“I’m a lifelong writer, 11-time author, Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher (ERYT-200, YACEP) and professional story guide who teaches the tools of Self-Knowledge to help people live with purpose and lead by example, every day.”
Modern day thought leaders like Dave Ursillo are the ones who not only “live by example with or without followers”, work hard and succeed but also relish a fulfilled and active life. His words are packed with positivity. The story of the young writing teacher and professional story guide is motivating, indeed.
“Once upon a time, I was a political insider on a fast-tracked career path in the world of public service. I dreamed of becoming a presidential speechwriter while writing policy reports at the White House Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) in 2008 and hustling a state officeholder’s early gubernatorial campaign in Rhode Island in 2009.
But after working in 7 state and federal governmental offices over 8 years, I had fallen completely disillusioned to the world of politics.
Ever since September 11, 2001, when I watched the Twin Towers fall from my high school library’s fuzzy television, all I wanted to do was help a world that so desperately appeared to need it. Channeling a young drive to give, I sought career paths where I might be able to impact peoples’ lives for the better.
In politics, I was told to play the game and wait for my turn — in an increasingly hostile, gridlocked system.
So I quit, intent to live my leadership instead. I chose my love of writing to guide me.”
It tells the story of his suffering and transformation. Those who evolve as true leaders. His view on leadership are thought provoking.
I believe that you are already a leader.
Because not one of us lives in a bubble. Your life already impacts others around you, every single day.
The words, ideas and deeds that we share in our daily lives are the leadership that we sow. That’s how being the healthiest and happiest version of yourself is an act of giving: your wholeness helps support everyone around you.
By cultivating your highest qualities as a human being — and knowing your “shadow” qualities — you become a leader by example, whose everyday influence knows no bounds.
But today, societal measures of “success” like wealth, fame, status and followers have twisted and distorted the true meaning of leadership to revolve around what one has acquired, not what one gives.
This polluted definition of modern leadership — and erosion of genuine leadership across the world — is perpetuating atmospheres of not only partisanship and division, but fear, conflict, and deficit-minded thinking.
Genuine, authentic leadership consists of qualities of the heart and soul, from compassion and empathy to understanding, togetherness and love:
- Leading from the heart, not the wallet, creates an abundant environment for change-making to take root.
Leaders without followers are strong in their malleability, not in rigid ideology.
Leaders without followers embrace openness, intuition, abundance, and pledge themselves toward creating an aspirational, unified vision of the future.