You may know a leader or two or ten who lead well but wouldn’t be the person you’d choose to hang around. You know who I’m talking about? You probably even have a picture in your head of these unhappy leaders.

I know you don’t want to be unhappy as a leader. You know there’s a better way. And there is.

What makes a leader happy?

Image by Glenn Waters

Examining happy leaders, I’ve come to the conclusion leaders who are happy do things differently. They make different choices. They lead different lives.

Let’s see what happy leaders do differently.

Exercise: Happy leaders know they need to take care of their bodies so they have the stamina to make it through the demands of leadership. The more active you are, the better the chance you’ll be happy.

Happy 4th Of July

July 4, 2014 — 7 Comments

Today is the 4th of July. Here in the United States, we celebrate our independence from foreign rule and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Because of this holiday, I’m taking the day off from blogging.

Still, I wanted to wish my readers a happy Fourth of July! Enjoy the day with your friends and family. Grill up a steak or hamburger, or hot dogs. Go watch the fireworks. Have a great day relaxing and taking time away. We all need a break!

We’re now halfway through the year. Can you believe it? This year has flown by.

I hope you’ve been holding on and honing your leadership skills. That’s the only way you’re going to move from an emerging leader to a seasoned leader.

Education, preparation, implementation, action, and review. Those are the keys to continued growth.

That’s why, at the beginning of every month, I review what’s happening on the blog.

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You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.

Sam Rayburn

The fourth entry in the Transformers live action movies released Friday. I was stoked for this summer movie release.

There’s a lot to love about Transformers on the big screen. Robots, TRANSFORMING robots(!), Mark Wahlberg (Or as I still refer to him, Marky Mark of the Funky Bunch), and explosions.

For a guy, Transformers has it all. And, lest you think I forgot, I was able to distill leadership lessons from Transformers: Age Of Extinction.

Leadership lessons from Transformers: Age of Extinction

I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but with a movie this epic, it’s kind of hard. Now, lets dig into what leadership lessons you can learn from Transformers: Age Of Extinction.

1. You don’t know what you have: The movie starts off with Cade Yeager, played by Mark Wahlberg, looking for junk he could experiment with. This brought him to a run-down movie theater that was selling their assets.