6 Things Leaders Should Be Thankful For Everyday

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Because of this, I wanted to reflect on 6 things leaders should be thankful for on Thanksgiving and every other day.

There’s a lot of pain that comes with leadership. Struggles no one else ever sees. Betrayals by coworkers and friends. Business failures. And so much more.

Be thankful as a leader

Yet there are also things leaders should be thankful for. Let’s take a look at these today.

6 Things Leaders Should Be Thankful For Everyday

1. Success:

Yes, be thankful for your successes. Your successes mean you’re having an impact on the world around you.

Don’t hide your successes. Celebrate your successes and be thankful for them.

2. Failure:

Hold up… You mean leaders should be thankful for failures? Oh yeah, leaders need to be thankful for failure.

3 More Reasons Your Leadership Is Ineffective

I’ve never met a leader who says he longs to be forgotten. He wants to be remembered. And what does he want to be remembered for? Every leader wants to be remembered for being effective.

Yet there are so many leaders who struggle with being effective.

They flounder trying to get their teams to follow them. They lack the ability to move their vision forward. And they never get anything done.

Catch yourself before you become an ineffective leader

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But what causes this leadership ineffectiveness? Previously, I’d shared 5 reasons your leadership is ineffective. Those 5 reasons were:

You fail to listen to your team

You fail to do what you say

You fail to cast a clear vision

You fail to influence

You fail to communicate clearly

Leaders & Decision Making: How It Can Badly Impact Others

This Unseen Influence Can Ruin Everything

“Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less”

This is leadership guru John Maxwell’s simple, core definition for what leadership is.

It applies in any context like work, family, ministries, and organizations.

I don’t know about you but I find the idea of influence and impact to be highly energizing. Who doesn’t want to see their life have influence and impact?

Decision making can go wrong. Make it go right

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But, influencing lives can have a dark, scary side… at the same time you are influencing others:

Your decisions WILL impact the lives of others… for good or for bad.

That is a sobering reality.

Read on to learn about some hidden factors that can cause your decisions to turn out badly (for everyone)… and what you can do about it.

How To Destroy Your Influence Through Social Media

Social media is a great tool, one that I love dearly. Who doesn’t, right?

It’s great to be able to catch up with old high school friends on Facebook. It’s great to see the constant flow of information on Twitter. It’s even great to see all of the amazing pictures people share on Pinterest.

Destroy or build your influence using social media

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While there’s a good side to social media, there’s also a dark side many people get caught up in.

The Dark Side Of Social Media

By using social media in the wrong way, you can begin to destroy your influence. Amazingly, many people forget that social media is a very public form of communication.

Your employers can see what you post on social media. Your employees can see what you post on social media. Your friends and family can see what you post on social media.

You’ve Got It Wrong On Influence

Our good friend John Maxwell has always said that leadership is influence. I firmly believe that.

Leading requires us to have a certain amount of influence on others. Yet we’ve also mistaken what influence truly is.

Influence is often unseen

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What Influence Isn’t

Influence isn’t getting others to do what you want them to do.

Influence isn’t controlling others.

Influence isn’t forcing people to do your will.

Influence isn’t manipulating others.

Influence isn’t showing off.

Influence isn’t a Klout score

Influence isn’t is the number of followers you have.

There are so many things that leadership is but the above isn’t true influence.

What Influence Is

Influence is impacting lives.

Influence is making a difference in the lives of others.

Influence is showing how much you care.

Influence is taking the time to do something nice for another person.