Leadership Lessons From The Life Of Astronaut John Glenn

Yesterday, we lost an American hero. Astronaut John Glenn passed away on December 8th, 2016.

Leadership lessons and quotes from John Glenn

John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in Space. After Scott Carpenter passed away, John Glenn was the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven.

Not only did John Glenn go into outer space, he served and retired from the Marine Corps and ran a successful political career winning a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Looking back on his life, we can find signs of leadership throughout it.

Leadership Lessons From The Life Of John Glenn

1. Leaders quit:

When the Japenese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1942, John Glenn dropped out of college and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He quit something important to join an organization he believed in.

People will often think leaders never quit. That’s far from the truth.

Who’s Your Number 2, 3, 4?

Even as a new leader, you can’t ignore the fact that your position as a leader is temporary.

One day you’ll leave. You’ll transition out of your leadership position. And someone will take over for you.

Or maybe you’ll be asked to leave. Not given the choice to exit your leadership position gracefully.

Know who your crew is

While we don’t really look forward to either kind of exit, we still know that we will leave one day. Either by choice or by force.

In the meantime, we’ve got to be raising up others to become a leader in our place.

Know Who’s Under You

Now, I don’t mean this in a derogatory way. The fact is that we have team members we’re leading over and they’re technically under us.

That’s the way organizations work.

There’s a leader, there’s someone under him, and so on. Work with the organizational structure.

7 Signs To Notice Leadership Burnout Coming On

I’ve spent a lot of time leading. I’ve also spent a lot of time watching great leaders lead.

Through this watching, there’s been a lot of leaders that have burned out and fizzled away.

They couldn’t see it coming, and neither could I when it happened to me.

Yet when I look back on my situation, I can see clear signs that burnout was coming.

1. Burnout happens when you believe you have to always be there: Consistency is a great quality to have in leadership. It’s also a dangerous one.

Pam and I felt like we HAD to be at the youth group every Wednesday. We even went as far as being present on Tuesdays when we went to double services.

Being at the church 3 days a week began to put a real strain on the way we felt about leading and the church.

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