What makes someone a great leader?
A good leader has respect for everyone they come into contact with regardless of affiliation or belief system. They must have strong convictions and values for which they stand strong.
I learned from my mother, and believe, that in order to keep power, one has to share power, while standing in alignment with one's truth and values. A leader also has a natural knack for nurturing and shares her insights with the people who need them.
Leaders come in times of need. It just happens, you just find yourself in a place of needing to be present with what the people need. Leaders arise when there is a need for people to start moving in a direction that optimizes the greater good.
Do you consider yourself a leader? Why or why not?
I am definitely leader. I’m a very small person, but I have a very big and bright personality. I’m naturally charismatic and that lends well to leadership. Since I can remember, when I speak people listen.
I’m a leader because I came here to be, I’ve always been, and what I have to offer today is very much needed in society.
I’m a holistic healthcare practitioner and I see that people are struggling with ailments and sickness right now. There is a great need for people like me to reignite the power within so people feel empowered to heal themselves. We as a people must learn to heal ourselves through the power of intention and natural medicine, including real food, and connection to our primal pasts, dance, song, storytelling and touch.
Tell me about a time when you took the lead. What was your motivation?
I was asked to attend a home birth after a woman had been in labor for 3 days. I was called in to do acupuncture so that she could relax and dilate fully. It didn’t appear to work. We were there trying to get her to move, she was exhausted and others in the room didn’t know how to respond.
As I was leaving my house that day I had intuitively grabbed a rattle as I was on my way out. When none of the attending knew what else to do for her, I intuitively followed my instincts, pulling from my indigenous cultural background and started singing to her using the rattle as musical instrument.
This ignited in her the ceremony that birth always was through the ages, before industrialized medicine took the mother's agency and natural instincts away, in lieu of mechanistic approaches to laboring . These medicine songs created a sacred and vibrant container which reminded her soul to open. Very soon after she birthed her baby.
Because of my ability to trust my intuition I was able to help someone during labor. Being a part of someone’s life in that way is so rewarding and gives me even more confidence that coming from a place of inner knowing is the key to true leadership in the world.
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