Why Every Leader Needs A Hobby

With so much of our day spent dealing with the problems that arise from leading others, it is easy to think you don’t have time for a hobby. It’s a fallacy many leaders fall into. Failing to have a hobby is also one of the reasons many leaders stumble and face burnout.

I was reminded of this as I listened to Adam Grant’s new book Power Moves. In it, one of the Davos attendees he talks to David Solomon, the CEO of Goldman Sachs.

Person fishing in a lake with a silver and black fishing pole

Photo by Alan BishopDavid Solomon isn’t the straight-laced CEO you might think of when you think of Goldman Sachs. Outside of work, David spends his free time on his hobby: DJing at clubs and events. He goes by the name of DJ D-Sol and rocks clubs all around the world.

5 Ways To Strengthen Relationships

Relationships Matter

As a leader, you know relationships matter. They’re all around you from your family relationships, business relationships, and friendship relationships.

You can’t avoid relationships. But you can do something. You can ignore the important relationships in your life and watch those important relationships slip away.

You have to strengthen your relationships

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Knowing you, you don’t want that to happen. You want to strengthen those relationships you cherish.

Let’s take a look at how you can strengthen those relationships today.

5 Ways To Strengthen Relationships

1. Lead with integrity:

Integrity means being honest, upright, doing the right thing. Having integrity as the basis of any relationship, whether that’s business or personal or family, is where you need to start when strengthening relationships.

The firm foundation of integrity does more than give you peace of mind. It gives you boundaries for what you are willing to do in a relationship.

The Best Time To Plant A Tree

An ancient Chinese proverb tells us that the best time to plant a tree was 20 ago. The second best time to plant a tree is now.

Such wise words that have carried through time. Yet we disregard this piece of knowledge time and again.

It's never too late to learn

How many times have you said: Ughh… I should have studied harder in school? Or I wish I would have learned how to play guitar when I was younger?

We’ve all got hobbies we wish we would have pursued years ago. If we had, we might have become talented in our pursuit.

But we didn’t. We can’t go back in time and change the fact we didn’t pursue something we love. We can change something else…

The Best Time Was Years Ago. The New Best Time Is Now

Whether it’s a hobby you failed to pursue or training in your chosen field, you’re older than you have ever been. You have the knowledge that you have. And you can’t change that.

Who You Are Matters

Being a leader, you’re often in the spotlight. You’ve got people watching you from every which way.

Your team is looking to you for leadership advice. The outside world is looking to see if you live up to the standards of a leader. Your family is conscious of how you lead them.

What hobbies do you have?

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You can begin feeling like you’re a leader and nothing else.

But that’s not the truth. Our lives are compromised of so much more than our position as a leader.

You Are More Than A Leader

 

While the majority of your day to day duties may deal with leadership duties, you know deep down you’ve got more to offer the world. Heck, you want more from the world than to only lead.

We were created with desires. Desires to:

Have fun

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6 Ways Leaders Continue To Grow

Our pursuit of growth shouldn’t end when we graduate high school or college. Nor should it end when we are bestowed with the title of leadership.

No, leaders must be intentional about their growth.

Young leaders may wonder what can they do to continue their growth. They’ve already taken the courses that were required. They’ve pursued higher education. They’ve gone to training.

Truth be told, there’s a lot we can do to continue to grow. In this post you’ll discover 6 ways leaders can continue growing.

How To Continue Growing

1. Discover Mentors: One of the quickest ways to grow is to find a mentor for your life. Leaders know there are many different areas of their lives that could use improvement. You can find mentors for almost any area of life you want to grow in.