, Ph.D. is the founder and CEO of Lead My Heart, an executive coaching and consulting company specializing in equipping executives and executive teams to live and lead with purpose, passion, and power. She has a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in organizational leadership, and she is certified in life coaching, executive coaching, change management, project management, executive management, corporate crisis management, and mental health ministry. She has over 15 years of experience as an international educator in the USA and China, motivational speaker, author, and civic leader. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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02 feb

That’s Good !!! Glory to God!! This is definitely necessary especially for such time as this.

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23 feb
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Agreed! Thank you.

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