3 Signs You Are Not a True Leader

Are you a leader? Here are 3 signs that you are not one

I have said this a million times, “Just because you have the money to buy a business, does not make you a good boss, just because you can make kids does not make you a good parent, just because you can stir a crowd’s emotions does not make you a good pastor, and just because you have a leadership position does not make you a good leader.”

Have you ever been around those that just downright inspire you?  These pioneers are forging ahead into uncharted territory, and for some reason you are wanting to follow them.  Many times we want to talk about what a leader truly is, but I want to give you three signs you are not a true leader.

1. You Lack People Skills 

Or at least you lack a willingness to learn.  I am amazed at those in a leadership position, how they lack some of the most basic people skills.  Grumpy, grouchy, whiny, fussy, argumentative, and mean are just a few of the attributes of a horrible leader.

It takes true skill to work with others and lead them along the way.  Studying and learning people should be a lifetime work of yours as a leader.  Our interactions should be skillful and on purpose to create a desired effect on others.  Here are a few people skills that those in leadership positions need:

  • Positive Attitude– A smile and a positive attitude is contagious. But so is a frown and bad attitude.
  • Patience– When you deal with people you are not dealing with angelic beings.  People are flawed and imperfect and need time to blossom and grow.
  • Coaching– Growing people and helping them reach their potential is a true skill.
  • Empathy– Feeling someone else’s pain.  The ability to understand and share the feelings of other.
  • Emotional intelligence– Being able to read other people and their emotions.

These are just a few skills we need to learn and without them it is impossible to be a true leader.  You are not a leader because you try to get everyone to fit into your mold.  You belittle them instead of inspire.  You micro-manage instead of coach.  You simply do not understand human emotion and the ability to tap into a person mind and help them unleash the potential that lies dormant in their life.

Most teams and even our children and spouses feel defeated, let down, crushed, depressed, because those in leadership fail to connect with them and motivate them.  I encourage you leaders to take time to learn others.  Pick up a book, look up information on a web page, or interview a successful people person and develop the skills required to be a leader.

2.  You Lack Self-Confidence

According to Dictionary.com, self-confidence is the belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities.  I am not speaking of cockiness and arrogance, but of a calm assurance on the inside that you are the person that can lead these group of people to the desired goal.  

Many people view a boisterous and jovial personality as someone that is self-confident, when in reality it can be the very opposite.  Others view rich people as people with self-confidence, when the truth is a lot of rich people are insecure because of their riches. It amazes me how self-confidence can ultimately build confidence.  How do you build your self-confidence?

  • Have a thorough knowledge of your industry-  Experts can be dogmatic in what they say and believe, because they know what they are talking about.  Be the person everyone wants to come to in your industry because you have a knowledge that others have not taken the time to acquire.
  • Read positive material-  How to communicate with people, how to be a leader, devotionals, sales books, self-help books, team-work books, any thing and everything that you can get your hands on.  The reason is there will be so many people that will throw negative arrows towards you that you will need an arsenal of positive thoughts to deflect their poison.  Plus you will just need encouragement along the way to help you when you are down.
  • Make sure your self-talk is good-  Kind of the same lines as read positive material.   But the truth remains what you say to yourself really does matter.  Make sure your speech absolutely is consumed with positive words.  I am not saying do not be realistic, but I am saying there is enough negativity in this world, we need to speak positive words to ourselves and maintain a positive lifestyle.

When we build our self-confidence we in turn build our confidence.  Have faith in yourself and your abilities.  MOST PEOPLE NEVER RISE TO BEING GREAT LEADERS BECAUSE THEY FALL INTO THE TRAP OF SELF-DEPRECIATION AND THEY LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS INSTEAD OF CHASING THEIR DREAMS.

3. You Have No Drive to Be a Leader

I work with people that simply want to stay on the base level, never realizing their potential, never motivated to learn, never excited about the numbers, always a bad attitude towards the customers, never willing to sacrifice.  They tell me they use to be managers and assistant managers, and I say I do not buy one minute of that.

