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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.