The 5 Marks of Authentic Leadership

Influence Matters, but It's Not the Whole Package

Countless people have written on what it means to be a leader. And almost everyone identifies influence as the primary characteristic.

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By definition, this means that leadership and position are two different things. Holding a title and a high rung on the company org chart doesn’t mean you’re a leader. Even people without these things can exert influence and thus leadership.

But leadership is more than influence.

How to Be a Storm-Proof Leader [Podcast S08E04]

5 Survival Secrets for Tough Times

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can become a storm-proof leader.

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Change and conflict aren’t new. Tough times WILL come—it’s a guarantee. For that reason, you and I need to learn how we’re going to respond before the storm happens. In this episode, we give you 5 survival secrets for leading in turbulent times.

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Camels vs. Stallions

Knowing the Difference Can Eliminate the Friction on Your Team

Every team experiences friction. But there is one source of friction I’ve observed in almost every organization I’ve ever been involved with. It comes down to a simple distinction, and I bet you’ve noticed it too.

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Depending on what side of the distinction you come down on, it’s easy to get frustrated with people on the other. It’s easy to see them as an obstacle to your success. I know because I’ve done that myself.

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How to Hire Team Members that Never Disappoint

3 Nonnegotiable Qualities the Best Team Members Share

This is a guest post by Megan Hyatt Miller. Megan is the Chief Operating Officer of Michael Hyatt & Company. She is also Michael’s oldest daughter. Megan, her husband Joel, and their four children make their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

As leaders, we spend an enormous amount of time, energy, and money trying to recruit top talent. I know I do. That’s why it’s critical that each hire is the right one. But what’s the secret to guarantee success?

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We’re in the midst of a season of intense hiring here at Michael Hyatt & Co. I always consider it a tremendous responsibility to add anyone to our team. The right hire can help us reach our goals. But the wrong hire can poison the team culture we’ve worked so hard to create.

The Difference Between a Sin and a Mistake

Do You Know the Difference?

In recent years, I have noticed an increasing tendency for people to confuse mistakes with sins. It happens at every level, whether someone is caught cheating on their spouse, filing false insurance claims, or shoplifting from a clothing store.

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Last week I read about the sex scandal that shipwrecked Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. Married for five decades, he threw it away for a female staffer thirty years his junior.

Bentley, now divorced, no longer talks with his family. He hasn’t even met his eighth grandchild, according to a well reported story in GQ. But what stood out for me is how the governor spoke about his affair.

Why Leaders Can’t Over-Communicate

5 Reasons to Speak Up and Speak Often

Leaders face a lot of problems, but poor communication is one they often create for themselves. In fact, nine in ten employees say it sabotages the success of executives, according to one study.

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The same study found the second biggest problem area for leaders was a lack of clear directions. I think this probably applies across the board—everything from mission and core values down to day-to-day operations.

I get it. Sometimes, as leaders, we think we’ve said what needs to be said. We’re actually worried about over-communicating. We don’t want to sound like a broken record.

If You Want to Be Successful, Be Less Accessible [Podcast S08E02]

(7 Simple Steps)

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss 7 simple steps to being more intentional about how you spend your time.

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If you are going to live according to a realistic schedule and maintain margin for your most important priorities, you must make some tough decisions about accessibility. The more successful we are, the less accessible we must become. Otherwise we’ll end up cheating those relationships and projects that matter most. In this podcast, we’ll help you avoid those mistakes.

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Yes, We Have No Office

Why Remote Working Is a Strategic Advantage for Now

I almost took a strategic misstep a few months back. Ever since I started my company, our team has worked remotely. We have twenty people in several different cities producing unparalleled results. But I wanted an office.

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With the help of a great agent, we narrowed the search to 10,000 square feet in the perfect building. But everything comes down to tradeoffs. When I weighed the cost of the space against the benefits of working remotely, it didn’t add up.

Why You Aren’t Dead Yet

Proof That Your Most Important Days Are Still Ahead

Several years ago, I had lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long while. He had just turned eighty. His mind was as sharp as ever—witty, inquisitive, and focused. He was also a great listener. When he did speak, wisdom dripped from his lips.

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At a point of genuine humility but deep uncertainty he asked me, “Michael, do you think I have anything left to contribute? Are my best days over?” Tears welled up in his eyes.

Encore Episode: How to Lead Transformational Conversations [Podcast]

10 Practical Strategies for Greater Influence

Our podcast is on hiatus for a few weeks as we prepare for Season 8. But we’ve gone through our content and found some of our most popular episodes to share with you during the transition. Enjoy this listener favorite!

In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can best leverage everyday conversations to make a difference in your relationships.

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A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is more about dialogue than the traditional model. But it’s not always intuitive and it takes some practice. Here are ten practical strategies you can use to gain greater influence.

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"Leadership is an education and the best leaders think of themselves as the students not the teachers." -Simon Sinek

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