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Are You a Thankful Leader?

I’ve been thinking about my heart a lot lately. In part, due to the launch of my latest book, The Heart of Leadership. Also, because, as I shared in Monday’s post, I want to continue to grow in the year ahead. But I think it was the approaching holiday season that prompted me to reflect on another facet of my  heart  – gratitude.

The Happy Trap

The best leaders don’t make everyone happy. That may sound harsh to you – it may even sound wrong. It’s not intended to be rude or mean-spirited, and it doesn’t mean that great leaders try to make people unhappy. It’s just a byproduct of leading well.

Leader First

At a recent speaking engagement, someone asked about how to help one of their team members fully embrace their role as a leader. The “leader” in question, was focused almost exclusively on his functional responsibility. I’ve encountered this scenario countless times over the years – a person in a leadership role sees themselves as a functional manager first – they see themselves as an accountant, a lawyer, a minister to children, or whatever.

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