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Some leaders work too hard while the people around them don’t work hard enough.
You’ll burn out if you’re always the first person to arrive and the last person to leave.
Leaders create environments.
You had a hand in creating the environment you work in.
Leaders have a hand in the way people:
- Respond to problems.
- Relate to each other.
- Pursue excellence.
- Deliver results.
The more authority you have, the more power you have to create environments.
Principle: The best leaders show up to bring out the best in others.
Get your head out of the weeds and focus on people.
Create environments where people thrive.
#1. Show up to help others get things done.
Successful leaders think first about helping others get things done. Overworked leaders think first about getting things done.
You’re on the wrong track if your day begins with results, not people. Inept leaders put their heads down and deliver results.
The leader’s job is people.
The answer is “who”, not “what”. Begin your day asking, “How might I enable, engage, and empower others?”
Leaders get lost in the weeds when they focus on their own work instead of the work of others.
#2. Show up to run great meetings.
You know the meeting will suck if the room is quiet at the beginning.
Great meetings begin with laughter, banter, and storytelling.
The most important question leaders neglect is, “How do I want people to feel in the meeting?”
Impersonal efficient meetings suck the life out of everyone around the table. They’re dry, dull, predictable, and lifeless.
Great meetings are about the people at the table, not just the projects or problems on the agenda.
Take a few minutes at the beginning of meetings to connect, honor, and energize participants.
Great teams care about each other.
How might leaders show up to help others get things done?
How might leaders show up to run great meetings?