4 Ways to Gain Trust Quickly With Your Followers

By | Leadership

Gaining trust is a critical component of leadership. However, many leaders overlook the importance of this reality as they roll up their sleeves and get to work. They get so focused on the tasks at hand that they miss out on the “low hanging fruit” that can increase and enhance their influence.

But when you invest the time and energy to meet the needs of your followers, trust can develop quickly and your leadership impact can multiply unimaginably.

Consider the following four simple ways to intentionally meet the needs of your followers:

1 – Slow down long enough to pay attention to your surroundings.

It’s easy to be or feel so busy that you rarely slow down. It can feel like you’re losing ground every second that you do. However, when you pay attention to what’s going on around you, you can see opportunities to help your team members that can pay long-term dividends.

2 – Schedule focused time to listen to team members’ needs or concerns.

Intentional, focused time can reveal many things that your followers are dealing with. It doesn’t have to be hours on end, but rather small focused blocks of time where you can ask specific questions so they can give you specific answers.

3 – Don’t overlook simple, obvious needs that can be easily met.

Sometimes things that seem small to you are big frustrations to others. Simply removing the obstacles and frustrations of your team members speaks volumes about how you value them and that you’re noticing their pain points.

4 – Take action immediately to meet needs you become aware of.

Once you’re aware of needs you can meet, don’t sit on the information. Take immediate action. This expresses care and concern while communicating that you truly did hear what your followers are saying. 

Imagine having a team full of people who feel valued and respected. 

Imagine having the reputation of a leader who truly hears and addresses employee issues. 

Imagine the attractiveness that being this kind of leader would display when you’re seeking high-quality team members. 

This is all possible when you decide to implement these four simple ways to learn about and meet the needs of your followers. 

In my new book, The Magnetic Leader: 18 Essential Actions of Leaders People Love to Follow, I go much deeper into Essential Action #1 – Meets Needs. CLICK HERE to join the waiting list to get updates on when the book will be released and receive a FREE POSTER revealing all 18 Essential Actions!

Until next time…make today GREAT!

Leaders Must Keep the Mission In Front of Their Followers

By | Leadership

“Mission drift” is a critical problem in many organizations. Leaders often spend countless hours crafting the perfect mission statement only to paint it on the wall only to have it forgotten about. 

If you desire to have an inspired, focused team, you must keep the mission in front of your followers at all times. The busyness of each day’s tasks can easily overtake the mission of your team or organization if you’re not careful. 

Does your team know your mission by heart?

Have they memorized it?

Have you clearly and consistently communicated it and shared why it matters?

These are key questions if you are going to lead a successful organization, campaign, or initiative. 

I recently heard the story of an executive team bragging about their mission, but when the consultant working with them asked what it was, the CFO couldn’t remember it. They had invested 48 hours during a dedicated retreat to create the mission statement shortly before this meeting occurred! 

How can team members forget so easily? 

1 – In their busyness, it can quickly disappear from their minds. 

2 – The leader doesn’t reiterate it often enough. 

It’s been said that it takes at least eight times of communicating something before people finally HEAR a message. It’s after the eighth time that it actually begins to sink in!

As a leader, you must continually “beat the drum” and remind people of the mission in various ways. Speak it, write it, and explain it. Use speeches, emails, videos, and memes to keep it in front of your followers. Whatever you can think of that will connect with them, do it. It’s too valuable to let the mission fall to the wayside. When this happens, “mission drift” occurs and soon your team will be busy doing meaningless work that doesn’t accomplish the mission.

Leadership is challenging. 

Leading people can be downright exhausting at times. 

Navigating different personalities and tasks can feel overwhelming. 

Despite these realities, keeping the mission top-of-mind is a critical component of leadership. There’s no way around it. 

Imagine your team members immediately reciting your mission statement back to you at any given moment.

Imagine all decisions of your team being filtered through the lens of your mission. 

Imagine followers holding themselves and their peers accountable for pursuing the mission above all else. 

It’s possible when you take ownership of keeping it top-of-mind.

