For the 4th of July , we can draw inspiration for personal leadership from the values of vision, courage, ethical responsibility, and collaboration celebrated on US Independence Day.

Vision and Aspirations:
– 4th of July: The Declaration of Independence articulated a visionary future for a new nation based on liberty, justice, and equality.
– Personal Leadership: Involves having a clear vision for oneself, setting long-term goals, and aspiring to achieve them. Personal leaders are guided by a strong sense of purpose and direction, much like the Founding Fathers who envisioned a free and prosperous nation.

Courage and Resilience:
– 4th of July: The American Revolution required immense courage and resilience from those who fought for independence.
– Personal Leadership: Demands the courage to face challenges, take risks, and make difficult decisions. Personal leaders must be resilient in the face of adversity, persistently striving towards their goals despite obstacles.

Responsible and Ethical Action:
– 4th of July: Highlights the ethical foundations upon which the new nation was built, focusing on principles of justice and equality.
– Personal Leadership: Involves acting with integrity and responsibility. Personal leaders adhere to ethical standards, make decisions that are not only beneficial for themselves but also for others, and lead by example.

Collaboration and Unity:
– 4th of July: The success of the American Revolution was due to the unity and collaboration among the thirteen colonies.
– Personal Leadership: While emphasizing individual strengths, personal leadership also involves fostering collaboration and building strong relationships. Effective leaders bring people together, harnessing collective strengths to achieve common goals.

Inspiration and Influence:
– 4th of July: The Declaration of Independence has inspired countless movements for freedom and justice around the world.
– Personal Leadership: Effective personal leaders inspire others through their actions, vision, and commitment. They have the ability to influence and motivate others to pursue their own goals and aspirations.

Reflecting on Personal Leadership through Artwork

Take a moment out of your busy day and visit a virtual art exhibitions. Focus on an artwork of your choice as it provides a unique medium through which personal leadership can be explored and reflected upon. A reflection guide is provided either as an AI based guide (Novisali Reflective Art Guide) or as a PDF, found in the INFO signs inside the exhibitions.

You can explore one the virtual art exhibitions:

> The Space In-Between

> Water’s Edge

Wishing all with American connection a Happy Independence Day, and wishing all the inspiration to enhance your personal leadership to guide yourself, your business or ecosystem to a better and more sustainable future.

About Novisali 

This blog post was originally shared at the blog of the Digoshen & Boards Impact Forum Chair and founder, with the artist name Novisali and on the blog on .

Novisali, (alias Liselotte Engstam), is besides her roles as professional board member and advisor, a multi-media artist, with a curious, explorative mind and an ambition to learn and extend art experiences to current and new audiences using both traditional and new digital mediums. More information and exhibitions can be found via