I’m excited for my good friend Dan Black. Today marks the release of his new book The Leadership Mandate.
Last week I had the great opportunity to sit down and chat with Dan via Google Hangouts. Check out the interview below.
During the Google Chat, we discussed:
What caused us to take a path towards personal development
How mentors/coaches have impacted our lives
I hope this gets you excited for his book. I’ve personally read it and believe it’s a call all leaders need to answer.
During the first week of the book launch, September 30th through October 7th, Dan pulled together 6 great resources that will help you as you journey to be the leader you were meant to be.
When you order your book during this time, you’ll receive:
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It happened again a few weeks ago. A Christian leader I follow on Twitter and whom I respect a lot, tweeted something quite unfriendly that was obviously meant as a direct message. He deleted it about a minute later, but the damage had been done already, at least with me. He wasn’t who I thought he was, because otherwise he would have never written something so ugly.
Having one consistent identity has always been a challenge for leaders. Everyone knows the stories of leaders who were easygoing and loved outside, but a complete nightmare to their families.
With the rise of social media, fining and maintaining that one identity has become even more of a challenge. Authentic leadership requires us to be the same person at home, at work, in the church and online. Including those instances where we think nobody is watching us. But how many of us really have one identity? Read more...
There’s an age old saying that goes: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. For the most part, I agree with this saying. There’s nothing wrong with letting things stay at the status quo, as long as you’re good not seeing change.
However, for those that want to improve themselves, they know things need to change. And sometimes you need to break yourself to improve yourself.
Writing those words were hard for me. I know breaking myself is not something that I find pleasurable. I’m sure you’re feeling the same way.
Whether it’s from feeling that you’re okay as you are or the discomfort change can bring, we so very often don’t want to change. We don’t want to struggle with the next step. And we don’t want the pain change can bring. Read more...
Our lives are filled with numerous choices. And every choice has multiple outcomes.
With all the possible outcomes, have you found yourself worrying? Wondering whether or not you’ve made the right choice or maximized the potential of the situation?
Worry has a funny way of doing that to us. Making us doubt our decisions and the direction we’re going.
I hope you’re ready to get rid of the worry, because that’s where we’re heading today.
The Problem With Worry
Worry is a powerful emotion. It can quickly grab control of us and spin our lives out of control.
Worry is a destroyer of dreams. Worry is a destroyer of potential. Worry is a destroyer of life.
According to WebMD, worry even has a negative effect on your body.
Worry often gives a small thing a great shadow.
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The world tends to praise the extrovert. The outgoing. The person stealing the show.
And the introvert gets relegated to second fiddle. And forgotten about.
It’s time we change our perception of the introvert.
Sure, they’re quiet and don’t do well in crowds. That doesn’t mean introverts don’t rock at leadership.
If you don’t know, introverts are typically more concerned with matters of the mind. They may avoid social situations and being around people can drain their energy. Often, they’ll come across as being self-centered or uncaring.
Hearing this, you may think introverts wouldn’t make a great leader. I think you’re wrong.
The traits of an introvert can serve a leader well.
Introverts are deep thinkers: Introverts tend to revert back into their mind to process all of the information they’ve consumed. They take the time to go over EVERYTHING. Read more...