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The Gift Great Leaders Give

Gift

People don’t need help being realistic.

We’re all already negative enough.

Our typical default is towards why things won’t work and why they’re not possible.

Most of us do just fine on our own coming up with reasons, excuses, and justifications for why our dreams won’t come true.

And we don’t usually need much assistance thinking about the worst case scenario or knowing what the ultimate failure might look like.

No, most of us do that just fine all by ourselves.

What we need help with is believing.

What we need assistance with is dreaming.

What we need affirmation with is what could be possible.

Which is why a part of leadership has to be helping people believe in a bigger future.

We have to help people see what could be possible for their own lives.

We have to show people a plan for how something magnificent could actually come true.

And we have to do the work to take people with us on the path as we embark towards the new.

Because there is no shortage of naysayers in the world who will tell them it can’t be done.

There is no lack of critics who will point out every reason it won’t work.

And there is no absence of realism that will remind us that we’ve never accomplished anything like this before.

But naysayers never advance the world.

Critics don’t create change.

And realism always betrays a person of their chance to reach their full potential.

Which is why we need to lead.

We need to help people believe.

We need to convince them that it’s possible.

And we need to put in the work to show them how.

If you can do that…

If you can show someone a plan for how the impossible can be achieved…

If you can convince someone that their dream can come true…

If you can demonstrate the kind of work it takes to break belief barriers and explode limiting beliefs…

Then you have changed everything for them.

You have led them.

And you have redefined realistic for them.

And that is a great is a great service.

A tremendous gift.

And perhaps a once in a lifetime blessing.

Because people don’t need help being realistic; they need help believing in the bold.

The Essence of a Leader

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Everyone wants to be a leader…until that moment where they have to truly step up and lead. 

Because we often associate leadership with impressive titles, more pay, and additional job perks. 

Yet leadership isn’t made in corner offices or fancy boardrooms. Real leadership happens on the front lines. 

And what most leaders don’t understand about leading is that it isn’t telling people what to do; it’s showing them what to do. 

Which means that essentially a big part of leadership is simply this: “I’ll go first.”

Whatever I’m asking you to do I will do. 

Whatever needs to be done won’t be done by you; it will be done by us. 

And whatever sacrifices need to be made will be made by me first. 

I’ll be the first to risk. 

I’ll be the first to invest. 

I’ll be the first to do the work. 

I’ll be the first to create the model. 

I’ll be the first to invent the path where there is none. 

I’ll be the first to take the heat. 

I’ll be the first to make the difficult decisions. 

I’ll be the first to take the blame. 

I’ll be the first to learn. 

I’ll be the first to change. 

I’ll be the first to cut. 

I’ll be the first to meet that standard. 

I’ll be the first to break that belief barrier. 

“I’ll go first.”

That kind of leadership isn’t assigned; it’s assumed. 

That kind of leadership isn’t demanding; it’s inspiring. 

That kind of leadership isn’t bestowed; it’s activated. 

That is the part of leadership that can’t be taught in classrooms; it can only be revealed in battle. 

But if you’re willing to be that kind of person…

If you’re willing to step up…

If you’re willing to go where no one has gone before…

Then you don’t need a title. 

You don’t need an office. 

And you don’t need perks. 

You are already on your way to developing the essence of a great leader. 

What is Your Inevitable Future Trajectory?

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Here is the difference between successful investors (of time, money, energy) and everyone else…

Most people look at the value of a company, a person, or an investment based on what it is today.

But Multipliers do not.

Instead, they look at the IFT.

IFT stands for Inevitable Future Trajectory.

IFT is where the magic happens.

IFT is not thinking about today; it’s thinking about tomorrow.

IFT is how you spot talent before anyone else.

IFT is how to identify opportunities before anyone else.

IFT is how the rich get richer.

They see what no one else sees.

Not because they’re smarter or more astute.

It’s because they have vision.

Most people look behind.

Many people look at today.

But Multipliers look ahead.

They never value things at only what they are worth now.

They always value things considering their potential in the future.

Inevitable Future Trajectory.

That is what matters.

That is how you get ahead of the curve.

That is how you redefine and reshape the future of the world.

If you’re looking at today, then you’re already left behind.

Get out in front.

Lead.

See.

Plan.

IFT.

The Hatch Principle

The number one difficulty in delegating is wrestling with the thought, “I could do this better and faster if I just did it myself.” The reason why it’s such a tumultuous internal battle is because in many cases it is true.

You probably could do it better yourself. You probably could do it faster if you did it. There would probably be less risk if you just took care of it.

But as Andy Stanley writes in Next Generation Leadership, “Leadership isn’t about getting things done right – it’s about getting things done through people.”

And if you’re a parent, a coach, or any type of a leader then one of the shifts in your thinking happens when you mature to the point of realizing that your job is no longer about doing things right but about doing them through others.

It reminds me of the truth in nature that when baby birds are born they struggle to fight and break through their own shell to get free – to be hatched. It is the process of their own struggle to break out of their shell that strengthens their wings to the point at which they can fly.

If their mama or any other force happens to break their egg open for them, then once they are out of the egg they will attempt to fly but will fall and die. For their wings will not have the power to support them because they were not appropriately developed during the Hatch.

It is through the struggle that we develop our strength.