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Words freely flow from our mouths. We say things we think matter and, more often than not, we say words that don’t matter.

It’s messed up I tell you! Why are we saying things that don’t matter instead of things that truly matter?

Let’s get into the habit of saying these 20 things leaders should say more often.

1. You’ve done a fantastic job.

2. Thank you for your hard work.

3. I appreciate what you’ve done for me.

4. Here’s 2 tickets to the Detroit Tigers game. (Not only will this make someone’s day, it’ll get two more Tigers fans to the stadium)

5. What can I do to make your job better?

6. I’ve messed up.

7. I don’t know. Let’s find out together.

8. How can we help each other?

People screw up all the time. They’ll make a wrong choice. Do the wrong thing. Even slack off at work.

These poor decisions can infuriate leaders. To the point of wanting to give someone their pink slip.

But have you taken a step back to consider giving someone a second chance?

Father Gregory Brooks has. He’s the founder of Homeboy Industries.

Homeboy Industries has a mission to help felons recover and move onto meaningful employment. They also do gang-intervention programs that help people who have made bad choices move onto better lives.

Through Homeboy Industries, Father Brooks works with those who many others wouldn’t think about giving a second chance. They’ve done their crime, the felons should be on their own.

Instead, Brooks takes them in and gives them a second, and in some cases, more chances.

Bring Encouragement To You

November 29, 2013 — 17 Comments

Are you like me and struggle with staying positive throughout the day? You may lack the motivation or drive to get through.

Discouragement seems to peek it’s dirty head around the door and leer at you. Telling you you’re not good enough.

Lets stop discouragement from influencing us today. Instead, bring encouragement to you.

There’s a couple tricks I’m discovering. They’re helping me battle discouragement and to become encouraged throughout my day.

So much so, I’d like to share with you what I’m doing to find encouragement throughout my day. I think it’ll help you so please read on.

Have a motivational Flip Book on your desk: Years ago I received an inspirational flip book from my in-laws. It’s sat on my office desk since we’ve moved into our home and set up the home office.

We’ve all heard that leadership is influence. This quote from John Maxwell is great. There’s truth behind what’s being said. When we influence others, we are leading.

However, there’s also responsibility that comes along with leadership.

I believe we far too often overlook the responsibilities of leaders. Sure, we know what leaders are supposed to do.

Leaders are supposed to:

Guide your team

Influence others to action

Cast a vision

Share the message

Create teams

And more…

It’s great to know what we’re supposed to do as leaders. These actions give us a road map for leadership.

And yet leadership is so much deeper than tasks.

Leadership means taking on responsibility.

Responsibilities Of Leadership

As leaders we’ve got responsibilities to those we lead. We’re going to be held accountable for the actions we take and where we lead our followers.

We know great leaders continue growing even after formal education. They also help their teams to grow.

I’ve shared how to create an environment of growth before. Today, I want to take it a bit deeper and give you 5 more ways to help your team grow.

Image by Paul Bica

Image by Paul Bica

Our main goal, other than leading the organization towards it’s goal, should be to create leaders. Whether it’s to take our place or to come alongside us, we need to be growing new leaders.

The best way to do this is to help people grow. There’s many ways to do this but I want to focus on 5 ways you can help others grow.

1. Grow yourself: Jack Welch once said “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” So what does this mean? This means we need to focus on ourselves and grow. Get to the level where you know more than someone else.