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Faith plays a major role in my life. According to my reader survey, faith also plays a major role in your life as well.

That’s cool! It’s exciting to see other leaders living out their faith as well.

Who are you praying for as a leader?

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Being leaders of faith, I must raise the question: Are you praying daily in your leadership roles? If not, why not? If so, are you praying for the right things?

Every leader is different so the right thing to pray for may be different for you. Yet, I think every leader will see overlap in certain things they’re praying for.

1. Their family: First and foremost, a leader needs to be praying over their own family. Pray over your wife, or husband if you’re a female leader. Pray over your children. Go as far as to pray over your pets.

Mark Sanborn, author of Fred Factor and Fred Factor 2.0 (along with 6 other titles), is a powerful force in the leadership world. He’s the president of Sanborn & Associates, authority on leadership, and a great public speaker.

Mark graciously gave a few minutes of his day to answer a couple of burning leadership questions I had.

Mark Sanborn, author, speaker

In the following interview with Mark, I asked:

Mark, you’ve written quite a few books. Two of your books focus on a man named Fred. Can you tell us a little about Fred?

You focus on relationships quite a bit, right?

How do you decide which relationships you need to nourish?

Your philosophy on relationships sounds a lot like the 80/20 rule. Can you expand on that?

How do you take people beyond your books and get people to actually engage in the message you’re sharing?

You won’t often hear a teacher on leadership tell you that you need to drift. Instead, you’ll often hear the warnings of drifting.

Drifting may lead you into the middle of the sea, like what happened to Michael Hyatt and his wife Gail. Or drifting may prevent you from going down the road to success like a winter snow drift can do in Michigan.

Those drifts are dangerous. They prevent you from moving forward. They make you stuck.

But there’s another drift. And it’s important you learn how to use this drift properly.

Are you drifting the right way?

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Have you had a chance to watch The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift? Tokyo Drift is all about this type of drift.

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?

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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.

Take a look at leadership failures. Think of great leaders who have failed.

Without even thinking about leaders who have failed, a couple come to mind:

General Petraeus

President Bill Clinton

Tiger Woods

Tim Lambesis (Lead singer of As I Lay Dying

Jim Bakker

Those are but a few of the leaders who have seen their leadership destroyed or tarnished because they compromised in areas no leader should ever compromise. And I’m not naming any names to shame anyone. I’m bringing examples you probably know.

Once you begin to compromise in these areas, you’re on a very slippery slope that could wipe out your influence as a leader.

That’s why I want to look at the areas that are vital to maintaining great leadership.

Leaders, especially young leaders, should never compromise: