What separates leaders who maximize their potential from those who have a lot of promise but never fulfill it? It’s three words: strengths, weaknesses, and blindspots. We all have them, but the leaders who truly live significant lives have learned to utilize their strengths, weaknesses, and blindspots for maximum influence and effectiveness. They do this by refining their strengths, compensating for their weaknesses, and minimizing their blindspots.
In order to help you maximize your potential, I’ve compiled a four-part video leadership training series that will help you do just that: refine your strengths, compensate for your weaknesses, and minimize your blindspots. Just click on the links below to start maximizing your potential.
Most addictions like alcohol and drug abuse are frowned upon and fortunately, there are many ways to seek help and treatment. But those are not the addictions I’m talking about today.
Within the last 25 years or so, there has been an addiction that has grown exponentially, plaguing millions of Americans. And even though this addiction will eventually kill one’s leadership, influence, relationships, and career, as a society we actually are enablers and reward it.
So what is this socially acceptable addiction?
Working too much leads to burnout. Working 50, 60, and 70 hours each week has become the norm.
How do you battle this addiction? Take time off.
Taking time off does two things:
Increases your energy and mood
Getting enough sleep is one way to recharge. But also try to find hobbies or activities that energize and replenish you.
Good leaders prioritize this practice. Not only will you benefit, but so will your family, and those you lead.
Alright, it’s time to get practical. Think about activities that you can do daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly to recharge your batteries. Break it down even further, it makes it easier. Let yourself dream a little. Make yourself three lists (I’ve given you an idea to get started):
What is one thing you can do in the evenings? (Mine: go on a date with my wife, or read a book.)
What is one thing you want to do this weekend to have fun? (I’d choose a day at the park.)
Monthly and yearly (Top of my list: a trip to a zoo, and an annual getaway with my family.)
What are your thoughts on working too much? Are the dangers exaggerated or is this a real problem for our society? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Today is National Dog Day, and I’m celebrating this canine holiday by sharing three leadership lessons I’ve learned from my dog, Rudy, over the years. Rudy is my 11.5 year old English Springer Spaniel. I got him when he was only one month old.
In the last two sessions, I shared about what Rudy has taught me about significance and strength. I’ve linked those sessions in the Resources section below. Today, I’m sharing the third lesson that I’ve learned from Rudy, about the antidote to one of the greatest leadership killers.
One of the greatest leadership killers is bitterness.
The antidote is forgiveness. We must learn to forgive unconditionally.
Don’t harbor bitterness. Holding grudges or having pent up bitterness is a cancer to our soul, relationships, and leadership.
A good leader recognizes that we don’t have to dwell on what happened. We can process it, learn from it, and then move on.
Today’s Game Plan calls for some reflection. Think through this: who in your life have you not forgiven? A good test is what emotions or words come to your mind when you think of that person. If it is negative, then you haven’t forgiven them.
You need to forgive them in your heart first and then you might even need to talk to them about how they have wronged you. And seek restoration.
Can you be considered a great leader and be easily offended? Why or why not? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
National Dog Day is just a few days away, and I’m celebrating this canine holiday by sharing a few lessons that my dog, Rudy, has taught me over the years. Rudy is my 11.5 year old English Springer Spaniel. I got him when he was only one month old.