Gas tanks are wonderful things. They hold the fuel we need to drive our cars to the places we need to be.
Your car probably has one gas tank. Did you know that you have two gas tanks you have to watch the gas gauge for?
It’s true. In a recent interview Nick Vujicic mentioned this principle.
I really liked this idea and wanted to share it with you. It’s an area leaders really need to be cognizant of.
Your First Gas Tank
The first tank you need to be aware of is one you use to feed your followers.
This one is used to give of ourselves to those that we serve. We’re pouring our time and energy into giving them the information and leadership they deserve.
It’s spending time one on one with individual team members. Encouraging them. Mentoring and giving growth.
It’s an important gas tank, that’s for sure. But it’s not the most important.
Your Second Gas Tank
Our second gas tank is the most important, yet often neglected gas tank. We’re often running on empty and don’t even realize it.
Gas tank number two is the gas tank you fill for your family and yourself.
You’ve got to be pouring into your own life and your family’s life. Sharing and guiding them in the direction they need to go.
In much the same way as you fill your followers tanks, you fill your family and yourself.
You meditate on good books. You share experiences with your family. You take time away and rest. You exercise and take care of your health.
This refills your tank and keeps you going strong.
Now, can you see why this is so important?
Much like your Attitude Indicator, you’ve got to be intentional and watch the level of fuel you have in each tank. If you let your tanks get too low, there’s trouble.
Remember, your followers are important. They’re looking to you for guidance and direction.
But they’re not going to be helped if you’re tank is empty. Keep both tanks filled and you’re on your way to being a great leader.
Question: Have you ever let one of your two tanks become empty? What happened? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.