This has been a project that has taken over three and a half years to complete, that at many times, felt had stalled and needed to be abandoned.
In early 2013, my colleague and friend, Kathy Sparrow, and I were having a Skype conversation and we discussed the possibility of collaborating together on a project. At that time, we did not know what that would entail and remained open to all possibilities.
In August that year, we were both on the assisting team at our mentor, Jack Canfield’s 5-day event, Breakthrough to Success, and further discussed the idea of collaborating. Kathy had received insights that writing a book would be how we’d collaborate. That was the start of the idea.
Important Things to Know if You Are in Any Form of Leadership Role
There is a law of the universe which states that any living thing that is not growing, is actually dying. Learning equals growth.
As we live in a universe that is in a constant state of motion, we have to be continuously learning and evolving because nothing stays the same.
If we take our physical health as an example—if we don’t pay attention to it and eat unhealthy foods or stop doing any form of exercise, then it will affect us in a negative way.
Similarly, if we stop learning, we’ll be left behind and won’t be able to keep up with things that are continuously changing.
I remember when I had completed my university studies, I thought my learning days were over. Having spent so much time in an academic learning environment, I couldn’t wait to go out into the real world.
Just like anyone else, leaders have good days and challenging days. A leader’s true character is really tested during challenging times.
Those who are able to step up and face their challenges head-on will continue to improve their leadership abilities, while those who do not cope well, will find themselves facing more challenging situations on a regular basis.
There are many things a person can do to improve their leadership abilities and these include:
Asking for feedback from their team members, peers and superiors.
The reality is that all leaders go through low periods during their leadership journey. Just like a sportsperson will go through a form slump, being a leader can be the same. The key is knowing how to respond during such events.
Why The Ability To Influence Others Is A Key Leadership Quality To Have
Leadership is often regarded as the ability to influence others to act or behave in order to achieve common objectives.
When it comes to mass influence, it’s often a mystery why some leaders are able to create powerful movements whereas other leaders struggle to get their message across to those they want to influence.
In this TEDx talk, influence expert, Teresa de Grosbois, who is also a featured expert in the upcoming online summit, Ignite The Leader Within, shares that “thing” that creates a leader so compelling and influential that the world turns when they speak.
Action Step: Choose one thing that Teresa shared during her talk and apply it this week whenever you are in a leadership role, whether that is professionally or personally.
Question: What was your biggest takeaway from this talk?