Why Are You Leading?

February 25, 2015 — 9 Comments

Leadership is a journey. It brings us to the highest heights and the lowest lows.

During the journey, it’s easy to lose track of why we’re leading.

That’s why every leader needs to ask himself the question: Why am I leading?

You need to know your why when leading

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Why Ask Yourself?

Leadership can pull us in so many directions. One day you’re helping a team member discover where he does his best work. The next day you may be calming a quarrel between two people who are having a disagreement.

There will be days where you have no clue what you’re doing. You come to a point where you ask yourself Why?

This is why we must ask ourselves why are we leading? Why are we choosing a position of leadership?

Asking ourselves this simple question can corral us back into effective leadership and help us regain our focus. Without that focus, our leadership is spotty at best. Dangerous, at worst.

While leadership has it’s upsides, there’s also the dark side of leadership. Rarely talked about in public, the frustrating reality of being a leader is often hid. But this needs to change.

We need to publicly acknowledge leadership may not be for everyone. Leadership may hurt more than you thought. Leadership may not even be fun! There are frustrating realities to leadership. Let’s discuss them today.

 

If you’ve been in leadership for any period of time, you know that leadership can be a burden rather than a joy. You may dread going into the office. You may dread going to the church service you lead. Or you might dread waking up and leading your family. You will find yourself frustrated as you lead. There’s no doubt in my mind. Something will happen and frustrations will rise. Frustrating realities of leadership are:

The internet is a crowded place. With so many people creating blogs, it’s easy for great people to get lost in the mix.

That’s why I’m bringing you a list of 10 online thought leaders you should know.

People you should know

These guys and gals may not be Michael Hyatt or Dan Miller or Chris Brogan, but they’re people you should know.

They’re making a difference. They’re changing the world. And they’re doing it from behind a computer screen or microphone.

1. Matt McWilliams: Matt’s a world-changer. He’s recording multiple episodes of a podcast every week helping others to become world changers as well.

If you haven’t heard of Mike before, you have now and you will in the future.

2. Jonathan Milligan: Jonathan is helping people live a life full of passion doing the things they love. He’s also the mastermind behind Blogging Your Passion University where Jonathan and Bob Lotich (look at #3 to learn who he is) help others in their blogging journey..

An Effective Way To Apologize

February 18, 2015 — 4 Comments

When’s the last time you screwed up and owed someone an apology? It’s probably fairly recently.

We all mess up and hurt those we care about and lead. I know I’ve needed to apologize recently.

That’s not to say I’m perfect at apologizing. Oh, no! Far from it. I’m not even good.

Ask my wife and she’ll probably tell you that I suck at apologizing. (But that’s a discussion for another time and also a reason I’m writing this post)

Frankly, I’m not good at apologizing. Words fumble out of my mouth and they don’t even sound like an apology.

But I was reading Chris Brogan’s book The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth: Entrepreneurship For Weirdos, Misfits, And World Dominators and came across a section that made me pause and think.

Leadership is full of questions. Especially questions leaders should ask themselves.

These days it seems far too few leaders are asking themselves questions. They’re going with the flow and they’re missing the big picture.

Are you asking yourself questions?

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Why Leaders Should Question Themselves

Leadership isn’t without pitfalls. We can easily find ourselves in compromising situations or making bad decisions.

This happens when we stop asking ourselves vital questions. Questions that look deep into our motives and propel us in the proper direction.

When leaders ask questions of themselves, they’re able to look within. And every leader could use a little more of this introspection.

The Questions Leaders Should Be Asking Themselves

1. Why am I really leading?: Asking ourselves why we lead cuts to the heart of the matter. We begin to see our motives.