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.
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.
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):
Many of you have probably heard of the One Word Challenge. The premise is that you choose one word that serves as your theme or overarching goal for the year. I didn’t come up with this challenge. It was developed by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page in their book, One Word That Will Change Your Life.
I’ve been participating in the One Word Challenge over the last few years. For me, this word is not a replacement for my goals but rather a complement to them. And this word aids me in accomplishing those goals.
What’s your word for 2021? Come up with your “one word” for this year.
I have two free resources to help you out:
Personal Vision Discovery Guide(grab this by subscribing on our home page – we’ll send you the free downloadable via email)
I know all of us are ready to leave 2020 behind and focus on 2021. But like many of you, I spent some time reflecting on the last year, and there were certainly lessons I learned. Here are my top 10 posts from 2020, a sample of lessons I learned and shared over the last year.
We are inundated with information. And when it comes to learning, the opportunities are endless. However, for all this intake of information, is it producing growth and development? Here’s why this is an important question. Information, in and of itself, doesn’t produce transformation. Transformation is in the application. Simply knowing a fact or point of view cognitively doesn’t help us develop. So, how do we create a type of learning that actually transforms instead of one that simply informs?
We have all heard stories of highly talented leaders (and celebrities) who never reached their potential because poor choices ended up derailing their career. Our leadership journey is a marathon, not a sprint. And if you are going to be a leader that finishes well you must stay away from these common temptations.
Leadership, (or the lack thereof), is revealed through adversity and uncertainty. The measure of leadership is not found in how one leads in security and success; it’s how one leads in uncertainty and chaos. Here are five tools to help you lead both yourself and your team effectively through uncertainty.
Significance is more important (and impactful) than success. If leaders want to lead with significance, there are 10 qualities or skills they must develop. In this video session, I share the first skill of leading with significance (vision), why it’s vital to leadership, and how to develop vision.
The President and a janitor walk into NASA…that sounds like the start of a joke. But it’s actually a powerful story about the importance of vision, how to increase employee engagement, and how to be self-motivated at work. In this Sixty(ish) Seconds with Shawn video, I share a great leadership lesson that I learned from a janitor.
Most of us want to stand out, whether at a job interview, at our current place of work, or even among our family and friends. But let’s be honest: few of us do.In this Sixty(ish) Seconds with Shawn video, I share the eight traits that will guarantee you stand out and make you a more effective leader.