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Kristoffer Carter

A Spiritual Guide to Epic Leadership

4.3 (261 ratings)
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Permission to Glow by Kristoffer Carter is a guidebook for people who want to live more authentically. It offers practical advice on how to find your voice and live your truth, while encouraging you to let go of limitations and embrace your inner glow.

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    To grow as a leader, focus on your inner expansion.

    Imagine you lead a team that delivers a wildly popular service. You know that as demand for your service increases, you’ll need to grow your team. So, you hire more team members and expand your office space, to support your business development.

    This seems obvious: when demands on a business increase, you expand it to meet those demands. But what do you do when there’s a rising demand for leaders, too? After all, you can’t clone yourself. What you can do is expand your inner resources – the valuable qualities that allow you to foster the development of others.

    The key message here is: To grow as a leader, focus on your inner expansion.

    True leaders know it’s their job to help others reach their full potential. Every individual stands on a metaphorical cliff that represents what is. On the other side of a chasm is another cliff that symbolizes what could be. It’s not a leader’s place to tell his team members how to navigate that chasm to reach the other side. His role is to support each team member in finding her unique way across, to the place where she can flourish.

    But to perform this crucial role, you need to know how to negotiate your own chasm, so you can tap into your potential and fully embrace your power. And this is no easy task. Every day, you’re negotiating the competing demands of your role: moving projects forward, hitting targets, tending to your team. It’s easy to lose sight of what’s important with so much going on.

    If you want to become the best possible leader – one whose team thrives as much as you do – you need a set of tools to hone your awareness, so you can act with intention. What the author calls the four permissions are these tools and so much more. You’ll learn about each of these permissions in the blinks ahead, so you can integrate them into your life and enjoy their ongoing benefits.

    You don’t need to be managing a team to take advantage of the permissions. In fact, you don’t even need to be a leader in the business world. Anyone who nurtures another person is a leader – whether that person is your child, colleague, lover, or neighbor. Learning to use these four permissions will help anyone who wants to live their best life.

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    What is Permission to Glow about?

    Permission to Glow (2021) provides managers with a roadmap to lead with intention and purpose so that everyone can reach their full potential. By embracing its four permissions, it shows how leaders can maximize outcomes and personal successes by first tapping into their own power and then guiding others to do the same.

    Permission to Glow Review

    Permission to Glow (2022) by Kristoffer Carter is a thought-provoking book that encourages readers to embrace their true selves and live life to the fullest. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • It offers eye-opening insights into the importance of self-acceptance and self-expression, empowering individuals to shine their brightest.
    • Through compelling anecdotes and practical exercises, the book provides actionable steps for unleashing one's inner light and finding fulfillment in life.
    • The author's authentic and relatable approach creates a sense of connection and resonance, making the book both engaging and inspiring.

    Who should read Permission to Glow?

    • Leaders looking for meaning and fulfillment
    • Managers wanting to champion the potential of others
    • Seekers of inner peace

    About the Author

    Kristoffer Carter is an executive coach and meditation leader who works at the intersection of business and consciousness. His podcast, This Epic Life, has thousands of listeners who use it to practice meditation each day. A renowned international speaker, Carter has appeared onstage at Wisdom 2.0 and TEDx as well as on the morning news programs of CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC.

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    The main message of Permission to Glow is to prioritize self-care and personal growth to live a fulfilling life.

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    Permission to Glow is a valuable read. It offers insights on self-care, personal growth, and living a fulfilling life.

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