One sign that you are not a leader is simply you do not have the drive to be one.  Being a leader is more than just a position for the successful leader. It is a chase and a challenge for true leaders.  It is a passion of theirs that drives them to the top.

I get my stomach full of going to places and watching management that are so lackadaisical, so uninterested, so complacent, and could care less.  It is going to take drive and passion to get your team moving and at the top of your industry.  We need motivated leaders to step up and show their families, their teams, their churches, and any other organization that they mean business and want to go to the pinnacle and take their team with them.

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. 

-Colin Powell

Conclusion

There are way more than three signs that you are not a leader, but take these three and chew on them this week.  Make it a point to change one thing in your life to make you a better leader.  I promise that when you do that you will become the successful leader that you always wanted to be.

Dustin Carr

thesuccessfulleader.wordpress.com

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The Leader and Their Stinky Feet

Do you have stinky feet as a leader? Your morals say volumes about you!

Do you ever notice not all feet are created equal?  Some people have nice feet and some have ugly feet.  For instance, my toes are crooked with a patch of ugly hair on my big toe.  I shudder at the thought!  But then there are those blessed people who aren’t afraid to where sandals or these women that wear toe rings.  Now that’s confidence!

Feet come in all shapes and sizes; fat feet, flat feet, long feet, and small feet!  Sounds like a Dr. Seuss story!  But for me the worse kind of feet are stinky feet.  I do not rub feet, massage feet, or even touch feet!  I know some people, when they peel their socks off will make you turn puke green.

Feet are what we stand on.  They keep us balanced.  Before one can become a great leader, that person needs to be standing on a solid foundation.  You cannot discuss leadership without discussing morality.  We have people in leadership positions that are, rich, smart, and attractive.  But there is a sharp decline in leaders that are moral.  These “leaders” truly have stinky feet.

Everyone is apart of an ethical system, whether it is social, company, professional, or family ethics.  Ethics can change based on whether you’re apart of a jury or at work, in the U.S. or China, but what usually never changes is a person’s morals.

Morals define your character and only God knows we need men and women with a strong moral resolve.  Let’s get something straight, everyone has different morals, and the purpose of this article is not to push my morals on you but rather to shed light on some universal morals that leaders can acquire to build their strength as a respected leader.  Let’s look at a few things to help you not have “stinky feet” as a leader and give you a foundation that you can stand firmly upon.

Get In Line!

Profootcenter.com says, “The 52 bones in your feet make up one quarter of all the bones in your body. When they are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body.” (1)

We can draw a comparison to our morality, in the fact that when our morals are out of line so is everything else you do as a leader.  When their is cracks in your foundation, the building faces a chance of complete disaster!

“All are agreed, that the increase of learning and good morals are great blessings to society.”

-Joseph Lancaster

A person in leadership without morals is an abominable monster.  Look at men like Hitler and Stalin, they had a great following and influenced people in almost a magical way, but yet led there followers into great genocidal warfare and sought to destroy millions of people.

Let us not look at the extreme but rather a boss or a pastor without a moral compass.  A leader without their moral compass is like a ship at sea with their people, dashed about by the waves, wondering aimlessly without any real direction.  Get in line, because when your feet bones aren’t in the right place, your whole body suffers as a result.

Standing on Landmines

I had a boss once that told me business is like walking through a field of landmines.  And you know it makes a lot of sense to me as I have been managing for several years now.  We may not be able to dodge every explosive but we can do some things to help us avoid them to the best of our abilities.  Allow me to give you some morals that string through all cultures and countries that will help you build this solid foundation.

  • Honesty-  Honesty is not the “best” policy, it is the “only” policy.
  • Integrity-  Integrity towards women and men.  No sexual advances. No rewards for promiscuous behavior.  Stay professional with no locker room talk and uncouth words.  
  • Keep your hands out of the money-  No money laundering or stealing.
  • Create a competitive atmosphere but a safe atmosphere.

Bank intern who died, after ‘working for 72 hours’ felt pressure to excel.”   This is the article from The Telegraph.  (2) “citing a reference not my personal opinion.”

