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Within every great leader there is the desire to expand his and explore new territories. There’s something about leadership that draws leaders towards growing their sphere of influence.

However, if a leader is not careful, he can easily overstep his boundaries. So that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Boundaries are there for a reason

Image by Jenny Downing

Will you raise your hand if you want to expand your level of influence? Check! I see that hand go up.

Will you raise your hand if you want to move into new areas of leadership (New territories)? Check. I see that hand as well.

I know, as leaders, we’re always looking for new ways to grow our influence and enter into new territories. This can be difficult, especially if we’re not the main leader of an organization.

Do you get what I’m talking about?

A few months ago I wrote a post detailing the 12 books I thought you should add to your reading list. The post drew a lot of discussion, especially around the topic of what my blog readers were reading.

The list was fascinating. The reading lists of my readers included books I’ve read, books I’ve wanted to read, and books I’d never heard of before.

Books my readers recommended

I couldn’t let this great resource go to waste. Reading through the book recommendations, I knew I had to put together a post to share the great books you guys recommended. After all, you, my readers, had a hand in putting together a fantastic reading list.

Rebecca Jo Cannon recommended Lone Survivor:The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell.

Are You Eating Last?

March 26, 2014 — 20 Comments

There have been many people who were called leaders yet they never truly led. They were only out for themselves and no one else.

Not their team. Not their coworkers. And sadly not even their family. The only one who mattered was covering their own butt, numero uno.

But, in his new book, Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek turns this leadership method on it’s head, and then kicks it hard to the curb.

The greatest question you’ll need to answer from Leaders Eat Last is “Am I eating last?”

Simon Sinek's latest bookSinek really reinforced the notion that leadership is less about the leader and more about the leader watching out for the team. Leaders go above and beyond to keep their teams together rather than tearing the team apart through layoffs and petty office politics.

Mentor Like Yoda

March 19, 2014 — 28 Comments

Yoda is a lovable but tough teacher in the Star Wars universe. He took a young farm boy and helped him become a great Jedi.

We seen Yoda guide and mold the remarkable Luke Skywalker into someone who could take on the formidable Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader (the later he learns was really his father, GASP!).

You can be a Yoda to someone today

Image by JD Hancock

A recent blog post by Scott Cochrane inspired these. He said it’s a myth that your leadership mentor is Yoda.

Within the post, he gave great reasons on why he is not like Yoda. Especially the idea your leadership mentor will be all knowing (which they never will be).

I think I have to challenge this notion. Your leadership mentor can be like Yoda. In fact, I think YOU should be like Yoda.

If you want to be like Yoda, I think you can follow his lead by:

A lot of recent advice I’ve heard is that when you reach the end of the project, you’ve got to push hard. Probably harder than you’ve ever pushed before.

To be a success, you’ve got to give it your all. Push the pedal to the metal and floor it.

But could this line of thinking be wrong? Could it be it’s time to let off of the gas?

Blazing through the snow on a snowmobile

Image by Paul Williams

I got to thinking about this after a recent snowmobile accident I had. It was also my first time on a sled.

My friend was showing me the ropes. We were blazing through the snowmobile trails in the woods near his home.

Midway through the trip, we decided to head back for a quick repair on his snowmobile. Right before we arrived at his house, he made a beeline for a snowbank.