Leaders need safe spaces to refuel and be encouraged as they pursue and promote the mission. That’s why I created the Magnetic Leadership Community. If you’re a leader who wants to attract quality team members and keep them engaged, this is your opportunity to join a community of like-minded business owners and executives who are committed to their personal growth. 

CLICK HERE to learn more and to join. If you join by March 31st, 2021 you’ll receive a free copy of my upcoming book, The Magnetic Leader, which is scheduled for release this spring.

I believe you have a valuable mission, but do your people know it well?

When they memorize it, own it, and work to fulfill it amazing things can happen.

The more you and your followers are aware of the mission, the more successful you can become. CLICK HERE to join the Magnetic Leadership Community today!

Until next time…make today GREAT!

Valued People Become More Valuable

By | Leadership

In the busyness of daily responsibilities, it’s easy to overlook the very people whom you’re called to lead and care for.

However, when this happens, you begin to lose your team. They begin to disengage and mentally check out. They begin to feel frustrated and devalued. They begin to underperform rather than going the extra mile to accomplish goals.

The reality is that valued people become more valuable to any team or organization. When people know their leaders care about them, they are more likely to perform at higher levels and work with more energy and enthusiasm.

If this is the case, how can you express more value? Consider the following:

1 – Ask them how they’re doing personally.

2 – Pay attention to their attitudes and overall performance.

3 – Schedule time to invest in their growth and answer their questions.

4 – Make people a priority each day when you get to work. 

Showing you value people isn’t as difficult as you may think. It starts by paying attention to those you lead, addressing concerns you see or hear, and investing your valuable time in them. 

Yes, you have important tasks to accomplish in your role, but as a leader, there is no greater task than caring for your people. A team that feels valued performs at levels most leaders only dream about. 

Imagine your followers not just hoping they are cared for, but truly knowing it.

Imagine an organizational culture that attracts high-quality people because they want to work where they are valued. 

Imagine being the kind of leader that people love to follow each day because they know they matter.

This doesn’t have to be a dream. It can be your reality! 

In my new book, The Magnetic Leader, I teach the 18 Essential Actions of leaders people love to follow. But reading a book often isn’t enough. Getting training, having a supportive peer community, and receiving the personal coaching you need are key elements that will take your leadership to new heights. 

That’s why I created the Magnetic Leadership Community. If you are a leader who wants to attract quality team members and keep them engaged, this is your opportunity to join a peer community of like-minded business owners and executives who are committed to their personal growth. 

CLICK HERE to learn more and join. If you join by March 31st, 2021 you’ll receive a free copy of my upcoming book, The Magnetic Leader, which is scheduled for release in 2021.

I believe you care about your people. But do they know it?

That’s the million-dollar question. 

The more you grow as a leader and show you care about your followers, the more successful you, your team, and your organization will become. CLICK HERE to join the Magnetic Leadership Community today!

Until next time…make today GREAT!

 

Team Success Doesn’t End With You, But It Starts With You

By | Leadership

Many leaders want their teams to perform better, but forget to look in the mirror at their own performance. Self-leadership is the first, and most important, step to developing a world-class team. 

While team success doesn’t end with you, it does start with you. 

Followers do what they see their leaders doing. If you are pushing yourself to be better every day, they are more likely to do the same. However, if they see you coasting, they’re more likely to coast as well. 

Leaders must go first.

What does this look like? Consider the following:

1 – Make personal growth a daily priority.

2 – Look for challenges to tackle, especially those that stretch you. 

3 – Look for new opportunities, even if you have to grow in order to maximize them.

4 – Invite your followers to join you on your journey. 

Imagine having the confidence to play offense when leadership challenges arise rather than playing defense. 

Imagine yourself confidently telling your followers, “Let’s go find a solution to this problem!”

Imagine waking up each day excited to cast a vision for your team to climb the next mountain of opportunity in front of you.

Imagine having a team of highly-engaged people who are energized to go on the journey with you to accomplish the mission of your organization.

This is all possible when you develop yourself first and invest in your team members out of the overflow of your personal growth. 

