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Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

What x-factor is shared by great leaders and influential role models? Hint - it is not a personality trait. For example, some phenomenal leaders are introverts and others are extraverts. So not personality, but, rather…..It is VIBE. Vibe is attitude and energy.

VIBE when $#!T hits the fan

No matter how well you plan for success unforeseen variables will impact your path to your goals. COVID. ….A traffic jam en route to an important meeting….. The stock market….. Unfathomable executive decisions that you don’t understand but must lead your team to execute.

VIBE is a choice

Even when affronted with unexpected detours and challenges ONE thing remains always within your control. You choose your reaction to the unplanned, unexpected, and perhaps unsavory. We all view the world through filters based on our unique experiences, values, and assumptions. Those filters can either limit what we see (like tunnel vision) or expand it (like a prism), ultimately impacting how we show up. Our propensity to choose positive or negative energy will either boost or inhibit our ability to realize self-potential in all areas of life and career.

VIBE is energy

One tool I use with clients is the Energy Leadership Index™ assessment (ELI). It’s an attitudinal assessment, not a personality-based one, which assigns a numerical value to the types of energy a person experiences and expresses. Here are the basics:

Level 1 Energy: Lost. Stuck. Complacent.

Level 2 Energy: Anger. Combativeness. Adrenaline.

Level 3 Energy: Rationalizing. Coping. Getting through. “It is what it is.”

Level 4 Energy: Care. Compassion. Service to others.

Level 5 Energy: Opportunity. Win-win. Solution-focused.

Level 6 Energy: Intuition. Synergy. Creative genius. Visionary.

Level 7 Energy: Absolute Passion. Non-judgment. Oneness.

VIBE takes practice

We are all in constant flux with some mix of these energies, but our strongest tendencies define us. i3 Coaching clients follow this process:

Step 1: Discern what you can control and what you cannot.

Step 2a: Explore solutions for what you can control.

Step 2b: Activate awareness of your reactions to what you cannot control.

Step 3: With heightened awareness of energetic reaction, shorten the amount of time spent in levels 1 & 2.

Step 4: With intention choose a more positive energy perspective.

VIBE changes challenge to opportunity

Remarkably, this attitudinal approach creates transformative change in a short time. It is exhausting and futile to change who we are (personality) but feasible to change the choices we make (attitude.) Clients who move more quickly to a mix of levels energy 3-7 in the face of adversity own a path forward. When able to add level 5 in the mix, challenge becomes more automatically viewed as opportunity. This makes for great leaders. And, healthier and happier humans.

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