Metanoia For Today’s Organizational Leader

I heard the term “metanoia” used in a sermon recently.  It means to transform in one’s way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion.  The priest used the term in the context of using the Lenten season to last beyond just the 40 days of Lent.  He simplified the term to mean to change yourself on the “inside” and then your behaviors and actions to become a better person and a person more in alignment with God’s plan for what He really wants us to be.  This change is accomplished through actions on the person’s part, hard work, and real effort, not just through “wishing/hoping” to change.  Metanoia is first a change of heart that then drives a change in behaviors.  It is an external change (actions) driven by an internal change.

5 Books Leaders Should Read In April 2021

It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of March. April is just around the corner. And you know what that means.

Today is the day I bring you 5 books leaders should read in the following month. The lists can range from great non-fiction business books to books on faith to fiction books that you might enjoy.

Grab a pen and start making your list for the books you’ll grab next month.

5 Books Leaders Should Read In April 2021

1. On Purpose With Purpose: Discovering How to Live Your Best Life by John Ramstead:

I actually thought of holding off on listing this book until next month but I wanted to make sure On Purpose With Purpose is on your radar.

John has written an amazing book here. Using his time in the United States Air Force to share his thoughts on leadership, On Purpose With Purpose helps you to see the connections.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Iron Man

Logo for Reel Leadership

Today, we’re going back to what started everything for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The 2008 film, Iron Man, started Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From there, the universe expanded to 23 movies ranging from the Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Avengers, Ant-Man, and Spider-Man.

The Universe has coalesced into something amazing. It is every Marvel fanboy’s dream come true.

I think it is also every good movie lover’s dream come true.

Robert Downey Junior as Iron Man in Iron Man 1

Seeing the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is breathtaking, even if it is a bit dated. Iron Man starts the Universe and weaves threads that would lead to future initiatives.

Today, we’re going to look at the leadership lessons in Iron Man. Suit up; it’s going to be a ride!

Build Upon The Simple

The higher up in an organization you move, the easier it is to lose sight of the simple things that make an organization run… Or that make a person into leadership material.

Think about a person entering their first job. They’re not prepared to lead. They may not even be prepared for the job at hand.

However, they’re able to show up on time. They’re able to wear the correct uniform. And they have their name tag on.

Those are simple things. They’re also wins and something you can build upon.

Build Upon The Simple

In her book Crush Your Career, Dee Ann Turner mentions finding your first job. How things like showing up on time, wearing the proper uniform, and having your name tag on are the basics. She also mentions you can build on them.

When You’re Scared…

Leading is less of a science and more of a practice. Sure, there are the basics of leadership. The fundamentals. The things you need to know.

Then there are the trials and challenges of leadership. These are the pieces of leadership that truly test your ability to lead.

Man holding his hands out in front of him in fear

Photo by M.T ElGassier on Unsplash

When facing the trials of leadership, you may become scared.

What do you do when you find yourself in a place of fear? In a place where you don’t know what to do?

Don’t freak out. Don’t miss your opportunity.

When you’re scared, this is the time to take advantage of it.

Let’s take a look at 4 things you can do when you’re scared as a leader.

When You’re Scared…

1. Take a deep breath:

Being scared puts you on edge. You can be tempted to act impulsively. Don’t do this.