Leadership is rarely a position that you’re ready for when you walk into the role. Many times, young leaders are thrust into the role of leadership well before they’ve had time to prepare.
That’s a scary proposition. And many leaders bow out before their time is done.
Being in a position you’re not ready for can wear you down. It can break you. You will want to quit.
But that’s because you’re not prepared. It doesn’t mean you can’t become prepared.
Abraham Lincoln is often credited with saying:
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Did good old Abe Lincoln really say this? I’m not sure.
What I am sure about is that the quote is still valid. And preparation is something we must do regularly.
The last couple of years of my life has been filled with fear. It all started with our dog Zane.
He was a great boy but he had a mean streak to him. One that led to a lot of fear in our lives.
Over the course of his short life, Zane would snap. By snapping, I mean he would turn on us and bite us. There were multiple times this happened over the years we owned him.
While we loved him, we also feared he would become violent. One day he did and that was the day
we made the decision we would have to put him down.
Then, for the next 3 years, we lived with the fear we would lose our other dog Leviticus to old age.
We lost Leviticus almost a year ago.
Those years were filled with fear.
Let’s be honest. Walt Disney Picture’s and Pixar’s Cars 2 was a disappoint. Cars 2 strayed far from what made the original Cars movie great. Thankfully, Cars 3 veers back on track.
Cars 3 tells the story of Lightning McQueen and his new competitor Jackson Storm (which is a great name. My nephew’s name is Jackson.). Jackson Storm is a rookie race car blazing the course. He’s leaving the old competitors in the dust. That means Lightning McQueen isn’t the fastest anymore.
Cars 3 is an entertaining tale. The movie brings back the feel of the original and sets us up for a continuation of the story. And, as usual, I’m here to bring you leadership lessons from Cars 3. Be ready, there’s plenty.
Caution: Cars 3 spoilers below.
VIDEO Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Cars 3
1. Lightning McQueen:
Did I used to say that?
The energy vampires. The whiners and complainers. And the ones who bring down those around them.
These are the bad apples. The ones who are hurting your organization.
It can be hard to get rid of the bad apples, but you must.
You’ve probably heard the old saying “One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch” and not thought much of the saying. It’s cliche and played out. Or so you think.
This saying is also true. When rotten apples begin to decay, these rotting apples emit a gas. This gas can cause the apples touching this apple to rot as well.
Get Rid Of Your Bad Apples
The people we surround ourselves with are like the apples mentioned in the cliched saying. They will impact you negatively or positively.
When your friends or coworkers are emitting toxic words, you’re absorbing their toxic attitudes.
Virtual or remote leadership is becoming more common. You have the ability to lead teams outside of the office. But what do you do to help keep the team connected and working together?
Yengyee Lor knows these struggles. She’s an expert in helping remote leaders lead effectively.
Listen in to today’s Answers From Leadership podcast to learn the struggles of being a remote leader and how to deal with these trials.
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What else would you like listeners to know about you?
For today’s purposes, we’re talking about virtual leaders. So, I’m going to focus on leaders in the virtual world.
How would you define leadership? Whether virtual or physical leadership?
I would define leadership as qualities or skills of a leader that is able to empower others to lead their best selfs.