A title from investopedia.com, “Enron Scandal: The Fall of a Wall Street Darling” (3)

A Fox News article title runs chills down my spine, “Police: A Florida pastor caught with man’s wife flees naked” (4)

These are all people and board members in leadership position that broke universal rules of moral engagement and society has paid a dear price.  Leaders today are not “stepping” on landmines, they are straight up “standing” on them.

We read and hear stories everyday of “leaders” falling into some sort of immorality.  They have stinking feet!  The foundation they are standing on is corrupted and there for they cannot effectively lead in any aspect.

Walk A Mile In There Shoes

We have all heard the old adage, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”  As a leader this should be your motto.  Your morals may be different then mine in some aspects, but a universal truth that has rang down through the ages is to treat people with respect and dignity.

“Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

 -Some really cool person

Leaders have a moral responsibility to their people, their congregation, their spouses and children, their co-workers, and yes, those pesky neighbors of yours.  News Flash:  You wouldn’t be in a leadership position, without others following your footsteps.

Leaders lose touch with their people on a daily basis.  Walking in other’s shoes can bring them back to reality of the struggle and battle that they are going through.  Here are a few actions you can take to be a moral leader with your people:

  1. Be honest with them.  Pay them an honest wage and also be honest with your communication.  Do not do them wrong.  Do not cheat them.
  2. Never talk down to them.
  3. Do not physically or mentally abuse them.
  4. Despite their personal beliefs, lifestyles, or race, show them dignity.
  5. Show empathy and get to know them.
  6. Follow through on your promises.

There are many more things you can say there and feel free to comment on what you believe to be important.  Walk a mile in their shoes and remember what it’s like to be responsible for a group of people, the standing you have with them, and their view of you.

Do not develop stinking feet.  Hold to the universal morals that can raise your head and shoulders above your peers.  Let us restore the confidence people once had in leadership in days gone by.  Clean your feet up and wash them real good, so you can be the successful leader.

 

Dustin Carr

http://www.thesuccessfulleader.wordpress.com

(1) http://www.profootcenter.com/25-fun-foot-facts

(2) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10255199/Bank-intern-who-died-after-working-for-72-hours-felt-pressure-to-excel.html

(3) http://www.investopedia.com/updates/enron-scandal-summary/

(4) http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/31/police-florida-pastor-caught-with-man-wife-flees-naked.html

 

 

 

 

 

The Handy Leader

You do not become a leader from laziness! Some people believe that work is a four-letter curse word. Look at all the great leaders that we read about and I promise you that one of their shining characteristics were that they worked extremely hard.

Your hands speaks volumes about you!  I personally work with my hands everyday of my life.  People often times ask me what I do for a living, and I say, “I manage a preventive maintenance shop.”  And they respond by saying they figured, based on how my hands look.  Hands are a very important part of our body, so much so that we take for granted many times the functionality and value that they provide for us each and everyday of our lives.

In John C. Maxwell’s book, Thinking For a Change, in the cartoon, Charlie Brown is holding up his hands and telling Lucy, “These are the hands which may someday accomplish great things.  These are hands which may someday do marvelous works!  They may build mighty bridges, or heal the sick, or hit home runs, or write soul-stirring novels!  These are the hands which may someday change the course of destiny!”  Lucy looks at his hands and simply says, “They’ve got jelly on them.” (1)

Your hands are a big part of your dreams and your ability to lead.  As a kid I would play games, throw rocks, and build tree houses.  My hands then began to write equations, take test, and wash dishes at a part-time job.  Now my hands work everyday, hold my babies, and point others in the right direction.  I have great plans for my hands, I want them to do great things and make great things happen.  Let me give you a few thoughts on how you can use your hands to lead.

Remember There Are No Handouts

As a leader we should not expect any handouts or freebies.  Do not get me wrong, sometimes the pendulum swings our way and a gift will fall right into our laps.  I for one will take full advantage of it and exploit it to the best of my abilities.  But for the most part nothing is for free and we should fully expect to earn our way to the top.

I never was a person who wanted a handout. I was a cafeteria worker. I’m not too proud to ask the Best Western manager to give me a job. I have cleaned homes.

