Episode 52

Published on:

25th Jan 2022

Leaders Connected to Personal Purpose

Leaders connected to personal purpose

Without purpose a leader cannot flourish! 

A leader’s purpose is not the same as an organizations mission, vision and values.  Purpose guides life decisions; influences our actions and the direction our life takes. 

3 steps to consider having a purpose statement:

Step One: Identifying what you are curious about. 

Step Two: Determine if you are ready and willing to give the gift you have uncovered away. 

Step Three: Show up with generosity and have fun.

Green flags that show that your life purpose is alive and well:

1.     you are able to connect the meaning of what you do at work and at home

2.    passion is involved

3.    rather than making you more self-serving, your purpose elevates the value that you bring to others

4.    you begin to recognize that it takes something critical for you to deviate from your purpose

5.   your life purpose is your contribution because, at the end of the day, it is what you are sharing with the world. No one can do or be who you are.

The purpose of life is to discover your gift.

The work of life is to develop it.

The meaning of life is to give your gift away.



Bruce Feiler,

Wisdom workers

Healthy Leadership : Bring clarity to your life with your own personal purpose statement.

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About the Podcast

The Art of Leadership
The Art of Leadership focuses on soft skills... some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Dr. Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential!

Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives.

This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Niña at https://www.ninaellison.com

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Niña Ellison

In 2019, after years of leading teams varying from international disaster relief and healthcare to the US Corporate world, Niña founded Healthy Leadership to focus on her passion for partnering with leaders in their growth and sustainability. Her own journey into soft skill development has convinced her that while her technical skills helped her get her foot in the door, her soft skills moved the influence of her leadership from success to significance.

As a soft skill specialist Niña takes monthly deep dives in her podcast series, The Art of Leadership, to explore the underlying dimensions of soft skills. She knows that soft skill development is not so much about WHAT but HOW a leader leads.
• From a 10,000 foot view a leader pursuing soft skills asks, “How do I problem solve; How do I manage time and energy?”
• From a 1,000-foot view that same leader, as they dig deeper into soft skills, begins asking questions like, “How do I listen; or How do gain self-control?”
• From Ground Zero the leader recognizes that there are underlying dimensions of soft skills as they ask, “How do I model respect for all; How do I sustain hope; How do I demonstrate appropriate love in the workplace; How do I maintain the right attitude?” How do I lead by serving?

Nina believes that behind every wildly effective and sustainable system and process are leaders and teams who have interwoven soft skills into every phase of their work.