In my most recent post, Perfectly Paired – Leadership for our times!, I wrote about the book Perfectly Paired and attributes of soulful leadership.

Since I work with soulful leadership, I was inspired to search for the terms “soulful leader” and “soulful leadership” to see how often they show up in the ‘internet stratosphere’.

At the time of writing, there are 8,800 results for “soulful leader” and 11,100 results for “soulful leadership”. On the other hand, the search term “soulful” returned 44,400,000 results. One might conclude that soulful leadership and being a soulful leader aren’t talked about much.

My previous post took stock of the following ingredients for soulful leadership:

  • Respect
  • Generosity
  • Honesty
  • Authenticity
  • Courage
  • Vulnerability

This post introduces 6 habits of soulful leaders to go with these ingredients. Habits that will support you in becoming a soulful leader and help you to remain one.

What I like about these habits, and what I find encouraging, is that they invite us to show up more powerfully.

Each habit is strong on its own, and when we combine all 6 habits of soulful leaders into a cycle in which #6 connects back to #1, we see their full power.

  1. Trusting your inner compass
  2. Embracing the whole truth
  3. Letting go of prescribed outcomes
  4. Empowering those who are ready
  5. Reverence for each person’s uniqueness
  6. Showing the way

These habits open the door to a different experience. A different way of operating.

They take you into the realm of ‘potential’ and ‘possibility’.

Developing these habits, you show up with a different level of self-knowledge, self-guidance, and self-leadership. Qualities that connect with your purpose, values, and motivation, and the impact you want to have in the world through your leadership.

What does soulful leadership look like for you?

Let me know in the comments.

If you’re interested in diving a bit deeper into soulful leadership, send me a message.


Who is Maria?
Maria helps focused and driven individuals in business to find values-based clarity, connection, and confidence that frees them up to live their life in ways that has heart and meaning for them and helps them show up as the leader they want to be at work and in life.