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Being A Leader

A friend recently asked me a question related to leadership, which got me thinking about my leadership style and how I have developed over the years as a leader. Here are my thoughts.

Being a good leader starts with recognizing that you can’t do it alone. My LinkedIn cover photo is a quote from an African proverb:

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Early on, I used to think, “Wow! It must be so cool to be a leader — the person in charge. You can tell people what to do and they will follow. Isn’t that awesome?”

Throughout the years that followed those teenage thoughts, I learned I was wrong. Being that bossy person isn’t cool — it’s literally the opposite: very uncool! Nobody wants to be bossed around or told what to do — I certainly don’t.

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"How Can I Help You?"

I had a chance to listen to The Founder Hour’s first episode with Dee Murthy again and one part that really resonated with me was when Dee talks about karma. (PS - it’s towards the end of the episode.)

Dee talks about being a “good person” and how the way you treat other people will “eventually pay itself back.” I could not agree more.

It’s very easy to always focus on ourselves and our success. I’ve found myself being in a situation where I only care about how the outcome will affect me. That selfishness got me nowhere. As I matured, I became more aware of the needs and wants of others and how I can be a part of their success. Instead of thinking “How will I benefit?”, I began asking “How can I help you?”

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From Traffic to Magic: Making Peace with LA's Dreadful Commutes

Remember "rush hours" in LA? Good times. We all knew exactly what we were getting ourselves into when entering the 405 at 8 AM in the morning or 5 PM at night.

If that wasn't bad enough, rush hour is pretty much non-existent now. It's 24/7 mayhem on our freeways. It's unbeatable...trust me, I've attempted every play in the book. Waze, "secret" shortcuts, using streets instead (which are pretty much the same, if not worse considering stoplights), trying to game the system by leaving 30 minutes earlier or later. Nope.

Death, taxes, and traffic. It was inevitable, and there was nothing I can do to stop it.

Well, sort of. I couldn't stop it, per se, but I could use it to my advantage somehow. 🤔

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