Sustainable leadership comes from sustained thinking!
Can you answer that question? Let me repeat it: What are you thinking about tomorrow that makes somebody want you today?
That’s the question John C. Maxwell left us with yesterday during his 2 hour keynote. Maxwell is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership. He also writes and speaks on attitude, relationships, and team building.
Theses four areas have been what he describes as his 4 key areas of success. His “lanes.” But the thing that struck me the most, I guess as it always does, is that he’s not on stage selling a magic pill or potion to attain success.
You see, we all have the capacity to make things happens in our lives. The biggest differentiator however between the people “making it” and those who aren’t, attitude. And you don’t need John C. Maxwell -and certainly not me- to tell you that. You already know that.
One of the things he shared, which is embedded in my being from my teaching years, is what you decide to do with whatever new information you acquire.
- Do you hoard it?
- Do you share it?
My commitment to you is that this blog is meant to be a resource. Here are just some of the key takeaways from his live talk yesterday:
- Knowledge has little to do with success.
- Write books (in my case blog although my 3rd. one is coming) to influence people beyond your personal touch.
- Add value to people.
- Leadership is influence.
- You have to know your audience.
- Put your money where your values are.
- People don’t care how much you know, they know how much you care.
- Develop teams. Develop people.
- One is too small of a number for greatness. The big things in life require people.
- The size of your dream depends on your team.
- Personal belief is important, but it has to be accompanied by belief in your purpose.
- The definition of a nightmare is a big dream and a bad team. Develop your team in order to develop your dream.
- The adversity isn’t what sinks you.
- It’s not what happens to me, it’s what happens in me.
- Sometimes you win sometimes, you learn.
- If you’re growing, what you did yesterday won’t satisfy you today.
- Learn to increase your influence.
- Prioritize your life.
- It’s not how hard you work, it’s how smart you work. Being busy isn’t impressive.
- Give 100% of yourself to people who do the same.
- Character is the foundation of everything.
- Laugh at your mistakes. Disclose your failures and your shortcomings. Be an authentic leader.
- Live between the lines.
- Know that your gifts are better than you are, because you are human.
- You can’t dwell on mistakes.
- An out of touch leader, is out of touch with his/her people.
- If you can’t figure yourself out, you can’t figure other people out.
- You’re either a plus or minus. If you’re a plus, you’re intentional.
- Be a motivational teacher.
- You can’t lead and moan at the same time.
- The value of failure is in the lesson.
- Learning is overrated unless you improve. You only re-enter when you’ve improved.
- Value yesterday, but live in today.
- You’re only as good as your last __________.
- You have an 18 to 24 hour lifespan of your best moment, then it’s over.
- Don’t rest on the best. If you rest on the best, then you get left.
- You can’t be 100% at your best all of the time. Best is just for the moment and best can always be improved.
In your life and your business, the big picture should always be getting bigger and clearer. Life doesn’t give you the option of knowing before you go. It’s in the going that you get the knowing. Leaders think ahead, because the future comes unannounced.
I hope these nuggets serve you as they will me from today forward.