I’ve never met a leader who says he longs to be forgotten. He wants to be remembered. And what does he want to be remembered for? Every leader wants to be remembered for being effective.
Yet there are so many leaders who struggle with being effective.
They flounder trying to get their teams to follow them. They lack the ability to move their vision forward. And they never get anything done.
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But what causes this leadership ineffectiveness? Previously, I’d shared 5 reasons your leadership is ineffective. Those 5 reasons were:
You fail to listen to your team
You fail to do what you say
You fail to cast a clear vision
You fail to influence
You fail to communicate clearly Read more...
If you listen to conventional leadership wisdom, there’s two things that don’t go hand in hand. Those two things are leadership and entertainment.
So many of the big named personal development and leadership bloggers strongly discourage readers from partaking in watching TV, going to the movie theater, listening to music, and other forms of entertainment.
I bought into this for the longest time. I stopped watching TV, going to the movies, and listening to music. All of this was eschewed for the consumption of leadership and personal development materials.
But after years of consumption, I realized something wasn’t right. I was missing something from my life. The joy I previously had was gone…
Why I Write On Leadership And Entertainment
So, what’s the reason I write on leadership and entertainment? When I discovered what was missing from my life (small bursts of joy through the arts) I took a look at what was going on. Read more...
The art of asking questions seems to be dead. Finding someone who asks great questions, ever more scarce than finding someone who asks questions.
There’s something sad about that. I’ve found something fascinating.
Those who are serious about learning are always asking questions. And they’re asking specific types of questions.
Be A Question Asker
The funny thing is, I can be one of those people who struggle to ask questions. I’m fearful.
I’m scared that people will think I’m dumb. Or that I don’t understand what’s going on.
My wife is different. She loves to ask questions. She’s fearless that way.
She’ll ask questions about characters in movies. She’ll ask questions about Bible passages. She’ll ask questions about anything that comes to her mind.
Be like my wife. Be a question asker. Read more...
Heading into leadership, you’re starry eyed and hopeful. You have great ambition. And you know you’re going to get things done.
Then reality hits. Leadership is hard. Harder than you expected at least.
When you entered leadership, you didn’t know everything. You still don’t.
But there are some key things every leader must know.
I love leadership. It’s a lot of fun with a huge portion of challenge tossed in.
You’re interacting with others. You’re helping people become the best version of they can be. And you’re changing the world.
Then reality hits. There’s the leadership obstacles no one told you about. Then you become discouraged.
Today, I want to share with you the things I’ve come to realize every leader must know.
8 Things Every Leader Must Know
1. Leadership isn’t about you:
Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way. We’re often led to believe that leadership is about the leader. Read more...
Every leader should constantly be looking to enhance their leadership skills. Without growth, you’re dead in the leadership game.
That’s why you must continue to learn and expand your skills.
We can quickly enhance our leadership skills by doing the following 4 things:
4 Quick Ways To Enhance Your Leadership Skills
- Begin leading right nowWant to increase your leadership skills? Stop lurking in the background and begin leading today. There are multiple non-profit organizations that are looking for men and women to step up and lead. Offer your services to one of these organizations and let your time serving help increase your leadership skills.
- Never stop learningYou’ve got to continue learning to increase your skills.
Plenty of books have been written about leadership. Study the greats like Michael Hyatt, Dale Carnegie, John Maxwell, and more. These men have created content that you can consume and use.
Attend conferences and workshops. These events offer multiple opportunities to hear from the best and brightest. Go there and learn!
If you stop learning once you’ve got your degree or title, you’re not going to lead for long.