-Shirley Jackson

Old-timers and even a great majority of the people today understand this concept, that permanent handouts can cripple a person’s ability to lead.  Here are a few things to help you climb your way to the top:

  • Accept responsibility- Understand where you are at right now.  You might be at the bottom.  Or you may not be an effective leader with a dysfunctional team.  Accept your position and situation.
  • Develop a plan-  What is your plans to grow as a leader?  What is your projection of where you are going?  How are you going to get to the top?  Be specific, be realistic, but be optimistic.
  • Work your butt off-  Do not accept handouts! WORK YOUR BUTT OFF!  MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Handouts will do nothing but weaken you and keep you down.  Do not accept the way things are.  Do not accept the status quo!  Do not wait for something to happen, do something about it!

Getting Your Hands Dirty

You do not become a leader from laziness!  Some people believe that work is a four-letter curse word.  Look at all the great leaders that we read about and I promise you that one of their shining characteristics were that they worked extremely hard.

“Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave, whither thou goest.”

-Ecclesiastes 9:10

You must determine what it is you want.  Do you want a good marriage?  Do you want your congregation to grow?  Do you want to meet a new sales goal?  Do you want a nice bass boat?  Do you want straight A’s?

Whatever it is you want, you need to wrapped your hands around the plow, put your nose down, and drive forward.  You will break a sweat, be tested and tried, broken and beaten!  But let consistency be your friend!  Let patience be your confidant!  Embrace discipline as your brother and work as your sister!

Managing and leading can be a dirty job.  Dealing with people and personalities can give you callouses and blisters.  Leading your family in this crazy generation can litter your body with bumps and bruises.  But in the end it can be said of you that your were not afraid of a little work.  You gave it everything you got!

I learned the value of hard work by working hard.

-Margaret Mead

muddy-pig

“Finesse”

I am reminded of the early days of working in the preventive maintenance industry, I would be working with a lot of plastic pieces underneath the hood of a car.  Inevitably, I would break something and have to go and explain myself to the boss.  He would just shake his head and say “Finesse!  Finesse! Finesse!  It’s just plastic! Be easy with it!”

Leadership is a lot like this.  Working with people takes lots of finesse.  I liken it to an artist that has the most delicate touch.  Most artist do not use hammers and shovels to paint a masterpiece, but rather use the slightest stroke and pinpoint accuracy when placing the brush to the canvas.

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

-John Wooden

Here a few quick thoughts to help you with finesse:

  • Have a passion for being a leader
  • Seek mastery in all you do
  • Never be afraid of failure, just get another canvas

Finesse requires an expert touch from years of training, years of failure and success, knowledge of the paints and canvas, and years of taking raw material and applying them with such vision, passion, and skills.

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

-Aristotle

Finally, as a leader, do not accept handouts, do not be afraid to get your hands dirty, and remember that finesse will create the masterpiece.  Look now at both of your hands and ask yourself, “What am I doing with these hands, that will make me a great leader, a great parent, or a great student?”  You can be a hands on leader and truly make a difference.  Now go for it!

 

 

3 Ways To Get “Back” To Leading

Screaming in excruciating pain, leadership in this world today seems to have fallen and broken it’s back.  One of the worst injuries a person can sustain is a broken back, creating all kinds of havoc upon the life of the individual.  By way of introduction, I am going to mention a few common effects of a back that has been broken:

  1.  Crippled Leadership– Ineffective Leading
  2.  Paralyzed Leadership– Inactive Leading
  3.  Dead Leadership– Indefinite Loss of Leading

Leadership needs to get “back” to doing what it’s function was meant to do-LEAD!  Many “leaders” need to press their “life alert” button, because they “have fallen and can’t get up!”

Staying with our theme, “The Anatomy of a Leader,” I want to give you three ways that will affect a leaders back and get them “back” to leading.

Get a Backbone

I love this quote I saw sometime ago,

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

-Alexander the Great

We need a generation of leaders that are going to get some grit in their crawl and take a stand.  Strong leadership is one of the crowning jewels of a nation, a business, and a family.  Sometimes, that means standing alone!  Sometimes, that means being misunderstood, or even mocked.  But the leader with a backbone has weathered many a storm, and has stood on the bow of the ship and guided it through some rough waters.

