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The Power of Purposeful Leadership

Marilyn Dollar- The Power Of Purposeful Leadership

In the ever-changing landscape of personal and professional development, the concept of defining our life’s purpose has gotten significant attention. Often written as a singular statement, the drive to understand our life’s purpose can be both enlightening and elusive. Yet, it’s essential to recognize that our purpose can manifest differently across various seasons in our lives and evolve. The true essence of purposeful living isn’t just about pinpointing a grand plan but finding meaning and intention in our daily actions. 

As a High-Performance Leadership Coach, in my practice, I emphasize the importance of acknowledging the multifaceted nature of purpose. The quest for a singular life purpose can sometimes overshadow the significance of living each day with intention. However, a well-defined purpose statement can serve as a guiding light, helping us stay aligned with what truly matters.

As a role model, leading with purpose is essential for true success, consider these key elements:

  • Being vs. Doing: Your purpose is a reflection of your actions and your state of being. It’s about embodying qualities that resonate with your core values.
  • Beyond Career Goals: A purpose statement transcends professional achievements and includes personal aspirations plus the impact you wish to have on the world.
  • The ‘So That’ Factor: This involves linking your actions and personal aspirations to making a broader impact, clarifying why you wish to live out your purpose.
Marilyn Dollar- The Power Of Purposeful Leadership

Creating a purpose statement encourages self-reflection and allows us to inspire others. By sharing our purpose, we invite others to consider their own, influencing our community to be purpose-driven, too.


The story of Ava Martin, a CEO in Silicon Valley, is a great example of the transformative power of purposeful leadership. As she began her leadership journey, she recognized the high-performance yet high-stress culture within her company, Ava started on a journey to infuse a sense of purpose into the workplace. By first clarifying her own purpose statement and living it, she inspired her leadership team and employees to do the same.

Ava’s approach involved:

  • Personal Vulnerability: Sharing her own purpose statement and encouraging her leadership team to share theirs, fostering a culture of openness and mutual understanding.
  • Holistic Engagement: Introducing initiatives like “Purpose Fridays,” where employees shared how they lived their purpose in and outside work, highlighting the unique nature of each person’s purpose.

Ava’s leadership transformed the company’s culture and its external reputation, attracting clients and partners who also valued purposeful living. This shift towards a purpose-driven culture resulted in higher employee engagement, a feeling of well-being, and a positive impact on the community.

Ava Martin’s story underscores the essence of leading with purpose. It’s about more than achieving professional success; it’s about inspiring others to find their purpose and create a ripple effect of positive change. By integrating the principles of purposeful living into our leadership styles, we can transform our workplaces and communities, fostering environments where everyone is empowered to live their purpose and make a meaningful difference.

In essence, leading with purpose is not just a strategy for personal or organizational development; it’s a call to action for all of us to live more intentionally, vibrantly, and meaningfully. Whether through defining our purpose statement or embodying the principles of purposeful leadership like Ava, we have the power to inspire change and lead with impact.

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