Has anyone ever told you that you’re too young to lead? Maybe they’ve told you that you don’t know enough yet. You haven’t reached the age of maturity.
Some of those concerns are valid. You might not know as much as you need to. Or you might be a lot younger than those you’re going to be leading.
Yet being young shouldn’t stop you from leading. Rather, you should be encouraged to lead when you’re young.
Yes, you’re young…
There are many issues that can arise because of your youth.
You might easily be distracted by the next shiny thing. You might not know everything there is to know about the situation you’re leading the organization into. Or you might not have buy-in from those around you, after all, you’re half their age.
Leading when you’re young can be tough. You feel discouraged and that your voice doesn’t matter. Read more...
Creative conversations… What do creative conversations look like? How can you have more creative conversations? What do you do if your conversation partner is considered an adversary?
Brit Poulson and I sat down to discuss these important questions regarding creative conversations. And Brit knows a bit about creative conversations.
He’s the author of The Clarity Compass: See More Clearly. Have Creative Conversations. Live the Life you Want. Brit is also the owner and principal of Clarity Compass Consulting where he specializes in transformative coaching and leadership programs.
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Brit, what else would you like listeners to know about you?
I’d like them to know that even though I’m doing business work and leadership consulting work, my overall approach is a psychological approach. I start on the cognitive level and then work down to deep understandings of the world. Read more...
Is there a bigger leadership lie than the one that says leadership is about the leader?
He has to be front and center. He has to be known. And he has to get the credit.
That’s what we’ve been told for so long. It’s what has destroyed the leadership position.
Leadership isn’t about YOU, the leader.
You may be casting the vision. You may be leading the charge. Or you may be the one giving direction.
All of these actions can make it seem like you’re the one leadership is about. You’d be drawing the wrong conclusion.
Leadership doesn’t revolve around the leader. Leadership should revolve around those being led.
Why We Think Leadership Is About The Leader
In recent history, leaders have become the face of the organization. They talk about what’s going on and they cast the vision. Read more...
No man is an island. And no leader leads alone.
Every leader has the responsibility to fill his team with players who will take the organization to the next level.
Too often, we see leaders fill their teams with yes men or people just like themselves. There’s no diversity to their teams.
The lack of diversity also leads to another problem: Creativity will be limited.
I like what Brian Dodd says in his book The 2-Minute Leader:
Wise leaders don’t seek out people who are just like them. If someone doesn’t fit your mold, that is probably a very good thing.
Why Your Clones Aren’t Good
We want to be around people who are like us. They bring us comfort and we know how to relate to them.
They’re just like us, after all. Read more...
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.
We demand it from those we lead. We tell them to be at the office at 8AM sharp. Read more...