Three Ways To Better Navigate Turbulence

Whenever people tell me they want to be a leader, I always ask them ‘why’? Leadership isn’t easy. It’s usually pretty thankless. People will always have a list of things you should be doing better. And, of course, what’s on some people’s lists (listen better) is not on others (speak up more).

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Leadership turbulence and how to face it

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Leadership is a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. When things go right, your team will get the credit but when things go wrong, you’ll take the blame. And by the way, everyone will tell you that you should be happy about that (when inside, you’re in need of recognition as much as the next person). Yes, leadership is gratifying. It’s amazing to see people blossom and to be able to guide and shape direction. I absolutely love leading, but I would be lying if I didn’t say that there are days when I wish I didn’t feel as passionately about leadership. It might make life a little less complicated.

Setbacks Aren’t Permanent. Sometimes They’re Needed

A week into my training for the Grand Rapids Marathon I’m running to raise money to help children in Africa have access to clean water (you can help by going HERE and donating any amount you’re able to), I was on the sideline. I couldn’t run.

It’s not that I didn’t want to run. I did… Oh, did I ever. So did Lok.

Man holding a pair of Nike running shoes

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For some odd reason, my body craves to be on the road. My feet pounding the pavement. My shoes putting on the miles.

But when I switched from my Brooks Ravenna 8s (I sadly can no longer run in my barefoot shoes) to the Brooks Ravenna 9s, something happened. The shoes had undergone a big enough change between models that my running style was impacted. Not only that, my legs and feet began to ache.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

A Reel Leadership Article

Pam and I were planning on seeing the new Tom Cruise movie Mission Impossible: Fallout this past weekend with our Moviepass accounts. However, due to the recent troubles Moviepass has faced, the movie we’d desired to see was blocked out from our account. This meant we had to choose another movie this weekend.

Teen Titans on time machine trikes - DC Comics animated movie Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Leadership Lessons

That movie was the DC Comics animated movie Teen Titans Go! To The Movies. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies brings the most recent Teen Titans cartoon to the big screen. This series is not as serious as the previous Teen Titans cartoon or the upcoming R-Rated Teen Titans live-action streaming series on the DC Universe streaming service.

Instead of being serious or dark, Teen Titans Go! plays up the sidekick superheroes as immature, childish, and selfish. This made for a fun time at the theater. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies also provided many leadership lessons. In this week’s Reel Leadership, we’re going to look at the leadership lessons from Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.

Why You Want To Become A Disciplined Leader

The Disciplined Leader Series

Becoming a disciplined leader takes hard work. You can see that through the previous articles in The Disciplined Leaders series.

You have to work hard to become disciplined. But the payoff is well worth the effort.

This is why you want to become a disciplined leader

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Something amazing happens when you become a disciplined leader. You become a leader worth following.

The disciplined leader has shown he is worthy to be followed. Because he can follow.

There’s also another reason you want to become a disciplined leader. As you become disciplined, you learn truths. You discover things about yourself you never knew before.

Why You Want To Become A Disciplined Leader

You begin to discover:

1. You don’t have to listen to your feelings

Your feelings can get you into trouble if you listen to them and give in to every whim you have. Your feelings will tell you that you’re hurt or angry or can’t go on. Those feelings are a lie.

The Disciplines Of A Healthy Leader

The Disciplined Leader Series

Healthy leaders are disciplined leaders. They know they have to take their thoughts captive and break their will. To be truly disciplined is to be broken but whole.

At first glance, this doesn’t make sense. How can someone be broken yet whole?

What disciplines does a healthy leader have?

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The healthy and disciplined leader realizes he’s already broken. In this brokenness, he can be whole if he allows himself to be.

Through the brokenness, the healthy leader realizes he must become more disciplined. By bringing his mind, heart, soul, and body to discipline, he is able to begin to mend the brokenness of his humanity.

The Disciplines Of A Healthy Leader

While you may know you’re broken, you may not know what disciplines you need to undertake to begin the healing process. These disciplines will break you more but they will also heal you faster than you could imagine.