Intentional leadership is about living a life of significance. But what does “significance” mean?
Here’s how I look at it: “Success” happens when we achieve something for us – in other words, when we hit a personal goal, one that we have set for ourselves. It could be to lose weight, exercise more, get to work earlier or even goal for our team such as a revenue or profitability goal. It’s when we achieve something we want to do – that’s success.
“Significance” is when we help someone else succeed. Once you taste significance, success will no longer cut it. [bctt tweet=”Once you taste significance, success will no longer cut it. “]
One of my favorite workshop exercises is when I ask leaders to think of someone who has had a major impact on them – someone who has really helped them breakthrough or grow. Once they have a clear image of who that is, I ask what it was about that person that made such a difference. These are consistently the top three traits I hear:
- They cared about me. Zig Ziglar got it right 30+ years ago when he said “People don’t care how much we care until they know how much we care.”
- They listened. Think about that – the simple act of listening. Why do we have so much struggle listening when it means so much to those with whom we want to make a difference?[bctt tweet=”Why do we have so much struggle listening when it means so much to those with whom we want to make a difference?”]
- They believed in me at a time when I did not believe in myself. There is such a dearth of self-belief in our society that when a leader takes the time to truly see somebody’s strengths and then communicates to them how they see those strengths, it makes a tremendous difference in that individual.
What I have learned is that when someone grows, when they break through to a higher level of living, two things are typically present: 1) burning desire and 2) someone who can come alongside and help.
Intentional leadership is about being that person who inspires others, who adds value to others, who helps them go to whole new level. [bctt tweet=”Intentional leadership is about being that person who inspires others.”]
When you help someone grow think of the feelings of accomplishment and the joy that will be forever instilled in the other person. Is there anything more satisfying or more fulfilling than being in a position to offer this gift to others who so desperately need your leadership?
This Friday, October 9, we will host the Live2Lead Simulcast at Singley Academy in Irving. If you’d like to learn more about living and leading intentionally, please plan to join us. More information and tickets here. See what’s in store:
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