When I first moved into a leadership role my passions overpowered my leadership abilities. I was naive about what it required to be an effective leader. However, through my personal growth and hands on experience I quickly learned what it would take for me, a young leader, to be successful in my role.
Knowing and adapting some irrefutable leadership principles into your life will position you toward being a successful leader. I would like to share with you 5 keys that will help you be a successful leader.
1. Self-leadership– To be successful and effective in a leadership role requires being able to lead yourself successfully. Chinese philosopher Kao Tzu said, “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” Start by learning about your unique self, your personality, strengths, and emotional tendencies. After you know yourself begin to manage your actions and attitude. This will show people you are worth following. Read more...
That day was a special day, I was sixteen years old and getting my very first pager (yes, you read that right). I had saved up for a month, which was a miracle back then and ready to enter the “digital age.”
Driving home with my new pager on my hip was exciting, people now had the ability to reach me anywhere. It didn’t take long for the excitement to wear off though because shortly after I got that pager, cell phones started to become popular.
Great, now I had to save for a cell phone! Once I got that cell phone, newer and better cell phones were released. You know how it goes with technology, something newer and better is released just as you get the older version. Read more...
If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
Thrive (verb) – grow vigorously; make steady progress.
A few years back, I found myself stuck in a rut. It wasn’t that I was living destructively, nor was I unhappy. But I was just drifting.
And the thing about drifting is we don’t just sit there, we go backward not forward.
When you shut off the engine of a boat in the middle of a lake, the boat drifts – and it usually drifts away from your destination.
If we desire to lead effectively, then we need to be intentional about thriving.
Now thriving does not mean perfection; rather it involves movement and steady progress.
So what are some steps we can take to thrive:
1. Be a reader.
You’ve heard it said: if you’re not reading, you aren’t leading. Read more...
Have you ever been around someone who would move to world to help a brother out? These people seem to be rare these days.
When you find them, you want to make sure the friendship lasts. You know there’s something special about them.
They know you should help people. It’s the right thing to do. What about you?
People who are willing to help are people magnets. Everyone wants to be around a person like that.
Their desire to help people shines a beacon. And they deserve the attention they get.
Two friends come to mind when I think about people who are extraordinary helpers. First is my coworker Jim.
Jim’s a guy who’s always looking to help someone out. Whether it’s opening his home to a person in need or fixing my latest automotive disaster, Jim’s right there to help. Read more...