4 Steps for Becoming a Transformational Leader (Wrap-Up)

By | Blog, Leadership

Over the past four articles, I’ve shared a powerful 4-step cycle that can transform your life and leadership when implemented consistently. Click on each word below to link back to their corresponding articles. 

CHOOSE. ACT. BECOME. REPEAT

These four simple words can be game-changing for you. The challenge is overcoming distractions and implementing the process consistently. This is where many people trip up. 

Over the course of my 25+ years of leadership development, I’ve come to highly value the necessity for consistency. 

People need leaders to be consistent in how they think, act, and interact with their followers. 

The quality of a leader’s life is determined by the choices they make, the actions they take, and who they become in the process. If you want to become better, you must make better choices and intentionally act upon them. 

Allow yourself to grow through the process. 

Take notes on the lessons you learn from both good and bad experiences. 

Teach this 4-step process to those you lead so they become better in their respective roles. 

Plaster this process in visible places to create a growth culture in your organization. 

Teach this 4-step process to your kids so they will be able to achieve amazing results earlier in life than you could ever imagine.

Make the choice to be like the person who gave me Becoming a Person of Influence when I was only 20 years old which set me on a leadership development journey I never knew was possible. 

Becoming a better leader isn’t just for your benefit, but it does start with you. 

Leadership ultimately is about others. Leaders take people to places they never thought were possible or even knew existed. Leaders have the power to change the world one person and one organization at a time. 

Imagine being the kind of leader people love to follow so much that they wake up energized each day to tackle the next challenge with you. 

Imagine being the kind of leader people look to in times of crisis and opportunity.

Imagine being the kind of leader people speak highly of and miss when you or they leave the team or organization. 

Imagine the words you would want your followers to share about you in a eulogy at the end of your life. 

Now, take those ideas and think about what skills and abilities you’ll need to develop to make this your reality. 

CHOOSE to become that kind of leader.

ACT on this choice to develop yourself. 

Be willing to go through the challenges of transformation in order to BECOME this leader. 

Then, as you reach new levels of growth, REPEAT the process. 

This is how you will become a transformational leader who has the ability to impact your followers, team, organization, community, family, and even the world at large. 

I believe YOU can become this kind of leader! 

If you believe you can as well, let’s go on this journey together and make a true difference to transform our world for the better.

If you’re ready to exponentially increase your leadership skills and impact, CLICK HERE to learn how to join the next Magnetic Leadership Accelerator group coaching program! 

 

Episode 016: Jeff Brown “Read to Lead” Book Interview

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In this episode, leadership coach and author Chris McClure interviews author and podcaster Jeff Brown about his brand new book entitled “Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence And Boosts Your Career”. Listen in to Chris’s interview with Jeff to hear the backstory of the book and how it can truly impact the growth and success of leaders at all levels and in various seasons in their careers.

You can connect with Jeff on various social media platforms by searching @thejeffbrown

You can learn more about the book and order your copy at www.readtoleadbook.com

Also, make sure to check out Jeff’s award-winning (and Chris’ favorite!) “Read to Lead” podcast at www.readtoleadpodcast.com where he’s interviewed hundreds of authors about their books.

4 Steps for Becoming a Transformational Leader (Part 4)

By | Leadership

The most influential people in the world that have the staying power over the course of their lives stand out to us because they are willing to do what few others are willing to do themselves. It’s not that they have some secret formula or magic potion that no one else has. It’s that they implement the fourth step in this series on becoming a transformational leader.

What is it? It’s simpler than you think, but not necessarily easy to implement.

In the first article of this series, I discussed that we must first CHOOSE what we want and what we need to do in order to achieve our desired outcomes. 

In the second article, I discussed that it’s not enough to simply choose, but we must ACT on the choices we make. If we don’t, they’ll just stay in our minds as nice ideas. 

In the third article, I shared that when you consistently make choices and intentionally take action, you BECOME a new, better version of yourself, which then leads your team and organization to become better. 

