A Dripping Faucet on a Quiet Night

The statement, “Everything rises and falls on leadership,” nags me like a dripping faucet on a quiet night.

I told John Maxwell that I feel the weight of his statement. He replied optimistically that it also represents opportunity.

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If everything rises or falls on leadership, lead yourself.

15 ways to lead yourself:

  1. Find pull. Figure out what matters to you and let it pull you forward. One way to find pull is by monitoring your energy.
  2. Embrace rabid curiosity about everything, especially about things you think you understand. Spend a morning asking questions and exploring responses, nothing more.
  3. Aim at something. Think of vision in terms of the value you bring others. Projects matter, but people matter more. Leaders don’t wander. (Unless they are managing by wandering around.)
  4. Evaluate yourself with greater rigor than you evaluate others. Look in the mirror, but remember you seldom see yourself without the help of others.
  5. Extend second chances to yourself. Leadership without second chances is over.
  6. Develop yourself. The first development is self-development.
  7. Take care of your body. Food, exercise, and rest matter more than you think.
  8. Develop your ability to develop others.
  9. Build transparent relationships that strengthen your soul.
  10. Connect with people who are more skilled, talented, and successful than yourself.
  11. Become accountable to someone. Mutual accountability is a useful option.
  12. Reflect on your journey. Try keeping a journal. What are you learning? Who are you becoming?
  13. Move toward resistance.
  14. Think progress, not arrival.
  15. Find happiness by serving what matters, not indulgence, entitlement, or perks.

Who you are is more important than what you do.

If everything rises or falls on leadership, how might leaders lead themselves?

Which of these ideas seem most relevant to you? Why?

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