In this episode:
- Taking care of those around you by taking care of you first.
- Lead yourself before leading others.
- Make a time of solitude.
- Know your weaknesses.
- Live your dash.
Flight attendants always tell us to “put on your own mask” before helping those around you. Is this being selfish? There is room to argue that. But, in fact, it’s the only way to ensure you can do the most good for those around you.
When you are at your best, you can lead others from your best to be their best.
This goes beyond the workplace. A leader is a leader. We lead our selves, in our homes, in your community and in the workplace.
Leadership – great leadership – starts by leading oneself first. It all starts with being emotionally strong.
Leaders need to refuel and recharge.
Dwight strongly recommends taking time everyday to spend in solitude. At minimum 30 minutes.
Leaders who are emotionally strong aren’t as likely to run away from conflict.
Know yourself. How do you best refuel yourself?
We lead people that make up a team.
A leader shouldn’t want anyone to know them better than they know themselves.
A well rounded leader is an average leader. Know your strengths and lean into them.
A brave question for a leader to ask those around them: “What do I think I’m good at that I’m not?”
Leaders who can admit their weaknesses in the workplace because it’s toxic, can still learn themselves better. Then, they can test the environment. If the workplace culture continues to be toxic and unhealthy, it’s time to hunt for a new workplace to work in.
Toxic work environments poison other ares of life.
Leadership is all about making the bold move.
Leadership takes clarity.
Good leaders say, “who else needs to be on my team to make this work?”
It all starts with me.
Leaders go first. Set a safe culture to admit weaknesses by admitting your weaknesses as a leader.
Resources and Links
- Clifton Strengths Finder.
- Membership into Leaders Edge
- 10 Styles of Leadership blog post series.
- The Early to Rise Book.
NEXT ACTION STEPS:
- Next time you are in the car alone, drive without any radio. Be alone with yourself.
- List your weaknesses.
- Check out the book Strengths Finder 2.0