Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term, positive impact on the people and organizations we lead. For this, we need character. Effective leadership is an inside-out job.
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In helping people build their platforms, I often meet individuals whose public image is better developed than their personal character. They are one person on stage and another when the spotlight is off. It is this fundamental lack of integrity that undermines their effectiveness and, left unchecked, can destroy their legacy.
Instead of posting a new episode of my podcast today, I want to encourage you to listen to Andy Stanley’s recent podcast series, Breathing Room. I just finished listening to it yesterday and knew I had to share it with you.
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Do you ever feel like you can’t catch your breath? Do you run from one activity to the next without any margin? Are you stressed, overwhelmed, and close to burnout? If so, this series is exactly what the doctor ordered.
In a Commencement Address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs said,
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Ric Elias was a passenger on flight 1579, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? In this short five-minute speech, he shares how facing his own death gave him a new perspective on life. It’s well worth watching. (Thanks to Darrell Vesterfelt at the Storyline Blog for sharing this.)
I’m guessing most people have heard of the Placebo Effect. A doctor tells a patient this little pill is going to help cure whatever ails her. But the pill is no medicine at all. It is a sugar pill. The unknowing patient believes she’s going to get better, so she does. It is the positive expectation that creates the cure.
Have you ever thought about what power a placebo really has? The Placebo Effect is not some imaginary thing. A real chemical change happens within a person’s body after taking a sugar pill (or receiving a saline injection, sham procedure, etc.) because the person believes in the medicinal quality.
Registration for my new course, “5 Days to Your Best Year Ever” is now closed. If you would like to be added to our Early Notificaton List, click here. We will let the people on that list know first when the course is available again. We will also make available special bonuses to that list that are unavailable to the general public.
This is a guest post by Wayne Stiles. He is an Executive Vice President at Insight for Living Ministries and author of several books, including Grow Strong. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.
Not long ago, a man in front of me at the checkout line spent $100 on lottery tickets. “Hey,” I asked him, “do you ever break even on all that?”
Hopefully, by now you have written goals for this next year. If not, my new course, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever, can guide you through the process.
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But as much as I believe in having a set of written goals, it is not enough. You have to take action and then systematically measure your progress. Fortunately, there are numerous apps designed for just this purpose.