Be the leader you had

Think of who you are and where you come from. Now, think about how you got here. Who helped you along the way?

All of us have someone. I certainly do. That person, or persons, who marked a defining part of our life. They made a mark or impression on you that forever changed who you were as a person and your outlook on life.

Be that person…

Those you lead are looking for their someone, knowingly or unknowingly, to mark their journey. Be available. Be honest. Be approachable. BE that influencer.

You want to be a great leader? Be the great leader you had.

#impression #availability #influencer #impact

Don’t Fear Disappointment

We cannot always bat a thousand, but you sure better try. Sounds obvious, right?

Of course our goal as leaders today is to provide the opportunity for every person we lead to succeed. To overcome obstacles and hurdles others wouldn’t dream of crossing. Every Leader reading this can attest to the fact that a lot of those employees cement a place in your heart professionally and personally. Because you gave so much. And they in turn proved themselves, and you, worthy of the battle. You same Leaders can also confirm that the fear of having a mentee fail is overwhelmingly terrifying.

I preach that we should all lead with everything we have. We should put every ounce of effort into our teams and their progression. Sacrificial management. So failure is inevitably… terrifying. No shame in that.

On that note, many, many managers feel like by avoiding the difficult employees, by taking the “sure bet,” you’re saving yourself and those around you from a world of disappointment and let down. And unfortunately some do it to avoid judgement by peers when failure shows it’s ugly face.

Now… here is where real Leaders and Managers differentiate themselves. You must be willing to be let down. You must be able to overcome the disappointment and know that you gave every person looking up to you everything you had. No one likes having their heart broken. Of course not. But to really feel satisfied with yourself and your skills as a leader, you can’t just pick the lowest hanging fruit. Give the effort necessary to help those that need the extra mile. Because, trust me. If you don’t, you could be missing the best fruit of all….

Strive To Be Humble

Try to find more humility this week. I constantly find myself using first person pronouns way too often during my daily conversations. Join me in making a more conscious effort to ask genuine questions about others and those you meet, rather than telling others about yourself. Listen more intently. Everyone deserves a chance to be heard. Try and learn something from everyone you interact with.