Do not confuse what I am saying. I am not talking about being belligerent, loud, and obnoxious.  Being a jerk and running people over is not leadership.

You may be an introvert and still be strong, quite but confident, and humble but bold. Some of the greatest leaders in history were introverts. They lead without being loud!  They leave their mark without being a mockery!  They can guide without acting like God!  They have authority without a bad attitude!

Having a backbone, standing strong, and guiding with confidence, will get you “back” to leading.

Backing Up is Not an Option

Forward progress should be the direction of every aspiring leader.  Carrying the weight of the world and feeling the pressure of your position will many times send the leader into retreat and backing out of their responsibility.

Fear is a great monster that torments our mind, but can be a great motivator that thrusts into forward motion.  Fear holds back many leaders and cripples them from any real and true progress.

“There can be no retreat when there’s no rear. You can’t retreat, or even withdraw, when you’re surrounded. The only thing you can do is to break out, and in order to do that you have to attack, and that is what we’re about to do. Heck, all we’re doing is attacking in a different direction.”

—Marine Major General Oliver P. Smith, in Korea, 1950

Great leaders know that there is no retreat.  No retreat in the fire!  No retreat in the fight!  No retreat in the face of failure!  What are you going to retreat to?  Where would you go and what would you be doing?  Those with a backbone must not back up or back down, but march on!

The back is the most vulnerable part of the body when you are in the retreat mode.  You cannot protect it or shield it.  Let me give you a few things that will keep you from moving backwards:

  • Courage- Merriam-Webster said that courage is the “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”

Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. -Walt Disney

  • Confidence- Confidence is a state of mind.  To me confidence comes from small victories every single day.  I go to work every day with the mindset of winning.  We have the best product.  We have a great team.  We have an amazing customer base.  I can have confidence in the fact that whatever I face or whatever I feel, I can overcome it by simply pressing forward and not giving up.
  • A Calling- If you do not believe in what you are doing, read my lips, “YOU WILL NOT MAKE IT!”  It has to be a passion that drives you through the fiercest trials and battles.  You need to find your calling!  You know what it is!  It has been nagging on you for years.  Go for it and do not look back!

Use your back for other purposes other than retreating, and those around you will follow you and trust you, because they can see that you are a person that is willing to stick with the stuff no matter what!

Brace Yourself

When I lifted weights a lot, one thing I wore all the time was a back brace.  I would be lifting heavy weights and would need additional support to keep from hurting my back.

Listen, you need to brace yourself for the burdens that you are about to lift.  The leader needs a strong back in order to carry such a load.  Why wear a brace?

  1. Support- As a leader you need support.  Whether it is motivational resources, a mentor, a spouse, your team, or whatever you deem strong enough to keep you motivated.
  2. Strength- Constant training is necessary but will leave you weak and vulnerable at times.  A brace will help you maintain form and posture, to best assist you in your strength training.  You will need strength as a leader!

These two things will help you brace for failure and fatigue.  Do not let the burden of a leader cause you to back away or back down, but rather put a passion in you to lead with great influence.

The ability to handle these loads will determine your ability to lead. It’s true, the leader carries great burdens, more than the average person.  Brace for it and press on!

Your back is without a doubt a vital part to your body.  It affects your lumbar, posture, nervous system.  It attaches the brain and the tail bone.  The back is important to the leader’s anatomy and must be protected at all cost.  TheSuccessfulLeader blog wants you to get “back” to what you love to do and are passionate about-Leading!

-Dustin Carr

http://www.thesuccessfulleader.wordpress.com

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“No Guts, No Glory!”

“Who am I kiddin’? I ain’t even in the guy’s league…It don’t matter, ’cause I was nobody before…I was nobody. That don’t matter either, ya know…It really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed. And if I can go that distance, ya see, and that bell rings, ya know, and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, ya see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.” 