That’s why I created the Magnetic Leadership Community. If you are a leader who wants to attract quality team members and keep them engaged, this is your opportunity to join a community of like-minded business owners and executives who are committed to their personal growth. 

CLICK HERE to learn more and join. If you join by March 31st, 2021 you’ll receive a free copy of my latest book, The Magnetic Leader, which is scheduled for release this year.

You can be the kind of leader others excitedly follow. Choose right now to invest in your personal growth so you can have plenty to pass along to your followers. Join the Magnetic Leadership Community where you’ll receive training, inspiration, peer support, and real-time coaching. Simply CLICK HERE to join today!

Until next time…make today GREAT!

To Keep Leading You Must Keep Growing

By | Leadership

Many leaders reach a certain point in their careers where they choose to stop learning and growing. When this happens, their influence begins to diminish.

I once had a supervisor tell me to stop reading so much because it was causing me frustration. I couldn’t believe my ears. I can’t imagine the look I had on my face when he said it! 

I was frustrated for quite some time with the leadership and culture of our organization. My mentors, whom I valued greatly, taught me early on to keep learning and growing if I wanted to be a valuable leader. 

When I heard my supervisor tell me to stop reading so much, I could immediately tell that he was content with the way things were. I wasn’t, nor were others on our team, but he didn’t seem concerned about that. I was a young developing leader. He had been around the block a few times. Evidently, he thought he had arrived and didn’t need to grow any further. My colleagues and I were hungry to learn and grow. We wanted our organization to be better and stronger.

The day he said that to me was the day I mentally resigned and began seeking new employment opportunities. I refused to follow a leader who settled for mediocrity rather than pushing the boundaries of personal and organizational growth. 

What about you? 

Are you still learning and growing? 

Or have you decided that you’ve “arrived”? 

The answer to this question is indicative of how your leadership journey will look in the near future. The moment you stop growing is the moment others begin to catch up and pass you by. You can coast for a while without it hindering your leadership credibility, but it won’t last long. 

If you desire to be the kind of leader others love to follow, you must continue growing. New challenges arise. New opportunities come your way. These both require you to be a better leader. 

Imagine being able to run toward problems and challenges with confidence rather than shrinking back or being paralyzed by fear. 

Imagine being the person whom others look to for guidance and direction in times of difficulty. 

This is possible when you continue to invest in your personal growth. 

Choose today that you will never stop growing. 

Determine right now to find the training, community, and coaching that will help you go farther faster than you ever thought possible. 

This is the purpose of the Magnetic Leadership Community. If you are a leader who wants to attract quality team members and keep them engaged, this is your opportunity to join a community of like-minded business owners and executives who are committed to their personal growth. 

CLICK HERE to learn more and join. If you join by March 31st, 2021 you’ll receive a free copy of my latest book, The Magnetic Leader, which is scheduled for release this year.

Take the step today to enhance your leadership capabilities by joining the Magnetic Leadership Community

Until next time…make today GREAT!

Leaders Need Community to Perform at Their Best

By | Leadership

It’s been said that it’s lonely at the top. 

While this sentiment is often true for many leaders, John Maxwell states in his book Leadership Gold that “If it’s lonely at the top, you’re not doing something right.” 

Why does he say that? Because loneliness is mostly a choice we make.

Yes, it’s wise to have some level of professional boundaries, but if you’re not careful, you can alienate yourself from others in an unhealthy manner. This will create a negative work environment that will hinder great team work and the ability to accomplish great things together.

One way to address loneliness is to find a community of like-minded leaders whom you can confide in and learn from outside your organization. 

Find a community of fellow leaders who deal with similar challenges and understand what you’re navigating at any given moment. 

Develop a support system for one another. 

Inside your organization, develop a leadership team that is trustworthy and demonstrates the values that you desire for yourself and your company. 

While it’s valuable and wise to have an outside community, seek to build a trusting community with your key leaders as well. They need support just as much as you do.

Loneliness is a choice. Whether you find support inside or outside your organization, make it a priority.

Leadership is challenging enough as it is. Don’t compound the challenges by being a “lone ranger” leader. 

