The Best Leaders Are Also Teachers

Leaders are Teachers

 

What sets the best leaders apart from the rest? Being a great teacher.

And not just the kind of teaching that happens during a formal review. The kind of teaching that happens naturally, but intentionally, will leave you with a highly effective team.

The Harvard Business Review did a study on what sets some of the best leaders apart from the rest. They found that these “star managers” knew how important consistent, intentional one-on-one teaching to their direct reports.

They found that those types of leaders led some of the most high-functioning teams.

The author said, “… the exceptional leaders I studied were teachers through and through.”

These lessons are taught in the weeds — the day-to-day — of the employee’s lives. The Harvard Business Review recommends three different types of teaching in the workplace:

 

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Finding Your Finish – New Year’s Book Club Wrap-Up

Finish

 

This post is a part of our New Year’s Book Club! If you haven’t already, check out our introduction post to learn more about book club and download our free resources! You can purchase the book here.

 

“Starting is fun, but the future belongs to finishers.” – Jon Acuff

Here we are, at the end of our first-ever Invest Leadership book club! Maybe you’re just now joining us — in which case, I encourage you to start from our introduction post. Maybe you’ve been reading along but weren’t quite ready to purchase the book to follow along. Maybe you had every good intention of following through with the readings, but got caught up in all the other things in your to-do list.

Whatever your situation, it’s okay. The main takeaway of Jon Acuff’s book is simply this: Things are almost never going to turn out the way you originally planned them to. Nothing is ever going to be perfect. But that doesn’t mean you can’t cross the finish line. (more…)

Taking Perfectionism Out of Our Progress

Perfectionism

 

This post is a part of our New Year’s Book Club! If you haven’t already, check out our introduction post to learn more about book club and download our free resources! You can purchase the book here.

“At the core, perfectionism is a desperate attempt to live up to impossible standards.” – Jon Acuff

In this week’s readings, Jon equips us with some practical ways to take perfectionism out of our progress. I think Chapter 6 was one of the most powerful chapters we’ve read yet! If you’re a little behind on your readings, or are just now joining us, I suggest reading it this week no matter what. (more…)

This Week on Mythbusters: Does Fun Really Count?

Fun

 

This post is a part of our New Year’s Book Club! If you haven’t already, check out our introduction post to learn more about book club and download our free resources! You can purchase the book here.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “goal”?

Often times, we think goals that are fun don’t really count. We aren’t working hard enough, we aren’t suffering enough to make the work effective. (more…)

Start Dropping the Ball: “Supersize me.” – Your Goals

Goals

 

This post is a part of our New Year’s Book Club! If you haven’t already, check out our introduction post to learn more about book club and download our free resources! You can purchase the book here.

Have you ever read a leadership book that told you to start doing things badly?

Jon notes in this week’s reading the importance of “bombing” things. Often times, we overestimate our ability to take things on and do them really well. Perfectionism makes us believe we can do everything perfectly. Reality, however, reminds us that we absolutely cannot.

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But before he talked about dropping the ball on some things, he highlights something very practical and important: Cutting your goals in half. (more…)

Crushing Perfection: The One Thing That’s Keeping You From Success…

Crushing Perfection

 

This post is a part of our New Year’s Book Club! If you haven’t already, check out our introduction post to learn more about book club and download our free resources! You can purchase the book here.

Perfection.

It’s the thing that keeps us up at night. It’s the thing that keeps us from completing the things we want to.

The Introduction and Chapter 1 of Finish: Giving Yourself the Gift of Done help us define the biggest obstacle on our road to completing our goals: Perfectionism.

“When it stopped being perfect, I stopped, too.” (pg. 9)

Does that sound familiar?

In Chapter 1 specifically, Jon talks about “the day after perfect.” It’s the idea that once we miss one day of nailing our goals, we simply give up on the goal altogether. In our minds, we know perfection is impossible to achieve … so why do our slip-ups discourage us so much?

I hope your readings for the week created a new level of self-awareness when it comes to struggling to achieve perfection. If you didn’t have time to read this week, that’s okay! Here are some of the big takeaways: (more…)

Introducing: Invest Leadership’s New Year’s Book Club!

book club

How do I make my goals stick?

I can’t believe I’m already saying this again, but Happy New Year! It’s 2018 — a new year with a new chance to develop better habits and define your goals!

I’m really excited to announce a new, interactive series that will kick off next week: Our inaugural New Year’s Book Club!

It’s no secret that leaders are readers. I’ve said it many times, and some of today’s greatest leaders will say the same thing. (more…)

Finding True Sabbath: Part 2

True Sabbath

Last week, we learned about the importance of fun and family during times of rest. If you remember to two weeks back, we talked about finding true Sabbath.

My team wanted to make sure we weren’t talking about legalism when it comes to Sabbath, but we also don’t want to identify a problem without prescribing a solution. Now that we know how important it is to take a Sabbath, how do we make sure we have one?

Here are a few of my suggestions: (more…)