Every leader has a voice. Each voice is unique. That’s what makes it such a crying shame when you and other leaders fail to speak up.
You have a unique way of communicating your message. The way you share and the way you tell stories, you do in such a way that no one can copy you.
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And it’s awesome. It’s unique. It’s you!
Your Voice Connects People
More than having a unique voice, your voice does something no one else can. Your voice will connect people to your message. This comes from your unique perspective and communication style.
You might communicate loud and brash. Or you might be meek and mild. Still, you could fall somewhere in-between.
Wherever you fall in your communication style, someone connects with the way you communicate. This is powerful stuff. Read more...
There’s been a lie going around the leadership circles. The lie is that leaders are loners. They don’t need anyone else. They can do things all by themselves. The truth is, leaders need others. Leaders are better together.
While I was out for a nighttime winter run with my dog Lok, I began to think about how I was a better runner because he was with me. Our time running in the snow enlightened me to the following leadership facts.
Leaders Are Better Together
Having someone with you challenges you to be better:
The run Lok and I went on was only 3.3 miles. Yet I was huffing and puffing minutes into the run. I wanted to turn tail and head home, head hung in defeat. But when I took a look at Lok, he was still going strong. Read more...
Do you dream of having hundreds, no thousands, no millions of followers? People who will listen to what you have to say and follow every piece of advice you lay out before them?
This sounds like a dream come true. With a huge following, you’ve made it to the big time. Everyone wants a piece of you.
One of my recent TV addictions has been the TV show The Following. The protagonist is Joe Carroll, an author, teacher, and serial killer. He’s also generated a massive following from behind bars.
His followers include police officers, school teachers, nannies, and more.
Carroll’s followers rival anything I’ve ever seen before. You can’t turn anywhere in this TV universe without running into one of them.
For Carroll, this was a partial Nirvana. He had people who loved and adored him. Read more...
Have you ever worked within a youth group? It’s an amazing experience. Teenagers and students bring such varied personalities to the table you never know what to expect.
One day everything is sunshine and roses. The next it’s doom and gloom.
It’s hard to keep your expectations positive at times.
I know this isn’t something that’s only experienced when working with youths. Adults can be just as finicky and have the same kind of mood swings.
Yet I think having positive expectations is key to leading well.
Having positive expectations changes situations. It changes people.
My wife and I have seen it first hand in dealing with the students in our youth group.
After having a rough night with the students, our expectations can easily drop. Then, when we come back the following week, we’ve brought those expectations with us. Read more...
Blogging has been a great experience for me. I’ve been able to share leadership ideas and more with you, my readers. It’s been a fun but bumpy ride.
Through trial and error, I’m learning what works and what doesn’t. Today, I’d like to share the keys to building a loyal blog following with you.
Why You Should Build A Loyal Blog Following
If you’re serious about blogging, I believe you should be serious about building a loyal following. Why? Because you’re writing for someone and that someone should be listening.
While writing can be therapeutic, there should also be a point behind it. For me, it’s been to build a loyal following that I can influence with the leadership insights I’ve gained over time. Your reason may be different. Read more...