Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. – Dr. Seuss
People are drawn to people who know what they want. They may not be able to tell you specifically the street address of the new house, but they can explain to you the vision: how many rooms, what the front porch looks like, the style of the light fixtures. They understand what’s important to them. Great leaders must clearly know what they want in order to lead well.
Great leaders also understand what they are willing to give up to get there. As I coach emerging and existing leaders, it becomes very clear that this isn’t the hard part. I almost never find a leader who isn’t willing to put the work in. Most are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to do what it takes to succeed. They just can’t clearly define what success looks like for them.
Successful leaders – leaders that we value, want to emulate and consider our heroes – are people who are single-minded. They know their “one thing.” If you joined us at Catalyst University 2016, you know this is something I am reflecting on this year in a big way. I want to help leaders determine the one thing that breaks their heart. Then, I want to help them tackle the necessary steps it takes to be able to address that thing in a meaningful way.
We often overcomplicate this question, but deep down inside the answer, our true passion, is burning to get out. So, I encourage you to close your eyes and consider this: when you’ve lived a full life, what would you like people to line up and thank you for? Chances are, this is your one thing.
Now – go lead on it.
Question: What’s your “one thing?” If you don’t know, why not spend some time this month determining what truly breaks your heart and go after that?