Make it Your Own

We all go to conferences, read books, listen to podcasts, and surf social media. We learn principles every day. However, just because you learn something doesn’t mean you can automatically…

  • Make it Your Own

    We all go to conferences, read books, listen to podcasts, and surf social media. We learn principles every day. However, just because you learn something doesn’t mean you can automatically teach it to others.

    Many people teach material they haven’t yet made their own. We must take principles we learn and make them our own before teaching them to others. Live it out! Chew on it. Make it personal for yourself. Until then, it’ll only be theoretical knowledge. Once you make it your own, you have power behind the principles you’ve learned.

  • A Deadly Love

    Narcissism is when you fall in love with yourself, and consider yourself more important than any other person or responsibility around you. Unfortunately, I see narcissism camouflaged as humility. It is hard for narcissists to see their own pride in the mirror.

    Narcissism presents challenges because people feel ignored and unable to say anything to the leader about it. I encourage you, as a leader, to think of yourself—but not so highly that you dishonor and minimize others. Take good inventory of yourself; a narcissist leader is always going to fall.

  • Meeting Your Leaders

    All of us want to meet certain people in life. I’ve got my list. You’ve got your list. The probability is that I won’t get to meet everyone on my list. And yet, I can still “meet” every one of them. How? I become their student. I listen to them. I follow them. I read what they write. I observe the decisions that they make. My challenge to you today is to identify three leaders you want to meet, find out all you can about them, and learn from them. You may not be able to get into their presence, but you can still benefit from their wisdom. Make your list. Become a student. Meet the leaders you’ve always wanted to meet.

  • Power vs. Authority

    Power and authority are distinctly different from one another.  Someone can have power in your life, but no authority. Somebody can have authority in your life, but no power. Somebody can have power and authority in your life. Power is title-driven and positional: people can intimidate you or hold things over you when they have power. Authority, however, is earned. When you invest in others, they authorize you to have influence in their lives. What will you do in the next few days to gain authority by investing in those around you? Most people simply lead from power. You can lead with authority!

  • A Time and Place to be Transparent

    Some people are more opaque than transparent– they don’t share much of their private lives. Others are so transparent, they share too much. Transparency for its own sake isn’t healthy, necessarily. However, transparency for the sake of organizational growth gives you purpose.
    As a leader, when you’re preparing to be transparent, ask yourself this question: ‘Why am I being transparent in this situation?’ Once you discover the answer to this question, you can leverage your transparency to bring transformation.
  • Keep Your Hands on the Wheel

    “Complacency happens when you look at what you’ve built, admire it, take your hand off the steering wheel, and put your endeavor into autopilot. Complacency says, “I have arrived.” Look out! This way of thinking assumes a static status quo: you will always remain the same if you operate from this perspective. However, when you see life as dynamic—never steady, consistently moving and changing—you will never take your hands off the wheel. We’ve all seen organizations and churches lose what they’ve built because of complacency. Fight this tendency in yourself to accept a false security, and always stay alert and ready for what’s coming next.”

  • Into Orbit: Learning How to Lead and Follow

    In my role, I have the privilege of being in rooms with many amazing leaders. I see so many of them who no longer understand how to follow. Every leader must know both how to lead and how to follow. Think about it this way: a rocket ship takes off with the assistance of booster rockets, right? Your booster rocket is your ability to follow others—that’s what puts you into orbit as a leader. Just as every follower someday emerges into a leader, every leader must remember how to follow. This is a symbiotic relationship that has to be cultivated and maintained. So, my question for you today is this: Who are you following—who is your leader?

  • Don’t Hurry Towards Certainty

    Nobody likes to be uncertain. However, I want to encourage you to embrace that place of not knowing all the answers. You see, as soon as you are certain about a course of action, alternative options are removed from your mind. Certainty narrows our perspective in this way. Uncertainty widens our perspective. If embraced, uncertainty can provide solutions you never considered possible. Eventually, you will be certain; but don’t be in a hurry to get there.

  • How to Engage Emerging Leaders

    My two daughters are engaged in my businesses. They bring a different skill set and way of thinking to the table than I do. How do we engage emerging leaders and make use of their unique contributions? We must be willing to embrace their perspectives. All my life, I have been telling my daughters what to do; now, I must listen when they say, “Dad, let’s do it this way instead.” Otherwise, I will never engage with them. Engaging emerging leaders means making room for what they bring to you table: their contributions will take you where you want to go.

  • Authenticity

    Authentic means “this is it.” I travel to different parts of the world and try to collect as many souvenirs as I can. Every one of you was born with a fake and authentic radar. I’m a leadership consultant and organizations call me in to do something you can already do yourself: listening to one’s radar. Authenticity is a key attribute that leaders should hold. Here is how it applies to you as a leader.

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