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The Benefits of Being a Purpose-Driven Leader




The concept of having a sense of purpose in life is one that has been discussed and studied extensively, and for good reason. Research has shown that having a sense of purpose is associated with a range of positive outcomes that nearly all individuals desire, regardless of their background and beliefs. In this article, we will explore the many benefits of having a sense of purpose and the importance of living out your purpose and being a purpose-driven leader.


Better Mental Health

One of the key findings from research on purpose is that it is associated with better mental health. Hill and colleagues (2016) found that individuals who have a sense of purpose tend to have lower rates of depression and anxiety. In addition, having a purpose in life has been shown to improve emotional resilience, helping people to bounce back from stressful events (Hill and Turiano, 2014). This is perhaps because having a sense of purpose provides people with a sense of meaning and direction in their lives, which can help to mitigate feelings of hopelessness and despair.


Better Physical Health

In addition to mental health, having a sense of purpose is also associated with better physical health and increased longevity. Boyle and colleagues (2009) found that older adults who reported having a sense of purpose in life had a lower risk of mortality over a five-year period. This may be because having a purpose in life motivates people to take care of their bodies, leading them to make healthier choices around diet and exercise.


Greater Productivity

Moreover, having a sense of purpose is associated with greater productivity in the workplace. Arnold and colleagues (2007) found that employees who reported having meaningful work were more engaged and satisfied with their jobs, and were also more productive. This may be because having a sense of purpose in one's work provides a sense of direction and motivation, leading people to work harder and with more focus.


Increased Life Satisfaction

In addition to these benefits, having a sense of purpose in life has been shown to increase life satisfaction and social connectedness. Hill and colleagues (2016) found that people who have a sense of purpose tend to report greater life satisfaction, perhaps because having a sense of purpose gives people a sense of direction and meaning in their lives. In addition, having a sense of purpose has been shown to be positively related to social connectedness and feelings of belonging (Hill et al., 2016). This is likely because having a sense of purpose gives people a sense of identity and direction, which can help to facilitate social connections.


Ten More Benefits


Having a sense of purpose in life and leadership can have profound positive effects on individuals and the people they lead. Here are some of the key benefits:

  1. Fulfillment of Divine Purpose: When individuals have a clear sense of divine purpose, they are more motivated and driven to achieve their goals, especially in the face of obstacles. Purpose provides a deep-rooted reason for their actions, making them more persistent and resilient in the face of challenges.

  2. Focus and Direction: A sense of purpose gives clarity and direction to one's actions and decisions. It helps individuals prioritize their efforts and allocate resources effectively to pursue meaningful objectives.

  3. Inspiration and Vision: Leaders with a strong sense of purpose can inspire and mobilize others. A clear and compelling purpose can create a shared vision that motivates and unites teams toward a common goal.

  4. Resilience and Adaptability: When facing setbacks or difficult times, a sense of purpose can act as a source of strength and resilience. It provides individuals and leaders with the determination to push through adversity and adapt to changing circumstances.

  5. Improved Decision-making: Purpose-driven individuals and leaders can make better decisions because they can align choices with their values and long-term objectives. This reduces decision fatigue and ensures that actions are in line with overarching goals.

  6. Enhanced Well-being: Having a sense of purpose is linked to greater overall well-being and life satisfaction. It can bring a sense of fulfillment and contentment, leading to improved mental and emotional health.

  7. Positive Organizational Culture: In leadership, a purpose-driven leader can foster a positive organizational culture. Employees feel more engaged, committed, and connected to the organization's mission, resulting in higher productivity and reduced turnover.

  8. Empowerment and Meaningful Work: A sense of purpose can empower individuals and teams by giving them a deeper understanding of how their contributions make a difference. This can transform routine tasks into meaningful work and increase job satisfaction.

  9. Long-term Success: Purpose-driven leaders are often focused on sustainable growth and long-term success rather than short-term gains. This approach can lead to better decision-making and more responsible leadership.

  10. Positive Impact on Society: Purpose-driven leaders are often committed to making a positive impact on their communities and society at large. They seek to contribute beyond their own interests, creating a sense of shared responsibility for the greater good.


Having a sense of purpose in life and leadership can bring numerous benefits, including increased motivation, focus, resilience, and overall well-being. It not only positively influences individuals but also impacts the people they lead and the organizations they are a part of, fostering a culture of growth and positive change. By aligning one's life with their purpose, individuals can experience greater fulfillment and contribute to the betterment of their own lives and the world around them.


Identifying one's purpose can be challenging, but it is an important first step. Some people may have a clear sense of purpose from a young age, while others may need to engage in self-reflection and exploration to identify what is truly meaningful to them. Regardless of how one identifies their purpose, living it out requires action and dedication. This may involve making changes to one's career, personal life, or community involvement to align with one's purpose.



Need help identifying your purpose or aligning your life with your purpose for true fulfillment? Book a FREE partnership call and get started with LMH's executive coaching today!



 

References:

Arnold, K. A., Turner, N., Barling, J., Kelloway, E. K., & McKee, M. C. (2007). Transformational leadership and psychological well-being: The mediating role of meaningful work. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 12(3), 193–203.

Boyle, P. A., Barnes, L. L., Buchman, A. S., & Bennett, D. A. (2009). Purpose in life is associated with mortality among community-dwelling older persons. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71(5), 574–579.

Hill, P. L., & Turiano, N. A. (2014). Purpose in life as a predictor of mortality across adulthood. Psychological Science, 25(7), 1482–1486.

Hill, P. L., Turiano, N. A., Mroczek, D. K., & Burrow, A. L. (2016). The value of a purposeful life: Sense of purpose predicts greater income and net worth. Journal of Research in Personality, 65, 38–42.


 

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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