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Leadership is an honor. It’s often a title or role that gets bestowed upon us without our choosing to lead.

But to lead effectively, we must choose to lead and run with the title given to us. This can be daunting and we’ll have questions.

In fact, I think there are 3 questions we must ask ourselves before choosing to lead.

These 3 questions will make a huge difference once you’ve made the choice.

You’ll have a firm foundation for leading. You’ll have answers for leading. You’ll have a reason for leading.

Question #1: The first question you MUST ask yourself is WHY do I want to lead?

Simon Sinek is a big proponent of starting with WHY. When you’ve settled on a WHY, your WHY will guide and direct you.

“I’m So Stressed Out!”

Stress fits into your life

Image by JD Hancock

We’ve all heard that before. In fact, we’ve all said that before. There comes a time when life seems to start piling up and we become overwhelmed with all that we have to do. It’s our friends and family who require so much attention, or work that seems to never get quiet, or our own personal demons that constantly push us to try to achieve more than we can. And adding on top of that is our quest to fit our passions in our lives.

Stress is a very real feeling, and I can’t say that it’s completely wrong. We can believe all we want that stress is just a poor coping mechanism, but good luck finding someone who doesn’t feel stressed from time to time.

We’ve been told time and time again that curiosity killed the cat. Sure, it may be the case in a few instances. When you’re curious, dangers can arise.

But there’s something much worse that leaders should fear.

Curiosity won’t be the killer of most leaders. That falls at the feet of a true killer.

Leaders must be cautious of complacency.

What Is Complacency?

Complacency, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is:

Self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies

Think about the definition for a few moments. Let it sink in. Is this what you want?

The Dangers of Complacency

Leaders are called leaders for a reason. They get out there and blaze a new trail. Leaders take their staff to new heights.

Progress Not Arrival

October 17, 2012 — 13 Comments

We set our goals and begin working towards them. Making progress and hopefully checking the goal off of our list.

But what happens when you never arrive at the end of the goal? Should you be happy with the progress not the arrival?

Cape Point Distance Sign

Image by Alan Green

I’ve set many goals for my life and find myself not completing the goal. Instead, going off the path and going towards another shiny object or giving up on the goal altogether.

It’s got me thinking “Is this such a bad thing?”

I’ll have to say it all depends on what the purpose of your goal was.

Was it to actually accomplish the goal? Or was it to make progress in your life? To improve yourself?

If it’s the latter, I’d wager to say that it’s not a bad thing.

This is a guest post by Adam Rico. He is a corporate recruiter and career coach. Adam helps people feel fully alive by doing work they love. You can read his blog Work You Enjoy and follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

There’s something your boss probably hasn’t told you.

Odds are they don’t like what they do for a living.

Disengaged Employee

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According to a recent Gallup poll, 71% of workers are “disengaged” with their jobs.

This statistic includes all employees, managers, directors, supervisors, CEO’s and anyone who is a leader.

However, imagine if all leaders loved what they do every day.

How might that change an organization?

How might that change the work environment?

How might that change your work and your life?

It can happen.

It starts with you.