Effective leadership can make or break your business. Are you an effective leader?
A few months ago, I wrote a post entitled “Are You an Effective Leader and Why You Should Care” Since that post, one of my Mastermind groups discussed each of the 23 aspects of leadership outlined in this post. This discussion revealed some very valuable nuggets of information! I took a lot of notes during these discussions and the key points I captured are shown below:
Mastermind Discussion on the 23 Elements of Leadership
“We live in the crucible between the promise of who we can become and the reality of who we’ve been.” Erwin McManus
I love this quote from McManus taken from his book The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
What McManus is saying is that in order to get from “who you are today” to your future potential or, the “promise of who you can become”, you will experience a lot of work, learning, change and pain. This journey is not comfortable but it is rewarding. It will stretch you in ways that you don’t want to stretch and it will break you down and then build you back up.
A crucible is defined as “a container of metal or refractory material employed for heating substances to high temperatures.” The crucible is used to break down substances at high temperatures or to refine and purify substances by burning or boiling off impurities.
I recently read “Die Empty” by Todd Henry. This is an amazing book that challenges the reader to understand their purpose and to live out their life fully so that they will not have any “unwritten novels, never launched businesses, unreconciled relationships and all the other things that people thought ‘I’ll get around to that tomorrow'” left in them when they die. One of the better concepts that I pulled out of the book is something Henry calls a “Code of Ethics.” This is not a list of rules like the 10 commandments that everyone absolutely needs to follow everyday. A Code of Ethics is a set of principles that apply to you personally and define how you approach everything in life. This code will be different for everyone as we are all unique individuals with unique gifts, talents and interests. Although I had thought about this some in the past, this book motivated me to write out my Code of Ethics. They are;