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When I first moved into a leadership role my passions overpowered my leadership abilities. I was naive about what it required to be an effective leader. However, through my personal growth and hands on experience I quickly learned what it would take for me, a young leader, to be successful in my role.

Knowing and adapting some irrefutable leadership principles into your life will position you toward being a successful leader. I would like to share with you 5 keys that will help you be a successful leader.

5 Keys To Leadership

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1. Self-leadership- To be successful and effective in a leadership role requires being able to lead yourself successfully. Chinese philosopher Kao Tzu said, “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” Start by learning about your unique self, your personality, strengths, and emotional tendencies. After you know yourself begin to manage your actions and attitude. This will show people you are worth following.

How To Lead Worldwide

February 26, 2014 — 11 Comments

That day was a special day, I was sixteen years old and getting my very first pager (yes, you read that right). I had saved up for a month, which was a miracle back then and ready to enter the “digital age.”

Are you ready to take the world by storm?

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Driving home with my new pager on my hip was exciting, people now had the ability to reach me anywhere. It didn’t take long for the excitement to wear off though because shortly after I got that pager, cell phones started to become popular.

Great, now I had to save for a cell phone! Once I got that cell phone, newer and better cell phones were released. You know how it goes with technology, something newer and better is released just as you get the older version.

Leaders Are Called To Thrive

February 24, 2014 — 20 Comments

Thrive (verb) – grow vigorously; make steady progress.

A few years back, I found myself stuck in a rut. It wasn’t that I was living destructively, nor was I unhappy. But I was just drifting.

And the thing about drifting is we don’t just sit there, we go backward not forward.

Leaders are meant to thrive

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When you shut off the engine of a boat in the middle of a lake, the boat drifts – and it usually drifts away from your destination.

If we desire to lead effectively, then we need to be intentional about thriving.

Now thriving does not mean perfection; rather it involves movement and steady progress.

So what are some steps we can take to thrive:

1. Be a reader.

You’ve heard it said: if you’re not reading, you aren’t leading.

It’s Never About The Stage

February 19, 2014 — 17 Comments

I was leading worship years ago the day the church had a guest speaker I highly respected.

When I lead worship, most of the time my eyes are closed. So I didn’t see the speaker come on the stage and stand next to me. He gently touched my arm. He had a microphone and looked like he wanted to share. I brought the song to a close. At first I thought he would have a word from God for the church, but as he spoke I realized he was talking to me.

“I would like you to take your guitar and step down off the stage,” he said kindly. As I did this, he continued. “Now turn your back to the church, face the front.” I complied. “Now worship.” I looked at him, a little confused. He smiled reassuringly and said, “Pretend we aren’t here. Worship the way you do when you are at home by yourself.”

Do you remember Gumby?

You know…the adorable green clay figure who could bend and stretch every which way. Made famous by the (at the time) amazing power of stop motion clay animation.

The general premise of the show, which ran for thirty-five years, was that he always managed to find himself in a difficult situation. But, of course, he stretched and bent his way out of every predicament.

That’s who The Container Store wants their people to be. One of their mantras is “Be Gumby.”

It’s a memorable way to remind their team members to bend over backwards for their customers and each other.

I’d never heard of The Container Store until a recent trip to Indianapolis. As the name suggests, it’s an entire store dedicated to…you guessed it, containers. (Men, I know, this makes no sense to us, but my wife loves it. And I will admit there are a few cool things in there…you know, manly type things.)