Great Leaders Raise Questions

November 12, 2014 — 7 Comments

Many people think the job of a leader is to answer questions. People want answers and they’re looking to you for answers.

Great leaders do more than answering questions. They take leadership to the next level.

Leaders who know what they’re doing know leaders also need to raise questions of those they’re leading.

Don't think you have to have all the answers

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Taking people by the hand and leading them from point A to point B is easy. This is the beginning stages of leadership.

Someone asks a question, you answer. Someone has a problem, you solve the issue.

Beginner leadership is all about being the go-to answer person.

Stepping deeper into leadership, great leaders begin to realize they have to do more than be an answer dispensing machine. Almost anyone can fill this role.

There’s a greater role to play than the answer-man. Leaders who have been in leadership long enough knows this truth.

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.

President Dwight Eisenhower

Marvel Studios has been on quite a roll with the superhero movie genre. Earlier this year Marvel released Guardians Of The Galaxy and it was a resounding hit.

Now, Marvel and Disney has released another comic-based movie with Big Hero 6.

leadership lessons from Big Hero 6

Once again Marvel has released a movie about lesser known heroes. They didn’t stop with Guardians Of The Galaxy. Marvel took it another step with Big Hero 6.

Big Hero 6 is the story about Hiro and his brother’s robot Baymax. Along with Fred, Go Go, Wasabi, and Honey Lemon they form an impressive superhero team.

And, as you can guess, Big Hero 6 delivers in the leadership department as well. Here’s -FDJLKJ$#EJF#)(

1. Stand Up And Say Something: This leadership lesson wasn’t delivered by the movie but by the movie theater. The Celebration Cinema Carousel has a reel of clips that play before the previews of the movie. After these played, nothing happened. The screen went blank and Big Hero 6 failed to play.

Everyone’s got advice on how to live a better life or how to live a life worth living. There’s a spin here, there, and everywhere on this age-old question.

Come on now.. Who doesn’t want to live a better life? I think the answer is NO ONE.

The Wrong Question To Ask

If you talk to a lot of people about living a great life and how you live that great life, you’ll often here one answer.

Live like today is your last day on earth.

They’ll often turn that into a question.

What would you do if you knew today was the day you died?

This sounds like a great question to ask. You’ll run through the scenarios of the last moments of your life and the things you want to do before you die.

Raise Up The Unknown

November 5, 2014 — 10 Comments

Take a deeper look around your organization. You’ll find there are standout employees who are always getting the attention of you and others in leadership.

They seem to be the rock stars of your organization. And you keep promoting them and rewarding them.

It’s what we do with those who perform and do well, right?

But I want to challenge you to begin digging deeper within the ranks of your organization.

There are team members who are virtually unknown. They do great work but receive minimum recognition and encouragement.

They’re not the standouts you typically look for. They’re quiet or not quite as popular. Yet they’re there, working away.

The recent Guardians Of The Galaxy movie really drove home this practice to me.

Marvel Studios took a huge risk with this new movie property. Marvel has been pushing the A-list of superheros.