I’m been an advocate for Servant Leadership for decades – even before I knew there was such a thing. Recently, I was asked a question I didn’t remember hearing before: What is Servant Leadership?
Honestly, I really didn’t have a succinct and ready definition. Ken Blanchard and I wrote a book, The Secret, about what servant leaders do; but in that moment, it hit me . . . telling someone what a servant leader does is not the same as telling them what a servant leader is.
My first step to find the answer was to see how some prominent thinkers have tackled ...
Crafting a compelling vision is the sine qua non of effective leadership. Interestingly, most people struggle with this. “Creating a vision” might sound quite daunting, but the reality is that just about anyone can create a good vision. Danielle Harlan, in her latest leadership book “The New Alpha” shares six easy-peasy steps on crafting a compelling vision for your organization.
Step 1. Identify the Scope of Your Vision
Whom is the vision for? Is it for your entire organization or a team that you lead, or are you crafting a vision for your particular ...
There is a television commercial that shows a man in his 60’s walking from the first class cabin in an airplane to take a seat next to a younger version of himself who is working away in a coach seat. The older man gives financial advice to himself as a younger person. Then he returns to his first class seat, either because he can now afford it or perhaps he just needs to be closer to the bathroom.
This is a bit of intriguing fantasy.
What would we say if we could go back in time and give ourselves one piece of advice, if we had just one shot to influence our lives ...
In John Maxwell's "Winning with People," he says good relationships are the foundation for achievement. Relationships are more than just the icing on the cake in life: They are the cake - the very substance we need to live successful and fulfilling lives. One of the key skills leaders need to learn is how to build trust. Maxwell shares five key principles that will help you improve your trust-ability with your direct reports, colleagues, and bosses.
The Bedrock Principle
Developing trust is like constructing a building. It takes time, and it must be done one piece at ...
I had the opportunity to interview Keith Webb. Keith is a Professional Certified Coach, author, and speaker specializing in leadership development. He founded and leads Creative Results Management, a global training organization focused on equipping ministry leaders to multiply their ministry impact. For 20 years, Keith lived in Japan, Indonesia, and Singapore where he designed and delivered leadership development programs. Keith created The COACH Model®. He is the author of The COACH Model for Christian Leaders and Coaching In Ministry. Keith lives near ...
I’ll be honest. Self-care always ends up at the bottom of my to-do list. In fact, self-care has never been in my vocabulary. For most of my life, I’ve been a hard-charging, type A, driven, ambitious person. But as I recently turned thirty, I began to realize that my body can’t hold up to my pace. Unfortunately, many high-achieving leaders confess that self-care is difficult.
In terms of my professional accomplishments, I am on top of things, but when it comes to exercise and eating well, I find myself compromising time after time. It’s easy to make excuses and ...
I believe every leader should have a platform. One of the best ways to build a compelling platform is blogging. I started my blogging five years ago and it has turned into a ministry to influence leaders. Blogging has became an integral part of living out my calling. I have now over 100,000+ visitors consistently reading my content on a monthly basis. This has created an incredible opportunity to not only serve but also coach others to build their platform. In Platform, Michael Hyatt offers ten idea starters for creating your next blog posts. If you're a a new time blogger ...
Jeffrey Gitomer is a world-renowned connector. His book “Little Black Book of Connections” was a fun read. To see the full list of strategies for connecting, get a copy of his book here. It’ll be worth it!
Gitomer breaks down simple strategies and steps on how to make connections in a better, more powerful way. The only thing is you have to implement them.
1. Be friendly first, and everything else falls into place.
Friendly breeds likability and trust. People do business with people they like and people they trust. The twin of friendly is smiley. People who ...
In “O Great One!,” David Novak, co-founder of YUM! Brands shares ten guiding principles for inspiring a culture of recognition. If you're a leader, you need remind yourself these principles every single day. His short read illustrates powerful ways every leader can harness the power of recognition.
Recognition, or showing genuine gratitude, is the greatest form of encouragement and inspiration. Following these key principles will help you motivate the people around you, drive real results, and feed your soul and theirs.
Principle #1: People won’t care about ...