Today, let’s look at the final step of this 4-step process…

Step #4 – REPEAT

When you read the label on shampoo bottles, you’ll often find in the instructions to “apply, rinse, and repeat.” Beyond wanting you to use twice as much shampoo to increase their sales, the manufacturers are giving specific instructions to help you achieve optimal results with their product. 

Leadership development is significantly different than washing your hair, but there is a similarity in the “apply, rinse, and repeat” action steps. When you learn to consistently make quality choices and act on them intentionally, you become better and different. The “flywheel effect” kicks in when you repeat this pattern consistently. What starts out feeling hard becomes easier and easier over time as you develop personal growth habits.

Choose. Act. Become. REPEAT.

Choose. Act. Become. REPEAT.

Choose. Act. Become. REPEAT.

When I was 20 years old, I discovered my first leadership book. I was given Becoming a Person of Influence by John C. Maxwell at the end of an internship by a volunteer who I had worked with closely for 7 months. In it, she wrote a nice message, but one understatement she made was in saying that she hoped the book would help me in “some small way.” 

Little did she know that this one book would be the first domino that would impact the rest of my life. 

The reason you’re reading this article is that she gave me that book. She made a choice and acted upon it. That changed my life forever.

I read that book and acted upon what I learned from it. This led me to search for more books like it and become a growing leader who is committed to personal growth until the day I die. 

Our choices contain great power IF acted upon. 

Our actions lead us to become better people and leaders IF we are intentional.

But it’s important to understand that “becoming” shouldn’t be a one-time event. Rather, when you reach a new level of growth, it’s time to repeat the cycle: CHOOSE – ACT – BECOME.

When you implement this cycle REPEATEDLY you’ll begin to experience the compound effect of personal growth which leads to exponential results. 

CHOOSE. ACT. BECOME. REPEAT.

If you’re tempted to think this is an oversimplification, I challenge you to think about how the best artists and athletes in the world arrive at their status. 

Go to a professional sports arena or field and watch the players before their games. You’ll find them doing the same warm-ups and drills that children do when they first begin playing. 

Go to a theatre and watch how musicians and singers warm up before each performance, which they’ve been doing since they began their careers. 

Gary Keller, founder of the real estate empire Keller Williams once stated, “Success is sequential, not simultaneous.” What he was saying is that you become successful in any endeavor one building block at a time. If you skip a step, you’ll cause your foundation to weaken and potentially crumble. 

CHOOSE. ACT. BECOME. REPEAT.

You can’t achieve incredible results if you don’t choose wisely. 

You won’t become better as a leader (or person) if you don’t act on your choices. 

You won’t maintain your influence and increase your impact over the long haul if you don’t repeat the cycle consistently. You’ll stagnate, plateau, and begin to drift backward. 

CHOOSE. ACT. BECOME. REPEAT.

Imagine placing these four simple words on your desk or creating a phone screen image as a reminder. 

Imagine working through this 4-step process consistently over the course of a year and looking back to barely recognize yourself because you’ve grown so much. 

Imagine being the kind of leader people love to follow because they witness continual growth and drive to become better every day. 

This can be your reality when you implement the “CHOOSE. ACT. BECOME. REPEAT.” transformational cycle. 

If you’re ready to exponentially increase your leadership skills and impact, CLICK HERE to learn how to join the next Magnetic Leadership Accelerator group coaching program! 

4 Steps for Becoming a Transformational Leader (Part 3)

By | Leadership

Becoming a transformational leader is a process of development, not a one-time event. In this series, we’re addressing four steps that are required to become the kind of leader who transforms businesses, communities, and even families. 

The problem is that too many leaders are unsure where to begin. That’s why in the first article of this series we discussed the power of choice. The second article focused on taking action on the choices you make. Today let’s tackle the important next step which is where personal transformation begins to occur.

