Today marks the halfway point of the year. Looking back, it amazes me how quickly the year flies by and how we can get lost in the day to day tasks of our lives.

I hope you’re not there but, if you are, you can still make a difference this year. Shift your focus and begin working on your goals and dreams. You can make it a killer year!

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Like all new months, I like to take the time to reflect on the status of the blog and what’s been happening in my life. So, here we go with June’s review.

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Theodore Roosevelt once said

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care

Care for others, not like this

The more I’ve led, the more I’ve discovered this truth. When we were leading young students, this especially came into play.

With troubles at home, issues at school, and a general disdain for authority, they struggled with listening to those in a position of power. That is, until you showed them you cared about their life.

So, what can you do to show people you care? I think the following 7 actions demonstrate an attitude of caring towards others.

1. Ask pertinent questions: People love to talk about themselves. So ask questions that relate to their lives and their interests.

By asking questions around their likes and desires, you open up a channel of communication and this shows that you care about them not only as an employee but also as a person.

Once upon a boy, Jack, wanted to win a million dollars from the lottery. He prayed every day for that God will help him to win the million.

So as time went by, the boy grew up and got old, but he still didn’t win the million. But he didn’t stop believing in God. In the end, he died and never won the million.

When he arrived in Heaven, he asked God: God, why I have never won the million in the lottery? I was praying every day and everything I wanted you was to win that stupid million. So, I’m asking you why?”

And God told him: How could I help you win the million when you never bought a ticket? Every day on the way to your boring job, I sent you a seller with tickets, you often saw in TV a man who won the lottery. But you didn’t take action.”

So many people run from their pain, even in leadership.

We don’t like feeling pain. We think pain sucks (and it can). We want to get as far away from pain as possible.

But former pastor Sam Chand has a different take on pain. He believes that we need to embrace pain rather than push it away.

interview with Sam Chand

Sam Chand recently released his book, Leadership Pain: The Classroom For Growth, where he talks in depth about the issues of pain in leadership and what we should do with the pain. His thoughts are eye-opening.

With the release of his new book, I was able to secure an interview with Sam Chand.

Sam Chand Interview

During our time together, Sam and I discuss:

What Sam has done in his career and where he has lived (And, at one point, he lived just a few hours from me).

Culture tells us that one does not need to lead himself before he can lead others.

Lead yourself to lead others

Image by Zach Dischner

There’s a lot of reasons behind this belief. People believe leaders don’t have to lead themselves because:

People can be better at getting others to do things they don’t want to do

As long as others are being moved forward, it doesn’t matter where the leader stands

Leading others doesn’t require you to lead yourself

Listening to these excuses you can see how thin and flimsy they are. These excuses for bad leadership skills are people grasping for reasons why they don’t lead well.

Why You Must Lead Yourself First

You are the example: People look for leaders who are leading themselves well first. No one wants to follow someone who has their life in shambles.