Become a Leader of Leaders

Leadership can mean many things. We can lead our own lives, projects, and teams. Yet many individuals aspire to more. So how does an individual become a leader of leaders? From my discussions with senior leaders in a variety of companies, here are three areas to start:

  • Check your ego at the door. Realize that up and coming individuals could surpass your own level of accomplishment – and this is both a testament to your and the other person.
  • Go all in. Share what you know generously and often. This will help you strengthen your own skills and talents while helping others do the same.
  • Set boundaries. While it’s wonderful to be a mentor, choose who you help, how, and how much.

Have a great day,

Being Important

I was listening to an audio book yesterday and the author was talking about how everyone wants to be important. Well, that’s not really the whole story. What most people want is to feel important – which cannot be done in a vacuum. It can only happen in the context of interacting with others.

So what does this mean for you? If you want to take this on, you can become a mirror to help others see their value. If they “forget” how important they are, just remind them. You will have fun and others will love you for it.

Have a great day,

Leading Success

I was chatting with a friend recently. His company has gone through a merger and the employees of the acquired company is (shall we say) less than cooperative. This man’s frustration is running high because of the lack of action by his new colleagues.

To his credit, my friend realizes that he has been negatively judging his new co-workers and has to stop. Instead, he is looking at places where his preconceived notions can be a pivot point to new and more productive relationships.

Have a great day,

Leading with Power

I have been conducting research about what are key things to lead from a powerful place – whether at home, work, or in your community. One of the most impactful characteristics of powerful leaders is appreciation. My definition of appreciation is gratitude and growth. While gratitude alone is cool, it’s a nice thing, makes individuals feel good about what they provided to you, it’s incomplete.

What makes leaders powerful is the growth or transformational aspect of appreciation. It’s taking challenging (sometimes REALLY challenging) situations and relationships and instead of complaining or blaming others – the person leading with power initiates the change from within. Turning an obstacle into something beneficial expands the person’s confidence, capacity, and credibility – and inspires others to do the same.

So lead a bit more with power and who knows how far you can go?

Best regards,

Pay It Forward To Really Win

I was chatting with someone today who was thrilled to pieces about landing a job at a company he only dreamed could happen. The competition to get into this company is so great that it took this man more than three years to land a position there. He had so many rejections that, at times, he wanted to give up – but he didn’t. In the end, he won.

Yet winning didn’t stop with him. As he was sharing his story, one thing really struck me – and that is this man’s commitment to helping others achieve their goals and dreams. He wants to pay it forward again and again and again.

What an awesome way to live.

Congrats, my friend.

Have a great day,