Recharge Your Leadership Battery

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The 2012 Chik-fil-A Leadercast in Denver was not just for Chik-fil-A employees.

This annual event held in Atlanta, Georgia features many noteworthy and significant leaders from around the globe. At our host location in Denver, we were joined by over 250 other leaders for a dynamic presentation. It was a live feed simulcast from the main event. “Why is this important” you may ask? The obvious benefit of having so many people in the room who are sharing a common interest is the ability to network. Dozens of new relationships were forged that day which will likely lead to many new business opportunities for the attendees. However, there was so much more to be derived than just a monetary benefit. Without question, being a leader can be a very stressful position.

Despite the tremendous satisfaction that comes with the role, there can still be numerous disappointments, as well. Often times the crushing defeats weigh more heavily on us than our sensational victories lift us up. As leaders the constant drain on our energies can leave us feeling like we are running on empty. Leaders cannot continue to function effectively with a dead battery. Our productivity will soon decrease and we will stop leading. Then if we stop leading, others will stop following. It is critical when we reach this point to find a way to recharge! Some simple ways to accomplish this are… Get a Jumpstart: When you need a little boost of energy, the best way to get it is to borrow from someone else. (no, it’s not a cup of coffee!) Therefore, associate with people that will build you up rather than break you down. Find mastermind groups, conferences or workshops where likeminded people will be. Network with other leaders who have been where you are at and are happy to lend a helping hand and a word of encouragement to get you back on your feet again. Unplug or Turn it Off: Take a hard look at what and who is draining your energy. If someone is constantly negative and bringing you down then it is probably time to unplug them from your life. By removing the negative influences and adding more positive ones it will be easier to operate at peak effectiveness.

At a minimum, every once in a while take a day and turn off the background noise so that you can refocus on how you can become a better leader. Read the Manual: As leaders we do not exist in a vacuum. There is an infinite number of words written about leadership. Whether you follow a blog, read an inspirational quote, pick up a book or even skim a magazine article, find a stream of information that can pour into you. Reading just a few simple words may be all it takes to boost you up for the day. As always, I hope that these few words provided opportunity and insight into your personal development of leadership. This is just one short discussion about the art of being a leader of the many more I hope to have with you. There are so many topics that we have yet to cover, but more on that next month…

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Mike Stanley

Mike has a passion for leadership! He loves to read, write, discuss and teach on a variety of topics that help individuals and organizations raise their level of leadership. His experiences include being a Captain on the fire department, owning a business and being a founding member of the John Maxwell Team.

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