H3 Leadership: Hungry, Humble, Hustle

I’m live blogging from Catalyst Conference. Catalyst is a next-generation conference that  embolden leaders from all over the world. The theme of Catalyst for 2015 is “Awaken the Wonder.” Wonder invites potential. Wonder provides vision. Wonder inspires. Wonder leads us to God.  Brad Lomenick is a speaker, writer, leadership advisor and foundation of Blinc Consulting. For more than 10 years, he served as Lead Visionary and President of Catalyst.

H3 has been my mantra since I was 21 on my leadership philosophy. Today, I want to focus on the humble component today.

The first lesson from my failure is a personal identity crisis. When I stepped out from my role from Catalyst, the biggest question I struggled with, “Who am I?”

  • Who I am is not defined by what you do. Identity is who you are. It should be a defining factor in shaping who you are. Your identity should never change. This is a 30,000 ft level of how you view your life.
  • Calling is the next level down. Calling should answer “Why am I here?” Your calling should reflect your strengths and passions. Calling can change, but at the end of the day it should be unchanging.
  • Assignment is the next level down. Assignment is “What do I do?”
  • Most people start with assignment –> calling –> identity. Therefore what we do often defines who we are.  The reality is if you’re a 25 year old, you have over 10 seasons of assignments in your life.

The second lesson from my failure is Stale Leadership.  I wrote “Catalyst Leader” and suddenly I was a leadership expert. I ran a leadership event organization. But my leadership sucked. You’ve allowed the pursuit of vision get behind the people. Slow, steady decline of leadership. Don’t allow of what you think seems great will take you down.

The failure that I wrestled with my losing of authenticity. Lead from who you are. It’s so easy to say. The more you carry, it’s harder to lead from where you are.  Be comfortable walking with who you are because your team wants you to lead them by who you are. Your team doesn’t need a relevant leader. They need a real leader. Don’t feel like you have to be perfect. You need people in your life who will tell the truth and wear you out.

The fourth failure is the idea of faithfulness to where you are. You might feel like you’re stewarding something you don’t want to steward for the long term. In God’s economy, your cumulative score is based on how did you steward what you were given. If you are under 30, stop worrying about becoming the next Zuckerberg. There is an enormous pressure to change the world by the time you’re 30. Just be faithful to your assignment.

My final failure is that my passion tank was empty. I was running on fumes for a couple of years. When I started Catalyst over 10 years ago, I was fired up. Things started to decline steadily. Rediscover your passion. Get fired up.