Step #3 – BECOME

When you make choices and act on them, you begin to change. You can’t remain static if you desire to be a leader who makes a difference. Just as a caterpillar can’t fly unless it goes through a metamorphosis to be transformed into a butterfly, leaders can’t become more impactful without going through a process of change and development. 

“Becoming” isn’t a one-time event, but rather a series of events over time. It requires the commitment to improve daily rather than expecting to reach your full potential in a single day. While there are key moments in our lives when we seem to grow exponentially, it typically happens gradually in the mundane circumstances of everyday life.

The process of becoming a new, better version of yourself occurs when you consistently choose and act. The more you act on your choices, the farther you go and the better you become. If you don’t take action, your choices will remain ideas that stay confined in your brain. That doesn’t do you or your followers any good. 

Becoming also requires a desire. If you are content with who you are and where you are in your life and leadership, there’s nothing to do to stay there. However, just as muscles atrophy without use, your leadership impact will atrophy without consistent activity. You must put yourself out there daily and allow the challenges you face to become opportunities for growth. 

Imagine where you’d like to be in your influence and impact one year from today. 

Next, imagine how your followers would feel about you if you are exactly the same then as you are right now. 

Finally, imagine how they would feel about you if they witnessed exponential growth because you made key choices and then acted upon them so you could be better every day.

Choose. Act. Become. 

These are the first three steps toward growing in influence and impact to make a transformational difference wherever you go. 

In next week’s article, we’ll look at the fourth critical step that is often overlooked when we experience success and growth. I can’t wait to reveal it to you and share how it can be a game-changer in your life and leadership.

If you’re ready to exponentially increase your leadership skills and impact, CLICK HERE to learn how to join the next Magnetic Leadership Accelerator group coaching program!

4 Steps for Becoming a Transformational Leader (Part 2)

By | Leadership

In my last article, I shared about the first step toward becoming a transformational leader right where you are personally and professionally – CHOOSE.

Choice requires thoughtfulness and intentionality, but making a choice alone doesn’t lead to transformation. Transformation comes through the next step, which takes your thoughts and puts them to work.

Step #2 – ACT

A choice is about your thoughts, which are extremely important. But once you make a choice of any kind, the impact comes through taking action. In my experience, there are many leaders who are strong on strategy and weak on implementation. There are many reasons for this, but one key reason is their fear of the unknown. While it’s true that we can’t predict the outcomes of all of our choices, the reality is that we can never advance without taking action. 

Imagine making the choice to go on a trip with your family. You dream about it. You think about it in the margins of your days. You envision packing up and traveling together. In your mind, you’re already at your desired destination. 

But there’s a problem… 

You never block your calendar for time away. You don’t buy plane tickets. You don’t book a reservation at the hotel or reserve the vacation home. You don’t reserve a rental car. 

You can’t simply think about this amazing experience. While you first have to choose to take the trip, you then must take action to make it happen. 

While this may seem like a silly illustration, this is what many leaders do when it comes to their organizations. In their minds, they can see a better way forward. They have a vision for a new product, service, or marketing campaign, but their day-to-day busyness delays or entirely hijacks the vision. The choice remains in their heads and never is implemented. Many times, delays lead to missed opportunities because, by the time you actually take action, the window of opportunity closes. 

I’m sure you don’t want this to be your story. However, in order to achieve greater results and transform your life, team, or organization, you must act on the choices you make. 

Imagine how you would feel if you saw your ideas consistently becoming reality. 

Imagine the enthusiasm your team would feel when they know ideas are actually developed. 

Imagine the response of your team as they see that you’re serious about taking action to get better results.

This can be your everyday reality when you act on your choices

Refuse to let ideas lay dormant in your mind while you miss opportunities. 

Regardless of how you’ve operated in the past, make today “day one” of a new way to lead through intentional, consistent action. 

You can do it. I believe in you!

If you’re ready to exponentially increase your leadership skills and impact, CLICK HERE to learn how to join the next Magnetic Leadership Accelerator group coaching program!