When leaders learn and live good values, they make themselves more valuable and lift the value of other people. – John Maxwell
On today’s podcast, Amanda and I take you back through a talk I gave at Catalyst University 2015. If you were in attendance at our leadership conference, today will serve as a great reminder. If you weren’t able to join us, this will give you a recap of what I shared.
To kick off the conversation, we answer the question: When it comes to leadership, why isn’t passion alone enough? Passion will get you far in leadership, but it isn’t enough. I believe there are 5 things your leadership must be in order to propel you to success. We talk through these 5 things one by one…
1. Personal. When you find what makes your heart buzz, you’ve got to capture that.
2. Spiritual. For me, this is directly tied to my faith; for others, it might mean something different. Either way, it is required for leadership. Leadership is hard. This is that grounding factor that gets you through the dark times.
3. Servant-Oriented. Leadership is about serving others. This is a leadership principle that goes back to Biblical times, has been used in the military and is referenced by most leadership gurus today. To get what you want in life, you have to help other people get what they want or need.
4. Shared. This the X-factor, as in multiplication. Sharing your ideas with others and asking the world to participate in your cause allows you to multiply your leadership.
5. Authentic. Leadership is nothing without authenticity. As our friend Brad Lomenick says, “Authenticity trumps cool every time.”
I invite you to listen in and take good notes. These are principles I believe every leader can apply to their lives.
Question: How healthy is your leadership? Do you lean on all 5 of these characteristics or is there one area you fall short?