-Rocky Balboa

Rocky is without a question one of the greatest movie series of all time.  I mean, what is there not to love about a small-town underdog competing with big league boxers, overcoming great odds, and marrying the woman of his dreams?  We all can quote the movie, we love to run upstairs and throw our hands up and start shadow boxing like the Italian Stallion, and all of us guys can quote the scenes where Rocky is trying to woo Adrianne with his savvy Italian accent and goofy little sayings.

The left-hander seemed to have it all, but what made him so great was the fact he had guts!  When you think of the Anatomy of a Leader, you cannot bypass the fact that every great leader has guts.

It is almost like this meme I seen the other day, “I was cut from a different cloth, and they don’t make my fabric anymore.”  Have you ever met people like Rocky that were cut from a different cloth?  Every generation has them, every age group has their rising star, every industry has their genius, every army has their general, and every family has their patriarch or matriarch. These stars outshines the rest of the pack, they stand head above shoulders to their peers.  They saw differently, spoke differently, acted differently, but most of all they had the guts to lead their generation.  Let me give you a few points that will hopefully inspire you to be a successful leader.

 1.) Be Willing to Start at the Bottom

Rocky Balboa is a fictional character, but gives a true representation of all the great leaders that we have come to know and love.  He was just another kid, scrapping his way around town and trying to make his mark on life.  It takes guts to step into the ring each day and battle your way to the top!

Starting at the bottom is awesome!  I see three things that gives me optimism with starting from the bottom:

  • There is room for advancement
  • There is so much knowledge to gain
  • It teaches you work ethic and perspective

My mom worked at McDonald’s, and she decided she wanted to make more money, so she got into the management program at McDonald’s. And that’s how you move up the chain. It’s not by demanding that minimum wage is raised; it’s by actually acquiring the skills. That’s the way that people get ahead in life.   -Raul Labrador

It takes guts to start at the bottom and work your tail off to rise to the top!  I do not know where I saw this from, but our generation complains about $8 an hour when our grandparents seen it as opportunity in their day.  I love that!

Rocky rose to the top!  He worked to the top!  He bled to the top!  And when you rise to the top this way, you feel humbled, yet you feel like you belong there.

2.)  Be Willing to Rise to the Top

My mind goes back thirteen years ago, as a young man starting in the preventive maintenance industry vacuuming cars and cleaning their windows.  I never thought of being anything other than that.  A few short years after starting with the company, I became the assistant manager and then a year or two later I rose to the top management position.  

Drawing from my own experience I can give you a few things that assisted me in rising to the top.

  • I worked my butt off– As a courtesy technician I worked my tail off.  We were doing to 35 to 45 cars a day and I was working 54 to 58 hrs a week.  Every position I took, I strove to be the best.  Do not wait for luck to come your way, prove yourself and create your own luck.
  • I wanted to learn–  I wasn’t satisfied with just doing courtesy.  I wanted to know every position in the building and be the best at every position.  When I became management, I made a ton of mistakes but I bought every book, watched every video to help me maximize my effectiveness.  Now, later in my life I decided to go to school for business management to rise to the next level.
  • I was never satisfied–  I am never satisfied where my team is.  I want to always drive for records.  I always want to maximize my team’s efficiency.  I want to take our team to whole new heights.

It takes guts to rise to the top.  The ascent to the top is full of obstacles and setbacks, and it means having guts of steel to make it to the highest summit.

3.)  Take Others With You

Never forget that when you climb the summit all by yourself you are only risking your own life.  That is the safest way to go.  When you get to the top by yourself, you alone get all the glory.  That is the selfish way to go.

climbers on everest

It is when you take others with you and you invest in people that you take the greatest risks.  It takes guts to invest in others.

John C. Maxwell said it best, “Teamwork makes the dream work!”

The leader trains, they communicate, they cast a vision, and they bear the load so that their team shines in the end, so when it is all said in done the leader can say, “We did it together!”

Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.

-Chris Hadfield

Conclusion

This is no doubt my most important blog yet.   Do you have the guts it takes to be a true leader?  To train harder, work harder, risk more, shine less, and be the leader that you need to be to make a difference.  Never be satisfied and get the guts it takes to make it!