The two most powerful words known to man. These two tiny words with a huge punch? I AM… For what you put after them will shape your reality. Not to mention that God used this name for Himself, only without addition — as he encompasses all.
Effective leaders push themselves the hardest, while encouraging others to produce as well. The best leaders, the most productive and successful leaders, practice servant leadership. Learn and understand what this is. Do a month long in-depth study on what servant leadership looks like. You will see a positive change in your team. And you will benefit along with them..
In our continued efforts to discuss relevant issues for Christian men AND women in leadership, we offer surprising, and practical ways to help you lead yourself and others to get more done. Are you accomplishing everything you need to? If not, listen to this well thought out discussion on Engaging Life and Leadership.
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Here are the final five of Engaging Life and Leadership’s Top Ten Productivity Tips:
6. Hold yourself accountable.
Productive people take responsibility for results and outcomes. They understand what they do makes a difference. This is not to say they take all the credit for the team’s efforts. Instead it speaks to a reality true leaders understand. Success depends on the team, but failure is theirs alone to bare.
Beware of the two sneaky thieves who can steal your productive energies. You must guard yourself against pride and arrogance in the success of your vision. Great leaders remember their role is to guide, but the success of the mission is completed by the team. They did the work. They stand on the front line. They make you look good…
7. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
For leading personalities, telling them to relax, is like telling them not to breathe. We are not telling you to ignore problems, or to avoid your truest thoughts and feelings. Another way of saying this is to keep the big stuff in mind. It does not mean ignore the details, it means to keep clearly in mind what it is you’re working toward.
Productive leaders envision what they are doing for God and/or their organization. At the same time, they do not allow a grand design to cost them focus.
The only way to achieve productive and true success is to get a handle on the distractions. If small tasks are getting in the way of your visionary momentum, then remove them from the equation. See the action step to the right on how to overcome these problems once and for always.
8. Ignore unfair criticism.
This is HUGE. Productive leaders choose not to wear emotions on their sleeves. You are going to feel darts, sticks, rocks, even rifle fire at times. All manner of painful weapons will strike you. When you are at at the top you make a perfect target. Either by the ones who don’t want you there, or the ones who think your success should have happened to them. But reality is, you’re the one who made it. So accept jealousy, criticism, and persecution as part of the natural process.
Often times, someone else’s bitter emotions are their way of deflecting true feelings and a stubborn refusal to look inward at their own problems. So they blame you, and lash out. Expect it and ignore it. But be compassionate to the possible reasons someone does this. Reacting in a like-minded fashion only distracts you, and hurts them. Give grace — undeserved mercy in the face of unfair attack.
9. Take time to Recharge, Rest Up, and Enjoy the Ride.
Productive people cannot live a life full of drudgery, obsessive focus, and all work without the balance of rest and time to rejuvenate. No job on your to-do list is so important that you neglect your family or a time to refresh. You must maintain balance.
After working on your relationship with God, you are called first to lead in your home, with your spouse, for the benefit of your children and grandchildren. Second comes the work mission.
When you fly in an airplane, emergency procedure says the first person to get the oxygen mask is you, then you put the mask on those you are helping and caring for. If you don’t have the mask on first, you will be unable to help anyone else. The same principle is true about rest for your body and your mind.
10. Join an Engaging Mastermind Group.
By definition a mastermind group is a group you meet with for the purpose of reinforcing growth and success while offering support to one another. An identified group set aside to concentrate specifically on improvement and manifesting victory in the following areas: finances, spirituality, relationships, business and personal growth.
What you gain from an Engaging Mastermind Group
- Dramatic improvements in both your personal and your professional life.
- More focus, balance, and greater confidence in yourself and your abilities.
- You will have more clarity about what to do next.
- The momentum and energy you need to sustain you through rough spots.
- Experience less false starts and spend less time learning through trial and error.
- You will have a deeper understanding of how you are perceived by others.
- You will sharpen your leadership and communication skills.
- You will be giving and receiving support in a warm and friendly environment.
- You are going to achieve your goals faster than you ever thought possible.
- Exclusive access to members-only information
Stay tuned for more tactical tips and strategic outlines on how to accomplish more of what you want, email email@example.com for our Productive Leadership Training eBook. Including a bonus section outlining Darren’s unique mathematical formula for success, and a don’t miss out, #11 bonus tip for productive living.
Are you leading your own life productively?
Anita Fresh Faith
Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
As Darren and Anita travel the country speaking on leadership and effective life skills, they share the practiced habits that have made them more productive. Taking one productive action at a time, you can step into a more meaningful and power-filled life.
Receive an abundance of prosperity and peace when you learn and apply the secrets discussed. This show on Engaging Life and Leadership will inspire you to make simple, yet powerful changes. Your life should never be the same. Remember, you’re always leading, but are you leading well?
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