Don’t Arrive At The Top By Yourself

The drive to succeed beats within all of us. Some feel the thump of success more than others.

You’re one of those that get into the rhythm and feel the desire. You’re wired for success.

You want to see dreams come true and missions accomplished.

In our pursuit to rise to the top and succeed, we run the risk of arriving at the top alone. It’s one of the reasons many “successful” leaders say leadership is lonely.

They leave a trail of broken relationships in their wake.

A Trail Of Bodies

Have you seen leaders who will do anything to get to where they’re going?

We’ve seen examples of this in other businesses. Enron. WorldComm. And others

Their leadership left a trail of bodies and broken relationships. Though at one point they were considered the top in their fields.

5 Reasons Your Leadership Is Ineffective

Everyone wants to be effective as a leader. You want to have a team that will accomplish the task set before them. However, many leadership struggle to be effective.

I believe there’s five areas leaders struggle with and which causes ineffective leadership. Most of the times ineffective leadership slowly slips in. Before we know it, we’re wondering why no one is following anymore.

When we discover our leadership is ineffective, you might say our leadership is as useless as a screen door on a submarine (Thanks for the beautiful words Rich Mullins).

What are these reasons you ask? Well, here are my top 5 reasons on why your leadership is ineffective.

How To Take Your Influence To The Next Level

“Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.”
–John Maxwell

Around eight months ago, I was reading about blogging. I had been doing it off and on for some time, but I was starting to get more serious about it.

As I was reading, I stumbled onto a book called Engagement from Scratch, by Danny Iny. In it I found a chapter by Marcus Sheridan of We had talked over the phone earlier in the year and he had given me some advice about blogging. The chapter was about commenting on other blogs to grow your platform.

Around the same time I was listening to the audio version of Crush It, by Gary Vaynerchuk. In Crush It, Gary lays out a strategy to help you grow your platform that also includes commenting on other blogs.

Discover Your Leadership Style Through The Chick-Fil-A Leadercast App

Chick-Fil-A has done a terrific job with their Leadercast conference. They provide top notch speakers, a great atmosphere, and a chance to see the even all around the country.

This year they’ve released a fun and entertaining app called the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast App. It’s full of helpful information.

The Leadercast App will assess your leadership style, provide 7 tips to simplify, and allow you to find the nearest location that is broadcasting the 2013  Chick-Fil-A Leadercast event. Check out the Leadercast App below.

Now that you’ve taken the Leadercast Leader assessment, what was your leadership style? Chick-Fil-A said mine was The Visionary. I’m not sure this was accurate, what about you?

Whatever the results, I’d like to encourage you to attend the 2013 Chick-Fil-A Leadercast. They have an amazing lineup of speakers. By attending the event or one of the satellite locations, you will learn from great leaders including:

3 Ways To Create Relationships As A Leader

Relationships are an essential part of leadership. They connect you to other leaders, expand your influence, and allow you access to mentors.

You can’t go wrong in forging relationships.

Image via Mark Sebastion

Image via Mark Sebastion

And yet many leaders struggle with relationships. Either they don’t want them or they don’t know how to create relationships.

Let’s try to solve this issue today.

I’ve discovered three techniques that will make it a breeze to build relationships with other leaders and members of your tribe. Let’s get started!

1. Make yourself available: A big hindrance to building quality relationships is many leaders refuse to make themselves available to others. These leaders want to be an island unto themselves. Forging ahead and being the lone ranger.

However, this creates a problem. You’re not reaching out to others and offering your talents. You’re keeping it all to yourself.