The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #3

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #3

We are currently in a series on The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders.
 
Today, I’m discussing Habit #3 — and what Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and other successful leaders all have in common.
 

 

Game Plan

Today’s game plan is The 5 Hour Rule. This week, read for one hour, five days a week. Five hours of reading. Think that sounds like a lot? How about these stats:

  • 80 non-sleeping hours in a work week
  • 6% of your time would be reading

Give it a try! What will you read this week? Share with me on social media.

 

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The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #2

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #2

We are currently in a series on the The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders.

Today, I’m discussing Habit #2 and what Michelangelo’s Statute of David can teach us about developing as leaders. 

Game Plan

List off your top five strengths and top three weaknesses. Now, ask three people who know you well the same question. Compare your answers. Then, identify: what is one blind spot that will derail me if I’m not careful?

 

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The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #1

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Habit #1

Last week, I shared what sand dollars and significant leaders have in common and the difference between significance and success. 

In today’s video, we’re discussing Habit #1 and how a road trip can help you become a better leader.

 

Game Plan

 

For any project, role, and even for yourself, ask:

  • “What does success look like?”
  • “What’s the overall goal or outcome?”

You can also do this for your team’s development:  

  • “What does success look like this year?”
  • “Where do they want to be at the end of the year?”

 

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The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Intro

The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders: Intro

In our newest series, The 8 Habits of Highly Significant Leaders, I’m going to share with you the 8 principles that serve as a foundation for significant leaders. And when consistently applied over time, these habits will take your leadership to the next level.

In today’s introductory video, I share the difference between significance and success, what sand dollars and significant leaders have in common, and why it matters.

 

 

Game Plan

Why do you want to become a significant leader?

That’s going to become your motivation, especially when life gets busy and you don’t want to be disciplined in these habits. Let your why give you the inspiration you need to push through.

 

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Diamonds and Personal Development

Diamonds and Personal Development

What does personal development mean to you?

Just like the formation of a diamond, personal development can be a mysterious process. And what makes both diamonds and personal development so rare and yet so valuable?

In this week’s Your Leadership Coach video, I share what diamonds and personal development have in common.

Game Plan

When it comes to personal development, what’s your diamond? 

What is that one dream or goal that you have always wanted to accomplish? 

What is that one skill that you like to develop further or subject matter you want to become more of an expert in? 

For 2021, choose your diamonds and create a development plan that uses pressure and time. Decide on consistent actions that push you and stretch you toward your goal over the next year.

 

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My Reading List for 2021

My Reading List for 2021

Like many of you, I create a reading list for the upcoming year. 

What many people might not know is that my reading list is divided into themes. The reason for this is (1) I want variety in the books I read; (2) I want to focus my reading around a few key topics and/or skills; and (3) I always want to incorporate fiction in my reading.

Before sharing my themes and the books within those themes, I do want to make one note. Don’t get too caught up into the amount of books on my list. My goal is to read 38 books this year. (If I accomplish this, it’s the most I will have read in a year.) Now, I know successful people who read less than me and others who read more. The key when it comes to reading, like most other things, is quality over quantity. As Charles Spurgeon said, “Little learning and much pride comes from hasty reading.” 

Read to gain knowledge and insight. Read to learn a new skill or refine an existing strength. Read for pleasure and inspiration. Just make sure that whatever you read, you allow those books to benefit both your personal development and also add value to the lives of the people around you. 

Here is my reading list for 2021 categorized by their themes (all links are affiliate links):

 

Mental Toughness

  1. The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
  2. Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  3. Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday
  4. Toughness Training for Life by James E. Loehr
  5. It Takes What It Takes by Trevor Moawad
  6. The Power of Other by Dr. Henry Cloud
  7. Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  8. Discipline=Freedom by Jocko Willink

 

Strengths/Personal Development

  1. Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton
  2. Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath
  3. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  4. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

 

Leadership/Business

  1. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  2. The Starbucks Experience by Joseph Michelli

 

Fiction: C.S. Lewis

  1. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  3. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  4. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  6. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  7. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  8. Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
  9. Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
  10. That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis

 

Nonfiction: C.S. Lewis

  1. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  2. The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
  3. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  4. A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
  5. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  6. The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis

 

Autobiography/Biography: C.S. Lewis

  1. Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis
  2. C.S. Lewis–A Life: Eccentric, Genius, Reluctant Prophet by Alister McGrath
  3. C.S. Lewis: A Biography by A.N. Wilson

 

Marriage

  1. The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
  2. Cherish by Gary Thomas

 

Miscellaneous

  1. The Question of God by Dr. Armand Nicholi, Jr.
  2. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
  3. Aesop’s Fables

 

Game Plan

What’s on your reading list for 2021?

I’d love to hear about it. Write a comment below or connect with me on social media. Tell me which books you’re looking forward to reading this year (or maybe the books you’ve already read!).

 

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