5 reminders about staying effective in leadership

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[vimeo id="110404834"] I’ve always believed in leading with distinction and accomplishing tasks with excellence. I also believe in thinking bigger and dreaming dreams that are beyond your reach. However, many leaders will reach their goals and find themselves struggling to dream bigger and leading further. Mark Sanborn recently shared 5 ways to lead larger. I think these 5 points will help you become more effective in your leadership.

Here they are along with some of my own thoughts.

First, expand your vision and expect more instead of less. I love the quote Mark shared by Daniel Burnham, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood….” Essentially, Daniel challenges us to make plans that excite us and the people on our teams. Take the vision that you have birthed and invest in its growth. Let it become too big for you. Then, you’ll be in a good spot to start working towards it.

Second, increase your learning. We’ve all heard this at least once before in our lives, but the old adage remains true, “Leaders are Readers.” Leaders can never stop learning. The more you learn, the greater your vision becomes. Always stay up-to-date with the journals in your field. This is a great way to keep ahead of the curve and keep growing.

Third, narrow your focus. Would you like to do everything in a mediocre fashion or do one thing with excellence? If you don’t know what the answer is, it should be one great thing instead of 20 okay things. Don’t let other things distract you from your main mission. Companies that succeed focus their resources on one mission – not a hundred.

Fourth, improve your team. Mark Sanborn made the statement that, “you will be as successful as the people who work with you.” I couldn’t agree more. First-rate people hire first-rate people, while second-rate people hire third-rate people. Just as you need to keep learning and improving so does the team you are working with. Get the best people you possibly can on your team.

Fifth, enjoy the process. What I mean is, have fun! Always remember to enjoy every step of the journey. Don’t just celebrate the large victories, but the small wins too! Rejoice in the progress and cherish every moment. Every small victory will help create momentum and help your team reach even greater wins.

Thanks for checking out my blog today. I trust these few ideas have encouraged you and shaped your leadership. If you have some follow up thoughts, please feel free to respond below. Have a great day.