How much of your time do you spend living in alignment with your vision? How much of your time do you spend doing the things to which you are truly committed? If we have not planned in advance how we want to be perceived we can get caught up in the moment and behave in ways that fall short of the standards we create for ourselves. Intentional leadership is the process of deciding in advance how we want to be perceived by those that we lead.
John Maxwell is about to release his new book called “Intentional Living.” We are getting ready for the Live2Lead: Irving simulcast on October 9 with a theme around intentionality. I encourage you to find a Live2Lead site near you and get signed up today. This event has the potential to significantly alter the course of your leadership path and your career. If you’re in the DFW area, please join us at Singley Academy in Irving for the event on October 9.
Additionally, think about three these things:
- Decide who you are and what you stand for. When you’re gone, what do you want people to say about you? In a word or a phrase, think about how you want to be remembered. Do you want them to say “I really respected that person” or “He really cared about us”? Or do you want them to say “I was scared to death of that person”? Or do you want them to say he or she was a real S.O.B.? You have the opportunity right now to write that course for yourself. What I see in the leaders I work with is that the best way to lead is through respect. Herb Kelleher built a great airline right here in Dallas called Southwest Airlines. I have yet to meet a person who worked for Herb or was a part of Southwest Airlines who did not have something great to say about that gentleman. Is that how you want to be known now and remembered? [bctt tweet=”Decide who you are and what you stand for. When you’re gone, what do you want people to say about you?”]
- Identify the gaps between how you want to be perceived and how you are behaving today. What do you need to change to move from where you are now to the leader you want to be? [bctt tweet=”What do you need to change to move from where you are now to the leader you want to be?”]
- Commit to closing those gaps. An immediate way to help you start closing those gaps is to find some new voices. Get some new perspective and new ideas from a coach, mentor, peer or a seminar.
Work on these three steps – decide who you want to be, identify the gaps between who you are now and the person you are committed to becoming, and then commit to closing the gaps.
If you want a new perspective and new ideas about how to live intentionally, I hope you’ll join us at Live2Lead.
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