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There’s a power that is unleashed when we connect with others, whether they’re in our industry or not. By creating a relationship with other leaders, we can potentially extend our networks to untold numbers.

And yet many of us struggle with connecting with other leaders, especially introverts who can have social anxiety. That’s why I want to share today 4 ways we can connect with other leaders (And this includes ways even introverts can apply).

There's power in connection

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Who here likes to connect with others? Going out, making friendships, getting to know others? I’m imagining those hands you’re raising. I’m also picturing those who are cringing at the thought of initiating a conversation with a new person or getting in front of a crowd.

Daunting, I know. Connecting with new people can zap a lot of your energy.

Robert L. Ripley was an extremely interesting man. Through many challenges in his life, Ripley created the Believe It Or Not! brand that’s become world famous.

Not only that, Ripley was one of the first to globe trot around the world. In the end Ripley traveled to 201 countries in 31 years.

He was a true oddity.

Neal Thompson recently wrote a Robert Ripley biography. This biography was called A Curious Man: The Strange & Brilliant Life Of Robert “Believe It Or Not!” Ripley. Coming in at 373 pages, A Curious Man was a fascinating read that opened up the life of Robert Ripley like nothing I’d read before.

Ripley’s life wasn’t pleasant. He didn’t always do things by the books. And he definitely made many mistakes. Yet his life can teach us valuable leadership lessons.

Effective leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Effective leaders are willing to work hard and get the job done.

Effective leaders also have habits that they routinely act upon. They know there’s something to be said for acting on good habits.

Today, I want to share with you 5 habits of highly effective leaders.

Highly effective leaders have habits

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Highly Effective Leaders Do…

Highly effective leaders know it takes more than mental prowess to lead well. Leading well takes forming great habits that will positively impact you for a lifetime. Well, not only you but those you lead effectively as well.

So, what are these habits of highly effective leaders? I believe highly effective leaders have the following habits:

1. Highly effective leaders make it a habit to learn: Effective leaders know they must constantly take in and process new information. Most effective leaders do this through reading. Yet there are other ways to continue your education.

There’s a major problem with leaders in the top organizations today. One many of them are unwilling to face for fear of missing out or fear of being thought of less.

That problem? The problem of always being connected.

There's a problem with always being connected

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You may think I’m talking of how connected we are with others. The relationships we’ve formed. The bonds that draw friends together.

This isn’t the connection that’s the problem. Those are great connections and we need to strive to make more of these meaningful connections.

There’s a more sinister type of connection that’s quickly burning emerging leaders out.

The connection that’s killing us is the always on, always available connection.

How We’re Connected

In the last century, we’ve come to expect to be connected at any hour of the day. We’re no longer able to leave the office at 5PM and expect a semblance of privacy. Oh no, those days are long gone.

Leadership is a Team Sport

September 20, 2014 — 9 Comments

I feel like the most blessed person on this planet. The reason? I have the incredible privilege of leading Truth@Work roundtable groups in my region in which Christian business and ministry leaders gather together once per month for four hours. These groups (usually consisting of 12-15 leaders) act like a board of advisors to one another in helping each member to grow their organizations in a God-honoring way while at the same time challenging and encouraging one another to grow personally and spiritually. I have the privilege of leading six groups each month and it is an incredible thing to be a part of.

In the six years I’ve been doing this, one thing has become even more apparent to me: We were not meant to do life alone…especially leaders!