8 Things Every Leader Must Know

Heading into leadership, you’re starry eyed and hopeful. You have great ambition. And you know you’re going to get things done.

Then reality hits. Leadership is hard. Harder than you expected at least.

When you entered leadership, you didn’t know everything. You still don’t.

But there are some key things every leader must know.

Do you know these things leaders must know?

I love leadership. It’s a lot of fun with a huge portion of challenge tossed in.

You’re interacting with others. You’re helping people become the best version of they can be. And you’re changing the world.

Then reality hits. There’s the leadership obstacles no one told you about. Then you become discouraged.

Today, I want to share with you the things I’ve come to realize every leader must know.

Why Leaders Should Enjoy Entertainment

The gurus were wrong...

When I began diving deep into the personal development world, I was fed a lie. I was told not to do this one specific activity. Years later I regret buying into the lie.

Successful people don’t do this. Successful people run fast and far from this. And successful people don’t partake in this activity at all.

Lies, lies, and more lies.

Leaders need to enjoy entertainment too

So, what was this activity so many personal development and leadership gurus told me? These gurus told me and countless others to flee from the evils of entertainment.

Well, as Ash Williams said in the cult classic movie Army Of Darkness “Me? I’m through running.”

Why Leaders Should Enjoy Entertainment

There have been plenty of reasons given as to why leaders SHOULDN’T enjoy entertainment. These excuses range from

There’s no time in a leader’s day to listen to music or watch a movie

4 Decisions Every Leader Has To Make

When you begin to lead, you may not realize leadership is full of decisions. Not all of them are fun.

There are decisions every leader has to make. Some will be great. Some will be frustrating. And others will be sad.

What decisions do you have to make as a leader?

Knowing that you’re going to have to make hard choices going into leadership does make the painful struggle better. Though the preparation doesn’t fully equip you for the choices you’ll have to make.

Today, we’ll look at 4 decisions every leader will have to make at some point in their journey.

4 Decisions Every Leader Has To Make

1. The decision to lead:

Yes, every leader has to make this decision. You do too.

Are you going to accept the mantel of leadership or will you push the gift away? Leaders accept the position they’ve chosen and steward it well.

Are You Ready To Lead?

Leadership is rarely a position that you’re ready for when you walk into the role. Many times, young leaders are thrust into the role of leadership well before they’ve had time to prepare.

That’s a scary proposition. And many leaders bow out before their time is done.

Being in a position you’re not ready for can wear you down. It can break you. You will want to quit.

But that’s because you’re not prepared. It doesn’t mean you can’t become prepared.

We have to be prepared to lead

Abraham Lincoln is often credited with saying:

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Did good old Abe Lincoln really say this? I’m not sure.

What I am sure about is that the quote is still valid. And preparation is something we must do regularly.

The 5-Step Process To Bravery

Answers From Leadership Podcast #39

I was introduced to Adam Kirk Smith by my friend Leo Lampinen a year or two ago. Adam’s created a massive following through his blog and social media accounts.

He also knows a thing or two about leadership. He’s a life coach and consultant where he helps leaders impact more people, create more margin, and accomplish more

When I heard Adam was releasing a new book, The Bravest You, I wanted to have him on the show. Thankfully, he agreed and now you get to benefit from our conversation.

Listen in as Adam Kirk Smith and I discuss bravery, how bravery impacts leadership, and The Bravest You.

Adam Kirk Smith on the 5-step process to bravery on Answers From Leadership podcast

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