Lead Yourself on the Inside
Internal self-awareness is how we see our own values, passions, aspirations. External self-awareness is understanding how other people view us. ~p. 12
To become more self-aware, we must collect and gather daily insights from others (mentors, friends, spouse, peers) to provide regular feedback and use metacognition (the ability to step outside ourselves, monitor what is happening, and how it’s going).
- What actions will you take in order to create a feedback loop from people who are willing to share honest feedback for you?
In this day in age, it’s not what you know, but how fast you can learn that becomes a competitive advantage.
- What element does curiosity play in personal growth and development?
- What actions are you taking (or can you take) to go to bed every night a little wiser than when you got up?
Lead Yourself on the Outside
Through self-discipline one “is a master of, rather than a slave to, his/her thoughts and emotions.”
As the leader, you cannot ask others to do hard work if you’re not willing to go first.
- Why do you think self-discipline is important for a leader to practice?
- What do you think might be the benefit of mental calluses?
- How does doing something hard (mentally, physically, emotionally) help you?
(2) Response Management:
“Rarely does the problem itself kill the diver… Rather, the diver’s response to the problem – his panic—likely determines whether he lives or dies.” – Robert Kurson.
- How do you choose to respond in times of adversity?
- How will you better prepare yourself to respond when adversity inevitably strikes in the future?
(3) Your Presence is Required:
Much like parenting, part of the role of a leader is showing up. “The map is not the territory” – meaning you need to be present to know what’s happening on the ground.
- Why do you think it’s important for the leader to be present with their team?
- How do you regularly show up for your team?
- What actions can you take to have a “front line obsession” with your team?
BUILD YOUR TEAM
Cultivate the Culture
The origin of the word comes from the Latin cultura, which means to “cultivate” and “care.” ~p.69
Your results will flow from the culture you build. Your culture is how your team behaves. “You get what you create or what you allow.”
- What is the type of culture you want to build?
- What intentional actions will you take to build that culture?
“Trust decreases transaction costs.” ~p.80 “Given our brain’s innate tendency to make assumptions, why not start with positive intent? If we learn to assume positive intent as a start in any interaction, we’ll see the world in a different light.” ~p.81
- Do you feel like people need to earn your trust? Or do you strive to lead with trust first?
- What mindset shift needs to be made to assume positive intent and lead with trust?
**How do you think this will benefit you and your team?
Manage the Roster
(1) Who is your WHO:
“Surrounding yourself with excellent people will be the single greatest determining factor in your success or failure as a leader.”
- What is the cost of a bad hire?
- What are the behaviors of the top performers in your business?
- What makes them valuable to the team?
- Why are each of these qualities important to you and your business?
- What questions could you ask in the interview process to understand if the candidate behaves in the manner of a high performer?
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LEAD YOUR TEAM
Spread the Message
The quality in leaders that most stood out to employees: “Their exceptional capacity to articulate a plan and lay out a way of achieving it.” (Professor Michael Useem). ~p.129
Stories are how we think. Stories make the message memorable.
- How are you impacted by stories?
- Who are examples of great storytelling leaders in your life?
- Why was that so effective?
Listen like a trampoline: “Great listeners amplify, energize, and clarify your thinking. They make you feel better by not merely passively absorbing, but by actively supporting.” ~p.138
- What does it feel like when someone genuinely listens to you (particularly someone in a leadership position)?
- How can you become a better active listener?
- How can you ensure the people you are leading feel that their voice has been heard?
Make the Grade
(1) “You have to do all three.”
- How do you define leadership, management, and coaching?
- Why is it important that you are effective at all three?
One of the constants of life and work is change. It is a natural human tendency to resist change.
- How can you expect change and prepare for it in your work environment?
- What are things a leader can do to make change less uncertain for their team?
(3) The two types of coaching:
There are 2 types of coaching a leader needs to practice. Coaching for performance and coaching for development.
- How would you define the difference between the 2 types of coaching?
- In what ways does your team incorporate both types of coaching?
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