Leadership is such a complicated idea. One we try to boil down to trite quotes and phrases.
We’ve all heard “Leadership is influence. Plain and simple.” or “Leadership is the impact you on another person’s life.” or maybe “Leadership is doing the right thing.” These leadership quotes are great. They give us an idea of what to shoot for but they also don’t tell you what you need to know about leadership before you begin to lead.
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Leadership is more complicated than a simple quote. You’re going to run into situations where cute leadership quotes won’t do anything for you.
While leadership quotes are fun, quotes aren’t going to prepare you to lead well. And you need to be prepared to lead.
So, today, let’s talk about what you need to know about leadership before you begin to lead. Read more...
It’s my belief that every leader should be writing. Whether it’s writing a blog like this one or writing a book, a leader who writes down his thoughts is able to touch more lives.
But a complaint that I often hear is that there’s no time to write. There’s no way I would be able to squeeze any more into my day.
While I don’t doubt your days are packed, I know you can still find time to create a consistent writing habit.
Before you call me out and say that I have more time than you, let me share what my average day looks like:
6:30AM – Wake up, get ready for the office
7:30AM – Leave for the office
8:00AM – Arrive at the office and begin my day
5:00PM – Leave the office and head home Read more...
One of my favorite podcasters Pat Flynn’s, of Smart Passive Income and Ask Pat, favorite movie is Back To The Future. So, I figured why not use Back To The Future as the first “flashback” Reel Leadership article.
The year was 1985 when Steven Spielberg produced the now-classic movie Back To The Future. Starring Michael J. Fox as the 17-year old Marty McFly, the enigmatic Christopher Lloyd as Doctor (Doc) Emmett Brown, and Crispin Glover as George McFly in a far-out story about time travel and the implications time travel can have on the universe.
Rewatching Back To The Future, I remembered the joy and fun of my childhood watching the DeLorean take Marty McFly back in time all because of the darn Lybians. Read more...
No one like a Debbie Downer leader. By being negative, you’re bringing down everyone else. You don’t want this.
It’s not only bad for morale, it’s bad for you. You lose your authority. You lose respect. And you lose the right to hold people accountable when THEY complain (how dare they, right?!?).
That’s why we need to learn how to become more positive…
6 Ways To Become More Positive
Feed your positivity:
Find ways to take in positive content. Whether that’s through great books, close relationships, or inspiring music.
The more you’re seeking out positive inputs, the more positivity you’re going to exude.
Derek Magill is a college dropout. But don’t let that make you think Derek doesn’t know what’s going on.
Derek realized something during his time in school. He was learning more outside of the classroom. His classmates were there for the credit hours. And a successful career is not made from humanities courses.
Then, he went on to work on a campaign for a US congressional race. To selling guns. To doing photography. Derek’s been able to work with incredible businesses around the United States all without a college degree.
In episode 44 of the Answers From Leadership Podcast, Derek and I discuss what the changing landscape of education looks like and what that looks like for organizations today. Listen in and discover why apprenticeships are the next big thing in business.
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