Can You Be A Great Leader & Have a Balanced Life?

This past weekend I was speaking a conference with some amazing business owners and professionals.  The vibe in the room was exceptional and the knowledge shared was so valuable new business owners were definitely leaving with information overload.   As a business owner with over 20 years experience as an entrepreneur, I certainly wasn’t on information overload but I have gained some great tips and tricks to help my business too.

Now that I am taking a few days away to rejuvenate myself with some sun and fresh air, I’m also catching up on some reading.  My idea of balance is to read lots of fiction to escape, but also read some business books to inspire me.  This brings me to how this post started.

Becoming Your Best-S Shellingburger CoverI’ve been reading Steven Shallenberger’s book “Becoming Your Best”.  In this book he shares “12 principles you need to follow in order to reach your highest potential and drive the kind of innovation that turns good companies into industry leaders, all while living a well-balanced personal life.”

I loved the principles shared in this book.  Leadership is a privilege and when you have an opportunity to be a leader it should be revered.

Here are a few of my key takeaways

1.  Be Yourself

As a leader, you can be your best, and offer more value to your business or organization when you are yourself.  Being yourself includes standing up for what you believe in, being true to your character and face challenges with honesty and integrity.    Part of being yourself is to treat others as you would like others to treat you.

2.   Add SPARK to what you do.

My presentation at the conference was entitled “Add SPARK and Grow with Vision”.   SPARK is the framework I use to assist business leaders to effectively and efficiently grow business and develop a strong team.  Shallenberger has a similar message.  He recommends you lead with vision, create written plans that you can then execute.   It is important to plan for the obvious and expected but also the unexpected and then review your results.  Shallenberger says  “Effective management means that you inspire and empower your team members to stand with you and help you succeed.”   Integrate continuous quality improvement into everything you do to be a great leader.

3.  Manage Your Most Precious Resource

Time is a precious resource and one that is often taken for granted.  I love the quote by Tony Robbins, “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”  

Shallenberger suggests you think high quality and high quantity when prioritizing your time.  These two foci will help you plan your day, week, month and year in a way that you get more done in less time with better results.  He also suggests that ” your positive and peaceful energy and your effective use of time are two of your most precious resources.”

4.  Communicate and Build Trust

Communication and trust are critical factors in business today.  In my book “The Winning Way” I identified communication as one of the key attributes for good leaders.  Effective communication helps improve engagement with your employees and other team members, enhances the “buy-in” to your vision and plays a significant role in building trust.  The more you can interact with people in a positive and effective way, the more they come to know, like and trust you as a person and business leader.

5.  Be Accountable and Persistent63e2966fbed6d110e0d9914b65565f9d

Too often accountability and persistence are pushed aside.  When you do so, trust is broken and results suffer.  I particiulary liked the three strategies shared in the book for being more accountable:  a)  Control what you can control   b) Develop relationship agreements c)  Eliminate procrastination and follow through.   A lack of follow-though has been identified as one of the key reasons businesses fail to achieve the results they envision.   Persistence allows you to stay connected to people in your network, learn from set-backs and to navigate the ups and downs to really fulfill your vision!

 

As I came to the end of the book, I realized I am already integrating Shallenberger’s 12 principles into my life and business.  My key focus and very much a work in progress is the integration of more peace and balance- hence my personal retreat this week!

So my question to you is… can you have a balanced personal life while you lead and reach your highest potential?

 

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Virtual Book Club Event – Changeology

 

Breakthrough Fridays
A Business Series for the Entrepreneurial Minded
Presented by Ignite Leadership International (TM)
Join me for the first Break Through Fridays “Book Club” event.I encourage you to read this book prior to our call on October 11.  Come prepared to discuss the book, your insights and what actions you want to implement.
No time to read the book?  Join us anyway!  This event will highlight key points of the book and you can participate in the discussion, ask questions and share your thoughts.

To purchase the book…   Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions

Change·o·lo·gy
chanj-o-le-je n.

1: The scientific study of behavior change.
2: A widely hailed self-help book authored by clinical psychologist John Norcross.
3: Your research-supported guide to meaningful self-change in 90 days.

Change is hard. But not if you know the 5-step formula that works whether you’re trying to stop smoking or start recycling. Dr. John C. Norcross, an internationally recognized expert, has studied how people make transformative, permanent changes in their lives.

Over the past 30 years, he and his research team have helped thousands of people overcome dozens of behavioral ailments.   Now his cutting-edge, scientific approach to personal improvement is being made available in this indispensable guide.

Changeology encompasses the entire change process, and you will be guided through all five steps of a proven system that you can use to change on your own or customize to your own life.”  Soundview Summary

You will learn

  • The 5 steps proven to help you implement changes so you realize your goals
  • How to apply these steps in to your business or career  (try these change exercises)
  • The insights and ideas of fellow entrepreneurially minded business leaders
Your Pre-event Action Plan
  • Purchase the book (click here)
  • Read it before the call (if you can)
  • Join me on October 11 — I’ll  review the key points shared in the book and open the lines to discussion where you can share your thoughts, insights, and what steps you want to take to realize your goals

The Price…
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Yes, you read that right!  I’m committed to giving back to my community.  This is my opportunity to offer some content rich events as my gift to you!

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Book of the Month – April 2012

The Book of the Month for April is Guy Kawasaki’s latest… Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.  This book is a good choice if you are looking to improve your customer experience in the technology age.  Enchantment focuses on how you can transform relationships in a positive way (not in a manipulative way).  What can you do to make yourself unique and offer value to your customers?  How do you overcome resistance? [Read more…]

Book of the Month – January 2012

Are you in business?  Do you represent another company (as an employee or a sub-contractor) or are you the business owner?  No matter which position you hold, how you communicate about your product and services to clients, colleagues and prospects will have a significant impact on your bottom line.

My Book of the Month for January 2012 is “Positioning” by Al Ries and Jack Trout.  As marketing experts, Ries and Trout share the importance of communicating to create the right positioning image in the minds of others.  If you are not getting the results you want, this book offers valuable information, case studies and ideas to break through your own challenges.

Described as a must read for anyone in business today, “Positioning” is easy to read and a great addition to every business library.  As a marketing classic, “Positioning” is as relevant today as it was in 1981, when it was first written.

A more detailed summary of this book is offered by QuickMBA.com

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