There’s always one quality leaders are looking for in their followers. More than their knowledge and skills, leaders want their team members to be dependable.
They want people who will show up. On time. Where they’re needed.
But what about the leader themselves? Can they be counted on? Are they dependable?
That’s a good question. And one every leader needs to ask themselves.
Are You A Dependable Leader?
Well, are you?
John Maxwell has said:
Dependability is more than ability alone
Yes, you might be able to inspire those who are around you. You might even be able to raise the profits of your organization to unheard of levels.
But you could be missing the key to fantastic leadership. That is being dependable.
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The guest for today’s show is Dan Dwyer. Dan has spent time as an army officer and retired 10 years ago. He’s now helping guide leaders and organizations to achieve transformational results.
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Dan, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I spent 22 as an army officer. I’m a paternal twin and my twin brother still serves in the navy, he’s in his 32nd year. We were raised by our aunt and uncle.
This month will be 10 years since I took off the uniform.
Most of my focus is on leadership development at coachtoperform.com. That’s really my passion.
We’d discussed on LinkedIn about today’s topic: Leading veterans and servicemen in the workplace…
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I’ve spent a lot of time leading. I’ve also spent a lot of time watching great leaders lead.
Through this watching, there’s been a lot of leaders that have burned out and fizzled away.
They couldn’t see it coming, and neither could I when it happened to me.
Yet when I look back on my situation, I can see clear signs that burnout was coming.
1. Burnout happens when you believe you have to always be there: Consistency is a great quality to have in leadership. It’s also a dangerous one.
Pam and I felt like we HAD to be at the youth group every Wednesday. We even went as far as being present on Tuesdays when we went to double services.
Being at the church 3 days a week began to put a real strain on the way we felt about leading and the church. Read more...
I’ve come across great leaders. Though there was one strange thing about them.
These great leaders didn’t know they were leaders.
Have you noticed this before?
Leading Without Being A Leader
This happens all the time. A new hire comes aboard the team. Before you know it, they’re able to organize other team members without being an actual leader.
Again and again, this happens. And many leaders sit back and wonder how this can be.
To me, what is happening is very simple:
A thought hit me like lightning recently. I lack confidence.
My brain raced through the scenarios where this is true.
I lack confidence in:
Playing soccer (where this idea really hit home)