“Everything rises and falls on leadership,” as Dr. John Maxwell once said. If you are a leader in any capacity and this includes moms, dads, coaches, managers, C-level executives and ownership you cannot miss this podcast. There are specific questions you need to ask yourself every New Year that are of utmost importance. Find out what they are and how to stay the course when you’re growing business today.
Ken is the author of the upcoming book Guerilla Marketing Today, part of the best-selling Guerilla Marketing series, and best-selling author of Online Income: Navigating the Internet Minefield and co-author with Brian Tracy of Against The Grain. He is currently working on his next book Trust Trumps Everything: Why Your Digital Footprint Determines Your Income.
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The title of this podcast is Reminders. Everything rises and falls on leadership. That comes from Dr. John Maxwell. Dr. John Maxwell, if you haven’t been to Barnes & Noble lately, occupies more shelve space than any author in the history of Barnes & Noble. I believe 90% of everything he writes has the word leadership in the title. He is by far the world’s foremost leader on leadership. His original goal was to create a million leaders. He’s created eight million. The guy is absolutely amazing. If you have kids, a spouse, employees, vendors, clients, patients, customers, students, if you have anybody that looks to you to lead, your number one job at least once a year is to remind them as to why they view you as a leader.
Podcast Episode 304 was about clearing the mechanism. Clearing the noise so you can avoid decision constipation because then you can make a quality decision. Episode 305 was about making that single solid decision and then managing that decision daily with massive action. Episode 306 is about what goes into the movement, that massive action that executes the decision you made.
All great movement is started by a leader. All great accomplishments are started with a decision and a single step, and all great achievement results from a decision movement and a relentless leader. A leader who will not stop leading until the decision is executed. Ask yourself the following, “Who am I leading? Who actively follows me? Who passively follows me? Who watches me?” Let’s switch gears a little bit, “Am I a good example to follow? Do I take shortcuts? Am I negative? Does my leadership resonate? Is my leadership magnetic?”
If this podcast is resonating with you, I urge you to go back. It’s one of our top twenty most downloaded episodes called Success Wheel. Digest it. You might want to hear that one twice because that, at its core, is how a leader is built from the ground up. It’s about what goes into a leader, why do people follow a leader, and how can you become an absolutely incredible leader. Here’s the most important question in relating leadership to company growth, “Am I regularly reminding those following me as to why they should?”
This is where I branch off a little bit and I talk about a principle that Bill Hybels teaches once in a while and he calls it the hireling versus the owner. He says that leaders over time, they melt a little bit. They morph a little bit and in the beginning they’re leading because they had a vision, they’re pumped, they’re going, people are following. Then all of a sudden, they get trapped in the day-to-day routine of the work involved with their vision.All great achievement results from a decision movement and a relentless leader. Click To Tweet
Then there comes a fork in the road. It sometimes takes a month, sometimes a year, sometimes ten years, but they get to this fork and they go either left and they just become a hireling, and they’re part of the company. They’re in the day-to-days and they’re in the meetings. They’re the final decision-maker, but they’re just there. Then there’s the owner and the owner once a year, once every six months or in some blast every couple years, they step back into the company. They rip their shirt apart, put their chest out, and take a big risk, take a big gamble.
They find a way to lead the company direction nobody expected. They add an S-Curve if you’re not sure of that, that’s episode number one. They do the most dramatic thing the company could ever experience and they drop an S-Curve onto the company. I’ve dropped an S-Curve on this company three times in five years. If you are not sure what that means, I urge you to please go to episode number one, which is now found in Today’s Growth Classics. The question is this, are you regularly reminding those following you as to why they should? I hope this helps. Take care.