As a leader, we impact our life and many others. The question I have posed above is fundamental to how we shape our brand of leadership. We all choose - whether we realize it or not - how we will lead. In each moment we are making a new choice. Whatever we do, we choose it, and we are therefore responsible for having done it.
It takes effort to act consistently with our chosen way of life - to manifest the leader inside. It takes courage to resist the urge to tone down our boldness or turn up our meekness. We push the mute button for fear of being labeled something. For fear of standing out (or not standing out). For fear of making waves (or not making a ripple). We invite fear into our days to decide for us, but we are still responsible because the fear is a voice within us - it is us.
Action is our engine and the only thing that will enable progress and meaning. Be ready for anything and put in the effort. Answer the question, "How should I lead?" through your actions as this is the only real way to be authentic. If we answer with intentions, we are stalling and in the stalling, we act in bad faith. Out of alignment. Living "in order to" is not how we should live, love, or work.
I explored this idea for several hours this weekend. It was disturbing, helpful, enlightening, and joyful - in that order.