We are students of leadership and excellence, so what can we learn from a soft-spoken 23 year old kid who won American Idol a few years back? Plenty. I experienced it first hand when I was in the front row for a live concert with Phillip Phillips and his band (the band is key to this conversation). It was November 8th, and they were the headliner act after the Savannah Marathon. Through the close up and personal view of my telephoto lens (check out the photos!) I observed Phillip Phillips demonstrate three very important leadership lessons. Let’s review them together.
One of my favorite songs is called “In the Embers” by Sleeping At Last. The lead vocalist sings in a clear, piercing tone, “May our stories catch fire, and burn bright enough to catch God’s eye.” Wow. What does it take to “catch God’s eye”? What does it feel like? How do we know when we’ve done it? The answers to those questions lie within. We are all capable of recognizing the energy we see in someone’s expression when they speak or behave authentically, tapping their true nature. They glow, they “light up”. They succeed. We know, because deep within, we all have that divine river running through us, and we can recognize it in others. Are you accessing that valuable resource? How are you “becoming fully” to catch God’s eye?