In this edition ... Showing up as a True Leader ... 8 Ways Leaders Delegate ... The Friction of the Creative Process ... Rumble Strips...
Here is your weekly installment of Tuesday Traction Points - Key things I'm seeing and experiencing that give me, and the entrepreneurs I work with, Traction!
Showing Up as a True Leader
A quick search on Amazon for books addressing Leadership reveals over 40,000 titles on the subject! And new volumes are added every day!! What is this about?
- Is the art and science of leadership evolving at such a pace that new theories are continuously needed to keep up?
- Are individuals craving better leadership from their bosses?
- Do bosses want to practice more effective leadership?
- Is the meaning of leadership elusive?
Perhaps it is all of these things! We are hungry for good leadership. But with so many voices claiming special insight on leadership, it feels challenging to get a handle on the true essence of leadership.
Through years of pursuing a better understanding of leadership, and striving to be a good leader, I’ve sifted through many models and theories. Some are complex and lengthy. Some are simple and brief. Some are captured in helpful graphics, Some are captured in pithy quotes.
Click below for a few thoughts on what leadership is and how to show up as a true leader.
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8 Ways Leaders Delegate Successfully
Senior leaders often struggle with knowing what they can delegate that would actually feel helpful to them, or how to delegate responsibility and not just tasks, or what responsibilities could serve as a learning and growth opportunity for others below them. In addition, senior executives (like others in the organization) may not have had role models along the way to show them how to delegate successfully. And, of course, there’s a perceived reputational risk. Will delegating make them look like they don’t know their stuff, or like they’re slacking off themselves?
Check out eight key practices of leaders who delegate successfully in this HBR article...
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Quote I'm Pondering
"I was with a group of students recently, and I told them that every film I've done was at least a million problems, But I didn't think that the word problem was necessarily pejorative, I believe every problem represents friction that needs to be overcome with the necessary friction of the creative process."
From his interview about the making of the new Country Music Documentary on the Tim Ferris Show podcast
Listening to Your Rumble Strips
It has almost certainly happened to each of us - you’re driving down the road on cruise control. You’re not doing anything reckless, but your mind is on a million things besides the stretch of road you’re on. You’re thinking about your destination, how long it will take to get there, whether you have enough gas, what’s for lunch, and why no one seems to know how to use a turn signal any more.
The next thing you know, you’re literally shaken back into focus by the rumble strip just on the other side of the white line. You’ve drifted a bit, so you make a slight course correction to straighten things out, and continue on your way with more focused direction.
No big deal, right? Right. But things could have gotten really dicey if it weren’t for that rumble strip.
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