Posts by: Richard Leider

Is This All There Is?

On January 22, 2019 By

A subtle killer stalks us at various times in life. It creeps up on us and overtakes us, exhausting and draining our energy. This creeping force is more prevalent than burnout. Yet, few of us can name it.

It’s “rustout.” And, today, rustout is rampant. Effectively, rustout is the opposite of burnout. But, many of […]

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Research increasingly suggests purpose in life is one of the core components of well-being.

Unlocking and pursuing a sense of purpose in life can have powerful beneficial effects on both our brain and our body.

Purpose is defined as “having a clear reason to get up in the morning” and deriving meaning from daily experiences.


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Re-Think Your Legacy

On September 21, 2018 By

Everyone has a reason for living. Finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Some people have found their purpose early, while others are still looking, though they carry it within them.

Having a clear sense of purpose – the place where gifts, passions, and values intersect – means that each day […]

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“What you are speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you say.”   – African proverb

Becoming a mentor is not for everyone.  It takes an investment of time, a commitment to help others, and a gift.  This is key, so I repeat it – a gift.  Mentors inspire us by being who they are.  As […]

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10 Ways to Renew Yourself

On November 30, 2017 By

Leadership is an endless unfolding and, if we choose it to be, an endless process of self-discovery and self-renewal.

Self-renewal is the choice, curiosity, and courage we bring to ensuring that our life is moving forward, with every age and life phase bringing us closer to becoming our authentic selves in the world. Becoming a […]

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Becoming A Purposeful Leader

On September 19, 2017 By

The Concept
“Self-awareness” – having a developed sense of who you are, what you stand for, who you stand with – is long acknowledged as contributing to individual effectiveness.  Self-awareness impacts all aspects of our lives – health, career, relationships, and longevity.

Self-awareness also contributes to effective leadership and correlates with organizational performance.

Despite its close association with “high performance” […]

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Watch Richard’s presentation at the TEDx Allianz June event in Minneapolis.


By Richard Leider

Sponsored by Willow Valley Communities

Richard Leider is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, executive coach, and a 1 million-mile “frequent traveler.” He has been leading Inventure Expeditions – walking safaris – in Tanzania for thirty years. Richard is […]

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A sense of life purpose promotes physical, mental, and spiritual health.

People who seek meaning beyond themselves are healthier, happier, and live longer.

It’s vital to our well-being that we maintain strong feelings of purpose and community.

For some people, life purpose is a spiritual concept, or has a religious dimension. For others, it’s a […]

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U.S. journalist and women’s rights advocate Margaret Fuller once said that “a house is no home unless it includes food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” In some ways, the quote is even more poignant today than when it was written […]

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What are we to do to survive and thrive in this volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous environment? (VUCA) The mere fact that we have to ask that question is unsettling.  Many of us did not anticipate that we’d be living in that question, daily, at this point in our lives.

We prepared hard for a future […]

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