Everyone has an internal mindset. Some people are positive and some are negative. Some live from a position of fear, while others exist in a state of constant power. A question leaders often ask is, “How do I transform a person or group’s mindset, into one that can be beneficial to the desired result? In other words, how do I motivate and influence others toward an expected end?
If you can’t lead yourself, how can you expect others to follow you? There’s nothing worse than following a leader who has no idea where they are going.
When you judge someone, it says more about you than it does the other person. It also damages something that is almost irreparable.
When looking to instill confidence in others, you first need to have it yourself. But where do we get it?
Some people spend a lot of time coming up with the perfect Thanksgiving speech or post that expresses their “thankfulness” for this or that. I think as leaders we shouldn’t fall into that trap. Time to dump the Thanksgiving speech.
What is free, available to all, and immeasurably valuable, yet used improperly by some leaders?
I wrote an article here about recovering from mistakes. In it, I gave 5 ways to recover from your mistakes. In this series, I will look at each one a little deeper.
1. Accept the mistake.
2. Don’t beat yourself up.
3. Find value.
4. Have a main goal to shift back to.
5. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Today we explore #4- Have a main goal to shift back to.
Some events unfolded recently that inspired me to update an article from last Thanksgiving. It’s pretty hard to motivate someone to accomplish a goal if they don’t think you’re in the boat with them. You can only yell “stroke” from the beach for so long. Pretty soon, they won’t be able to hear you. Then what?
I just watched a series on HBO called “The Defiant Ones”. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I just thought it was a story about Dr. Dre and NWA’s rise to superstardom. I can’t say I was a huge fan of the music, but I do like a good success story. As always, I’m steadily looking for leadership lessons in everything and this documentary provided me with an unexpected epiphany. And it didn’t have anything to do with Dr. Dre or NWA.