What does it take to be a great leader?
Yes, I know that this is a big open ended question! Have you taken time to think about this in the past? If not, you should because if you want to become a great leader yourself it is important to understand what it takes in your own mind.
There are certain words that stand out to me when I think of a great leader:
I could go on but I want you to think of words that demonstrate a great leader to you. Next, think about who you know that demonstrates these traits and are they a great leader? How do you think that you measure up, and more importantly what do your direct reports and peers think about you?
Tough questions, but ones that you need to answer if you want to rise to the top. One caveat - don't cheat, you need to be honest and true to yourself as you are unique and wonderful because of that.
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Jim Rohn says that we become the average of the 5 people who we associate with the most. With this quote in mind, think about who you want to become and who you associate with - do they match?
I did this exercise a few years ago and found that they didn't. As I went on my own growth journey I faced criticism from people around me and found this strange at first. When I thought about it more I realized this said more about them than it did about me. I was being who I wanted to be.
I had found my purpose and desire and it excited me. I was told that I was not being myself but the fact is, I wasn't being myself before. I had been hiding behind other things, avoiding the things that I needed to face and living within a comfort zone that ultimately was bringing me down.
Who do you associate with the most and are they helping you or hindering your progress?
Does you feel like to person in this picture; too many tasks, not enough time, and never really trained how to handle the pressures of leadership? She is like a duck, on the surface everything looks happy but underneath she is like a hamster on a wheel.
A lot of people do and as I conduct my research I am finding that there are a lot of companies that promote people into leadership positions and just expect them to be successful. I will also add that I have found a number of companies that have a robust and successful on boarding process but why is this not every company?
Leadership is not something that you are born with, you can learn to be a good leader. However, it does take other successful leaders and an organized process to make this a reality.
If you want to know more, reach out to me and I can show you how you can learn to lead through influence and become the best version of yourself.
Are you looking for leaders? I am.
Why is this so important? Because leaders shape the future. Good leaders are not born, they are taught and to do this we need good leaders to teach them. I have written about habits, which can be good and bad. I have seen many people start off their career well and then fall into bad habits as they start to listen to the "Experienced" employees that show them the short cuts.
News flash.......There are no short cuts to success!
Whether you own your own business or you are an employee, is there a program in place to develop emerging leaders? For most businesses I would say that the answer is no. This frustrates me and I have seen a lot of times when people have been promoted to a leadership position without any training and insights, and are expected to be a success. Some will be, but sadly most will not. This is not their fault and I am making it my mission to overcome this shortfall.
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I believe that "Why" is the foundation of everything, whether you are looking at it from and individual, team, or organization viewpoint. Too many companies fail because they move way from, or forget, their why. Others fail because they do not share their why with the employees.
As an individual it is equally important to find your why and then align yourself with people and a company that compliments your values and vision. When you don't, you have the danger of falling into the trap of being in a job that you don't like.
I am sure that there have been times when feel like you are stuck in a rut but have you ever asked yourself why that is? Usually it is because you are not pursuing your passion and are doing something that doesn't fulfill you. Do yourself a favor and look into how you can find your own why. I have programs available on www.chris-j-baker.com and whether you come to me for help or not, please do something so that you know that you are on the path to happiness.
I had a harsh dose of reality check this morning when I missed a meeting. You should know that tardiness is one of my pet hates. I follow the saying that on time is late, 5 minutes early is on time!
I had arranged to meet someone at a Starbucks about 45 minutes away from my house. I didn't know the area so I did what I normally do and set the destination into the Google Maps app on my phone. I had plugged the phone in to charge and removed it as I left the house. All was well and I set off on my journey. The projected arrival time was 5 minutes before the meeting was due so I was doing well.
30-minutes into my journey my phone died. I had relied on the GPS to get me to my destination. I knew what road it was on but I didn't know whether it was East or West - safe to say I chose the wrong direction and by the time I realized and turned round it was too late and I missed the appointment.
The reality check I received was two fold. Firstly, be prepared and have a back up plan in case...
At every presentation I facilitate on failing forward, moving out of your comfort zone, and how to beat average I start by asking the audience how many have a clear picture of a dream. The usual answer is between 2-5% of the participants say yes, I have a clear dream.
At first this statistic shocked me and I thought it was an anomaly but it isn't, every time it is in the same range, or sometimes less!
There are four main reasons why people do not pursue their dream and the first one is discouragement from others. This prompted me to think about why this is. After all, why would you discourage someone else from pursuing something that they love.
As I studied this further I came to the conclusion that it is a fear of failure. Not that the person who is being discouraged may fail - more that the person who is discouraging them will feel inadequate and a failure if the other person succeeds!
We all have the power to follow our dreams so do not discourage others for doing so. By all...
Do you follow directions or are you following a direction?
You may be saying to yourself now: What is he talking about they are the same thing?
Actually there is a subtle difference by removing the plural. Directions are instructions that you are given to complete a task. For example, following a recipe, putting together a piece of furniture, or working out how to program your DVR player.
Direction is a vision of why you want to do something, your why. This is something that you choose, not something that is provided to you.
So let me ask you again: Are you following directions or do you have a direction?
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Many of us will have ideas that come and go in our minds. What makes the difference between most of us that have ideas, and the few that turn those ideas into reality?
There are many books on this subject and three in particular form the basis of my studies and teaching:
The basis of all three books is understanding your passion, your desire, your why. Once you have a clear understanding if this it is possible to start forming a dream, and it is this dream, along with the process that goes with it, that will turn your idea into reality.
I will clarify here that the "Ideas" I am referring to a the big ones, which is why there is a process involved. However, the same applies to the smaller ideas as you need to believe in them before you can turn them into reality.
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Yesterday I wrote about practical dreamers and today I want to talk about the importance of Dreaming big.
This is probably one of the main reasons that people do not follow their dreams - because they are afraid to dream big as it can overwhelm them. This is one of the topics that is covered in my training programs as dreaming big is about forming the vision, the key is to start small and actually get moving.
Imagine setting out on a journey that you have never been on before. We do it all the time in every day life when we visit a new Country, City, or even a place within our own town. When we do so we trust that whatever is taking us there will use the best route don't we?
I am writing this from Nashville, a place I had never visited before. I booked my tickets, turned up at the airport and got on the plane. I didn't worry about what direction the plane was going, I trusted that it would land in Nashville and it did. I them walked to the ground transportation area and got on the...