We all need community. We weren’t meant to do life or leadership alone. 

What’s your next step?

Take action today to either engage with a supportive leadership community or work to take the one you’re in to the next level.

Until next time…make today GREAT!

P.S. Are you a business owner or executive who is looking to attract quality team members and keep them engaged in your organization’s vision and mission? Imagine being a part of a community of peers where you can learn from the collective wisdom of the group with various specialized knowledge and skills. Check out the Magnetic Leadership Community where you’ll receive weekly leadership lessons, participate in monthly live Q&A coaching calls, learn from dynamic leaders in monthly recorded interviews, and engage in a private forum with other growing leaders like yourself. You can even choose the option to receive a monthly 1:1 coaching call to help you go farther faster. CLICK HERE to learn more and join the community!

The Importance of Having a Mentor

By | Leadership

Leadership is both extremely challenging and rewarding. 

In today’s environment, things are moving and morphing at unprecedented rates. Leading can be exhausting and knowing where or how to focus can be confusing.

One of the ways to address this reality is by seeking out a trusted mentor who’s been where you are and can speak into your life with wisdom and insight.

As I reflect on my leadership development journey, I’m extremely grateful for all the men and women who have poured into me. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

The same is true for you.

We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us and have modeled the way. 

The problem for many leaders is that they are pouring into their followers without having anyone pour into them. 

You can give and give and give only to find yourself feeling dry and used up. 

That’s why having at least one mentor is critical. He or she can pour into you so you have more to give those you lead.

Do you have a mentor?

What area of your leadership do you feel like you need the most wisdom in?

Who could you seek out and ask to be your mentor? 

The key to having a great mentoring relationship is FOCUS. 

Focus your time together on what your most-pressing challenges or opportunities are. 

Come prepared to the meeting with specific questions. 

Don’t waste your mentor’s time by not thoughtfully preparing an agenda or list of questions in advance. 

Many people who are 10-20 years ahead of you would love to help you grow, but you’re going to have to seek them out and ask for their help. 

Maybe a key growth step for you is to identify a mentor and set a monthly appointment to sit down, debrief, ask questions, and listen to their wisdom. 

Imagine for a moment what your leadership growth could become if you have someone wise speaking into your life. 

Imagine how this mentorship could overflow into the lives of those you lead. 

Now, stop just imagining and take action. 

Go find your mentor today and begin the journey.

I’m confident you’ll be glad you did.

Until next time…make today GREAT!

P.S. Are you a business owner or executive who is looking to attract quality team members and keep them engaged in your organization’s vision and mission? Imagine being a part of a community of peers where you can learn from the collective wisdom of the group with various specialized knowledge and skills. Check out the Magnetic Leadership Community where you’ll receive weekly leadership lessons, participate in monthly live Q&A coaching calls, learn from dynamic leaders in monthly recorded interviews, and engage in a private forum with other growing leaders like yourself. You can even choose the option to receive a monthly 1:1 coaching call to help you go farther faster. CLICK HERE to learn more and join the community!

The Power of Adding One New Skill

By | Leadership

It’s been said that “leaders are readers,” but one of the shortfalls I often see is that personal growth gets squeezed out by busyness for most leaders.

Does that happen to you? 

I also think that the heart of that statement is still true, but the ways in which leaders access personal growth resources today varies. 

I’m an avid reader, but I know many people aren’t. My wife is an avid audiobook listener. I know others who love to listen to podcasts. Some prefer workshops, seminars, and conferences. 

The bottom line is this – leaders need to continually grow in order to remain relevant and effective. 

One way to do this is to focus on adding (or improving) one new skill to your leadership toolbox. 

In our digital world, there are millions of pieces of content being added daily. We can actually suffer from information overload. However, when you focus on developing or improving one new skill at a time, you can cut through all the clutter and find helpful impactful resources more easily.

What is one new skill you need to add to your leadership repertoire? Or what is a skill you already have that you need to enhance?

