Did you know that you have the ability to determine how your day will go? It’s true.

While we can’t make people do what we want. And we can’t change how others treat us. We can make sure we have a good day.

Attitude is your choice

You may be wondering how this could be. It’s simple, yet difficult, to implement.

We have control over the biggest influence of how our day goes. That thing we have control over is our attitude.

Why Attitude Matters

The famed basketball coach Lou Holtz is known to have said: Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill said: Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Everyone will experience hard times in their lives.

These are the times when it seems like you can’t get ahead. Maybe your bills are piling up. Or it could be the initiatives you’ve launched have failed.

Hard times try us.

The hard times can be your friend

You Will Have Hard Times In Your Life

The last couple of years have felt like a mighty battle has been waged in my life.

We had to put down one dog. We’re concerned about the health of our other dog. We left a leadership position at a church (and the church itself). We had to buy 2 vehicles in one year. We had our basement flood and we had struggles with our city’s insurance company.

These hard times have weighed heavy on our hearts and minds. They’re troubling yet reassuring all at the same time.

You Don’t Need New

April 25, 2016 — 9 Comments

There are a lot of sparkly things out there to get our attention. From the latest productivity app to the newest course by the big name leader to the latest and greatest book on leadership, there’s always something vying for our attention.

Most of the time we give in. We grab the shiny, new object and adore it. Until we’re finished…

Study and dive deep, don't chase the new thing

Then we put it aside.

We close the book. We forget what we read. We move on.

We watch the video course. We absorb a little information. We move on.

We play with the app. We get bored. We move on.

Wash, rinse repeat.

We Like Shiny And New

The shiny objects are fun.

They promise to make us more productive or to increase our knowledge. They beckon us with their sexy covers or smooth promises.

Take note, young leaders. This is a million dollar question. Especially if you’re able to get the answer.

New leaders need to be curious and intentional about discovering what makes a leader good.

Answering this one question will set you on the right path of leadership.

Do you know the traits of a good leader?

You may find that there are many answers to this question. And I think there are.

We’ve seen great leadership qualities in many different people. Astoningishly, leadership looks different this way.

Yet, I know there are qualities that make a good leader.

What Doesn’t Make A Good Leader?

Let’s first take a look at what doesn’t make a leader. This may clarify where we’re going.

Age doesn’t make a good leader: I love what Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12. Paul tells him to let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

The guest for today’s Answers From Leadership podcast is Keith Wilmot.

Keith was the Global Vice President of Creativity & Insights at The Coca-Cola Company. In this capacity, he founded and launched IGNITOR, an internal creativity and innovation approach. His team was responsible for solving complex business challenges by translating insight into actionable, commercial ideas

Now, Keith is the President & CEO of Leadercast.

how to become a visionary leader

Show Notes:

What do you want listeners to know about you?

He married his high school sweetheart

He and his wife have 4 kids

And he has a dog named Brady

What does leadership look like to you?

You can look at leaders worth following in two ways: Values-based approach and a behavioral based approach

Values can be buildable. Though they tend to be intrinsic