We’ve all heard this famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi and may even own a mug, poster, or journal that proclaims his powerful words.

But what does it really mean to BE the change?

Just like Gandhi’s words inspire, you first must know who you are (the “be”) to know what actions to take toward positive change (the “do”). It’s easy and often tempting to jump past the being exploration straight into the doingaction without examining what strengths, values, and skills you can share. Your passion and excitement for positive change can spark an enormous amount of activation energy that, when left unchecked, may lead you astray. Instead, use these three steps to lead change intentionally.

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STEP ONE: Start by grounding yourself in the purpose that drives your passion.

Your values express what matters to you most — your priorities, truths, and beliefs point to your overall purpose. When attended to and activated consistently, these values ground and guide your life so you feel more fulfilled and energized.

When ignored, they cause emotional friction and tension. Throughout the summer, we’ve explored and defined our core values and seen how leading from a place of purpose inspires a more authentic and intentional life.

Take a moment now to identify which values are directing your actions.

  • Which of your core values are most present for you now?
  • Are any of your values misaligned or being ignored?
  • What do you need to do to realign with your values to lead more authentically?

STEP TWO: Next, clearly define your vision for change.

Vision is central to leading change in congruence with your core values. Without vision, change can feel bumpy and even cause you to get stuck in circumstances that you might otherwise navigate successfully.

Leading with a well-defined vision is like riding a bike down a newly paved path where you can move ahead smoothly, while noticing all the new opportunities along the way. When you hit a bump or fall off your bike, your vision still provides a strong foundation under you as you rise again and keep riding.

  • What change are you craving to activate?
  • What about the current circumstances isn’t working?
  • If you could wake up tomorrow and the situation has improved, what would it look and feel like?

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STEP THREE: Now, align your resources with your vision.

When we feel called to lead change, our initial passion and excitement around all the possibilities needs to work collaboratively with the external resources that are available and accessible.

Chances are, you’re not the only one that wants to see this kind of change happen. The most sustainable change happens when you enlist like-minded people to help you activate in your bigger vision. Start by identifying what resources are already present in your life.

  • What skills, talents, and strengths can you use to bring your vision to life?
  • Who else is invested in leading change with you?
  • What external resources (finances, supplies, relationships, etc) do you have to help make this happen?

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As you work to activate your vision, these three areas will help define a process for leading change, going beyond just being the change. First, we must be a person grounded in our core values so we can then lead the change that our vision illuminates.

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Be the Revolution,

Leslie Bosserman, M.Ed., CPCC

Executive Coach + Lifestyle Strategist for Millennial Leaders + Managers

More About Leslie

Leslie M. Bosserman, M.Ed., CPCC, is an Executive Coach + Lifestyle Strategist designing customized leadership solutions for Millennial Leaders and their Managers. With a background in strengths-based leadership development and applied positive psychology, she runs a multi-disciplinary practice called Lead With Intention where she coaches, trains, and consults with clients around the world.

Leslie works with a variety of clients ranging from top executives at worldwide corporations to creative entrepreneurs and non-profit teams. She is an avid artist who also enjoys traveling, karaoke, cooking ethnic food, writing in local coffee shops, and practicing yoga.

Leslie lives in Northern California and travels internationally for coaching, organizational trainings, and retreat facilitation. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Medium or send her an email at [email protected] to learn how to partner together.

Originally published at leadwithintention.com on September 1, 2017


  • Leslie M. Bosserman

    Founder and Executive Coach

    Lead With Intention®

    Leslie M. Bosserman, M.Ed., CPCC is an Executive Coach and Lifestyle Strategist for innovators and creative professionals leading dynamic and diverse teams. As a creative thought leader, Leslie has spoken at TEDxEustis and is currently writing a book on a decade of research around the science of Emotional Endurance. After working for a decade in higher education and student development, Leslie launched Lead With Intention® – a boutique coaching and consulting practice that specializes in leadership coaching, customized training, and organizational strategy for clients and their teams around the world. She collaborates with a range of creative professionals from entrepreneurs launching their startups to executive leaders at Fortune 500 Companies. Leslie is committed to enhancing her local community and co-created and launched The Makers Place™ with her husband. As the regions first coworking space with onsite childcare, this innovative multi-use space supports parents who need a professional workspace along with flexible childcare options. She also currently works as the Director and Site Supervisor of Mini Makers™ Preschool. Leslie has also served locally on the leadership team for TEDxSacramento as the Event Coordinator and volunteered as a coach for emerging female leaders through The Women's Impact Alliance (formerly The Coaching Fellowship). As a two-time UCLA alumna, Leslie graduated with her Bachelor’s in Mass Communications (B.A.) and a Master's of Education (M.Ed.). She is also trained as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through The Co-Active Training Institute, international leaders in Coach Training and Leadership Development. Before becoming a Professional Coach, Leslie worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she taught leadership and diversity classes as well as ran a campus-wide Leadership Certificate Program for over 500 students, faculty, and staff members. She also has worked professionally in residential life and academic research at UCLA and in Public Affairs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under the U.S. Department of Energy. Leslie loves to travel and explore new places and has visited over 30 countries, including living abroad in the Middle East for a year where she volunteered at local schools in Amman, Jordan with her husband. She is an avid artist and creative who also enjoys karaoke, cooking ethnic food, supporting local coffee shops, and practicing yoga. Leslie is a novice pickleball player and an expert bargain shopper! She lives in Northern California with her husband and three young children, and travels internationally for coaching, organizational trainings, and retreat facilitation.