Spend a few minutes today thinking about this. Commit to going deep on it for the next 90 days, then evaluate your progress. If necessary or desired, dig deeper on it for the next 90 days. Do this repeatedly and imagine how you can become four times better in this one area each year or learn up to four new skills that can improve the quality of your leadership. 

Challenge your followers to do the same. 

Imagine leading a team or organization full of growth-minded people who are committed to getting better every quarter of the year. 

It’s possible to have this kind of culture, but it starts with you as the leader going first to model what you desire from your followers. 

Commit to taking action and making this a new growth habit.

Until next time…make today GREAT!

P.S. Are you a business owner or executive who is looking to attract quality team members and keep them engaged in your organization’s vision and mission? Imagine being a part of a community of peers where you can learn from the collective wisdom of the group with various specialized knowledge and skills. Check out the Magnetic Leadership Community where you’ll receive weekly leadership lessons, participate in monthly live Q&A coaching calls, learn from dynamic leaders in monthly recorded interviews, and engage in a private forum with other growing leaders like yourself. You can even choose the option to receive a monthly 1:1 coaching call to help you go farther faster. CLICK HERE to learn more and join the community!

4 Characteristics of Bounceback Leaders

By | Leadership

To say 2020 was a challenging year is a major understatement!

However, when you go through a difficult year (or season), you have the opportunity to come back stronger than before. As the old adage goes, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” 

Unfortunately, 2020 was a killer of a year, literally and figuratively. People, businesses, and dreams died due to the COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, political disunity, and societal unrest due to social injustice. Dealing with a virus is one thing. Dealing with all these others simultaneously is quite another.

Many people declare a “word of the year” and adopt it as a theme for each new year. I typically find a word to live by, but this year my word found me. “Bounceback” has become my hope and theme. I believe it will be the hope of most people after a very difficult time personally and professionally. 

But what does it mean to be a bounceback leader?

Consider the following 4 characteristics of bounceback leaders:

1 – Bounceback leaders are resilient

Leadership is challenging, even in the best of circumstances. Leading through times of disruption is even more challenging. Resiliency is needed when you’re up against tremendous odds. When the deck seems stacked against you, you must display resilience when you want to quit. This is the ability to bounce back to your original form (or even better).

2 – Bounceback leaders are persistent

Persistence is a quality of anyone who has achieved any level of success. Rarely will you achieve greatness on your first try. It’s been said Thomas Edison “failed” 10,000 times, but his perspective was that he found 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb. What if he would’ve given up after his first failed attempt? We may all be sitting in the dark today! When you’re dealing with challenges, commit to being persistent and keep moving forward. Determine to never give up.

3 – Bounceback leaders are optimistic

If you believe you’ve permanently failed and there is no hope for success, bouncing back isn’t an option you’ll even consider. In order to come back from difficult situations, you must find a way to remain optimistic. This isn’t some delusional optimism, but rather it is realistic. While you may not be able to recover all that has been lost in one day, what can you do today to take a step toward recovery? Do that one thing, then the next and the next.

4 – Bounceback leaders are determined 

Those who have achieved the greatest successes in the world were determined to find a way to win. Mental toughness is required when things are bad. We all feel like giving up at times, but bounceback leaders refuse to lose. They commit to find a way to win for themselves and those they are leading. They make a decision to keep moving forward amidst and despite adversity. 

While many people have been wishing 2020 to be over for the past year, I hope you’ll take time to consider all you’ve learned about yourself and how you endured an unprecedented, unexpected season of life and leadership. 

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to reflect on the past year and dream about what could be accomplished in the coming year. If you’re reading this article, celebrate that you survived! Then write down the lessons you’ve learned about yourself, your team, and your organization.

What lessons can you take away from the past year and apply to this new year? 

The best lessons are learned when we reflect on our experiences and squeeze the value out of them. 

If you want to be a bounceback leader, don’t just pretend 2020 didn’t exist. Instead, glean all you can from a challenging year and apply it to your leadership as you advance into the future.

Until next time…make today GREAT!

