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Is Fear Holding You Back?

January 28, 2015 — 1 Comment

The last couple of years I’ve had a fascination with most things aviation. From planes (I jumped out of a plane and would still like to learn how to pilot a plane) to helicopters (RC helicopters and quadcopters), I’m drawn to things that fly.

These inventions that can defy gravity. They can move about in the sky unhindered. It’s absolutely fascinating.

This quadcopter made me fearful

That’s why I purchased a quadcopter I could fly outside. I wanted to take something airborne and fly.

After much research, I chose the DJI Phantom Vision 2 quadcopter. It’s a beauty.

When you fire her up, the sounds of her blades become intimidating. You can literally feel the power you have in your hands.

And yet I’m scared to fly the quadcopter.

The investment was hefty. The controls are easy but you can easily get confused. And when you crash it you feel like you’re toasting tons of cash.

The most powerful leaders have an advantage over other leaders. These leaders know influence is power. And they know how to grow their influence.

The tactics these powerful leaders use aren’t very difficult to master. In fact, the steps to grow your influence are very simple.

Simple ways to become influential

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I think anyone who’s been leading for any time has heard the classic John Maxwell quote:

Leadership is influence

Maxwell broke down leadership and put it into the simplest terms possible.

So why do so many leaders eschew the principle that leadership is influence? Rather, there’s many leaders who go for the leadership is power viewpoint. These leaders try to lead with an iron fist.

Leading this way often backfires and you see these power-hungry leaders quickly fade away.

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.