A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.

John Maxwell

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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Ministry Monday: Rebuilding Trust

Rebuilding Trust

Have you ever completely blown it? Maybe you’ve found yourself in a situation in which there is no denying or skirting the facts; you dropped the ball. Suddenly, not only are you frustrated with yourself, but everyone around you is frustrated as well. Trust has been lost and you’re struggling to find the next step.

The most important thing in the middle of a crisis is to solve the issue at hand. If you forgot to pay the bill and your lights have been shut off, you’ve got to get the electricity company on the phone and sort it out. If you didn’t schedule enough volunteers for an event, you need to make some calls, send out a distress signal, and get some people in place. The first step is to conquer the moment to the best of your ability. But what do you do when the crisis has passed, and you need to regain the trust of your team? How do you repair the relationships that were damaged by your mistake? (more…)

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…)