P.S. Are you a business owner or executive who is looking to attract quality team members and keep them engaged in your organization’s vision and mission? Imagine being a part of a community of peers where you can learn from the collective wisdom of the group with various specialized knowledge and skills. Check out the Magnetic Leadership Community where you’ll receive weekly leadership lessons, participate in monthly live Q&A coaching calls, learn from dynamic leaders in monthly recorded interviews, and engage in a private forum with other growing leaders like yourself. You can even choose the option to receive a monthly 1:1 coaching call to help you go farther faster. CLICK HERE to learn more and join the community!

4 Key Actions to Make the Most of Your Valuable Time

By | Leadership

I often hear leaders say that their time is not their own. While this is true in many ways due to being available to your followers, you still must be very mindful of how you utilize your time each day. You must be strategic in setting boundaries so you train your followers how to treat you.

I once read the account of a leader who was constantly distracted by his employees and drowning in his own workload. Something had to change. He decided to create specific time blocks in his days where he was available to his team members. He alerted them of his new availability, placed a white board outside of his office door, and allowed his followers to schedule 10-minute meetings with him. This helped everyone. He was able to get his work done more efficiently, he gave his employees his full attention when they met with him, and team members came more prepared because they knew they only had 10 minutes. He also made his team meetings more focused so they could get more done in a timely manner. 

While everyone’s situation is different, the principles of this leader’s experience gives us some important insights to consider. The reality is that we all have the same amount of time to use each day. No one gets more than 24 hours per day. How you use your hours is up to you. Choose wisely. 

Consider the following four key actions and consider how you can apply them to your situation:

1 – Create Specific Availability Time Blocks

Time blocking is a common productivity skill that many people fail to utilize. However, when you dedicate a specific amount of time to any task or meeting, you have a clear beginning and ending time that sets expectations. Determine what works best for you, then communicate your availability with your followers.

2 – Have People Schedule Time With You

While many leaders want to have an “open door policy,” this can often be a terrible idea for focus and productivity. I struggled with this for years. I wanted to be available to my team members, but I finally realized how unproductive it made me. I often felt extremely scattered. Closing my door and setting clear time blocks was challenging at first, but it ultimately made me a better leader to accomplish my tasks and it gave others clear boundaries for how to engage with me. When people have to schedule time with you, it requires them to think more strategically as to whether or not it’s needed.

3 – Give a Limited, Specific Amount of Time to Meet

Just as an open door policy can be detrimental, so can having no beginning and ending time in meetings. Much time is wasted on a daily basis due to lack of focus. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in a brief period of time when you are clear on what you need to do and when you need to finish. Give your followers a specific amount of time to meet with you and stick to it. If a follow-up meeting is required to continue the conversation, do it, but don’t allow yourself to run over your predetermined time frame. That creates bad habits and communicates that you’re not serious about your time blocks.

4 – Maximize Team Meetings

Many people cringe when they hear the word “meeting,” but that’s because most meetings are not well-planned or executed. People often come to the meeting unprepared or there’s often no clear agenda. Mastering the art of leading good meetings can take your team and organization to new levels. Communicate a clear purpose of your meetings, set clear expectations of how the meetings will be executed, then end with clear assignments and deadlines for actions to be accomplished. When you maximize your team meetings, you also improve your individual meetings. Many times, a well-organized team meeting removes the need for individual meetings altogether. 

As mentioned above, I encourage you to reflect on these four key actions to help you set clear boundaries to maximize your valuable time. If you don’t guard your time, no one else will. Your calendar is yours to protect. When you implement these actions in customized ways that work for you and your team, you’ll be able to go farther faster in your life and business.

Until next time…make today GREAT!

P.S. Are you a business owner or executive who is looking to attract quality team members and keep them engaged in your organization’s vision and mission? Imagine being a part of a community of peers where you can learn from the collective wisdom of the group with various specialized knowledge and skills. Check out the Magnetic Leadership Community where you’ll receive weekly leadership lessons, participate in monthly live Q&A coaching calls, learn from dynamic leaders in monthly recorded interviews, and engage in a private forum with other growing leaders like yourself. You can even choose the option to receive a monthly 1:1 coaching call to help you go farther faster. CLICK HERE to learn more and join the community!