The Three Biggest Obstacles A Leader Must Overcome

What stops leaders from making an impact? It isn’t title; position or authority – that’s not what leadership is based on. And it can’t be the fault of their team. Leadership drives the team. I believe what stops most leaders is themselves. We get in our own way. The 3 Biggest Stumbling Blocks for Leaders are: – Self-interest – Ego – Apathy Self-interest: Leadership is not about you – it is about the people that you lead. It is natural for all of us to think inwardly and worry about our own positioning, comfort and achievement, but that is not where influence is built. The leader who is willing to place other peoples interests first, to think outward and to serve others is the leader who makes the biggest impact. Ego: Ego makes a leader unteachable and unapproachable – two leadership killers. Keeping your ego in check means making it
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Be Present

How do you feel when you are talking to someone and they keep looking around or checking their phone? Now how many of us are guilty of doing the same thing to others? This weekend I had a chance to speak at the same conference as Nigel Risner. Nigel is an entertaining speaker who made a lot of great points but the one that stuck out to me was the importance of being present. In my book – The Power of Influence, I talk about focusing on being interested, not interesting. And being present in a conversation; when someone else is talking – is one of the best ways to focus on being interested. When we are present we validate the other person. We make them feel important and appreciated. When we are not present – what messages are we sending people? – You are not important, I don’t care
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