Spirituality

Fulfillment comes when your spirit is satisfied.

What is spirituality?

Every human being has a spirit. The spirit is the life-affirming force inside of us that is made in the image and likeness of God, our Creator. Spirituality is the practice of engaging, seeking, and connecting our spirit to everything around us and to something greater than ourselves. As such, we intentionally engage the spirit with one's environment through presence and mindfulness and constantly seek ways to nurture and satisfy our spirit's desire for purpose and partnership through work, relationships, and experiences.

What is spiritual leadership?

Spiritual leadership is the practice of intrinsically motivating and inspiring others in a vision of service to foster efficacy, commitment, productivity, and overall spiritual well-being via purpose and partnership (the primary needs of individuals). Spiritual leaders acknowledge that all human beings are spirit (hearts) and thereby consider themselves leaders of spirits (hearts) rather than leaders of employees or stakeholders. The primary values of spiritual leadership are spirituality (inner life), faith/hope, vision, and  altruistic love

What is workplace spirituality?

Workplace spirituality is not about practicing or converting to an organized religion, or about enforcing a specific belief system in organizations. Spirituality at work is about leaders and followers understanding themselves as spiritual beings who have a sense of mission and membership within the organization that provides meaning for their lives. It is also about membership where people experience a sense of belonging (not fitting in per se) and connectedness to one another and their workplace community. The foundation of workplace spirituality begins with acknowledging that people have both an inner and an outer life. By nourishing the inner life (one's spirit or heart) can produce a more fulfilling outer life that can have beneficial outcomes for overall employee well-being (people), corporate responsibility and sustainability (planet), and financial (profit).

What is spiritual change readiness?

In Dr. Mercer's 2016 correlational study regarding the relationship between workplace spirituality (spirit at work) and attitudes towards organizational change, engaging work and sense of community were strongly and positively correlated with accepting attitudes and negatively correlated with fearful and cynical attitudes towards organizational change. Dr. Mercer named this phenomenon "spiritual change readiness" and it is another meaningful benefit to spirituality in the workplace.

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What is the difference between spirituality and religion?

All religious people are spiritual, but not all spiritual people are religious. While there are some similarities between the two, there are several distinctions that make spirituality suitable for any workplace. Religion is a lens whereby people determine what is moral, right, and true, and to understand what rites and rituals they should follow according to a system of shared beliefs of a group of people. On the other hand, spirituality is an inner journey to finding personal meaning, connectedness, and fulfillment in life. Both religion and spirituality help people to grasp a deeper sense of self and to connect with something bigger than themselves.

What is heartpreneurship?

There are three perspectives of spiritual leadership: leadership, followership, and heartpreneurship (AKA personal spiritual leadership). Heartpreneurship is the term we use at Lead My Heart to describe the practice of leading our own hearts (spirits) effectively, that is characterized by self-love, self-accountability, self-efficacy, commitment, excellence, forgiveness, and gratitude.

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Watch Episode 1 of "The Journey of Spiritual Leadership" series to learn more about spirituality and its implications for leadership.