Inspiring Leadership From Within

Image by Jake Hills, // Quote by Brian Tracy

Image by Jake Hills, // Quote by Brian Tracy

It's your responsibility as an in-front leader to inspire team members to want to make a significant impact, not just improve their status within the company.  Everyone on your team should be leading regardless of their title or position. 

Do Lead wants to know--what kinds of things have you done as an in-front leader to inspire leadership from within?

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Are You A Leader?

Image by Dyaa Eldin, // Quote by John Quincy Adams

Image by Dyaa Eldin, // Quote by John Quincy Adams

Wondering whether or not you are a leader? Being a leader doesn't mean you have the corner office, a devoted secretary, and 3 weeks of paid vacation. Rather, anyone that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more is a true leader. 

Want to learn how to be a great one? Download the first chapter of Do Lead for free today. 

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You're A Leader, Not A Tree

Image by Kundan Ramisetti, | Quote by Jim Rohn

Image by Kundan Ramisetti, | Quote by Jim Rohn

Great leaders understand that nothing is permanent and that there is no one tried and true formula to obtain success. What worked yesterday, might not work today. Great leaders are constantly evolving with the times and getting better with every misstep. If you don't like where your team is headed, change it. You aren't a tree!  

Hit  the refresh button on your leadership approach by downloading the first chapter of Do Lead for free today. 

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Do Lead Cards In Action

For the past few months we have been running a fun contest on our Facebook page.  To enter, contestants had to answer 5 easy questions and then a daily winner was drawn from the entrants. Every winner received a deck of Do Lead cards, adapted from the book, that were intended to inspire leadership across all levels of an organization.

When one of our winners, Lisa Blair, received her deck of Do Lead cards in the mail, she decided to put them in to action right away and share her experience with us! Below are a few of the cards that she's shared so far.  As you go through the images, think about what your answers would be to the questions. 

Lisa's team in action! 

Here is a picture of Lisa's team members sharing the card "What do you believe your core skill to be?"

This card reads "What do you take on that you should leave to others?" Lisa's team unanimously answered "technology." 

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Lisa's husband, the only bloke on a team of 14 women, is holding the "What drives you crazy?" card. When asked what his answer was, Lisa replied, "If I suggest one more opportunity to chat about how we're feeling, he'll blow a widget!" Well, that pretty much sums it up, doesn't it! :)

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This card reads, "About what have you heard all that you ever want to know?" Lisa's answer was "legislation and red tape."

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When Lisa drew the card "What type of environment juices you creatively?" she sent us this picture. That view definitely looks inviting!

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Last but not least we share with you Lisa's answer to "What type of environment drains you creatively?" Lisa says, "I took your stupid card to the stupid market with lots (and lots) of stupid people and a stupid shopping list and it was horrid. And I forgot to buy most of the stupid things on the stupid list. I don't think I feel very creative in crowds." Ha! Looks like Lisa Blair knows exactly the kind of environment she needs to avoid if she wants to be creatively inspired. 

Thanks so much for sharing your Do Lead journey with us Lisa Blair! We hope that the cards inspire leadership amongst all of your team members. To everyone else, download the first chapter of Do Lead for free here for leadership inspiration. 

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Hit the Refresh Button on Your Tired Leadership Ways

Image by Bulldog1,  Flickr

Image by Bulldog1, Flickr

Taking the reins on every project is exhausting. Just because it sometimes works, doesn't mean it's the only route (or the best route) to success. Great leaders know that there is no magic formula that brings success and that working smarter always trumps working harder. Instead of spreading yourself too thin, you should be trying to ignite the leadership flame within all of your team members. 

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The Coaching Show Interviews Les McKeown (Podcast)

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Les McKeown, author of Do Lead, was recently featured on two segments of The Coaching Show, a Christopher McAuliffe podcast on

In segment 1, Les discusses leadership within organizations and dispels the myths that are usually associated with this "heroic" word. 

In segement 2, Les explains how to foster and leadership at all levels of your organization. 

Listen to the entire podcast here. 

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Management VS Leadership

Image by Chris Brignola,

Image by Chris Brignola,

What is the difference between being a good manager and being a good leader? The above quote by Peter Drucker pretty much sums it up. 

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The Bamboo Ceiling : Asian-Americans Lack Leadership Roles

Image by Kheel Center,  Flickr

Image by Kheel Center, Flickr

Though Asian-Americans are the biggest non-white demographic in US companies, there is still a lack of Asian-Americans that hold leadership roles. In the US, 75% of top-management is usually white. This glass ceiling is being referred to as the bamboo ceiling. 

According to a recent article at NPR, a program at Stanford titled "Executive Education for Asian-American Executives" aims to close this gap once and for all. The program costs upwards of $12,000 and aims to teach Asian-Americans the skills that are traditionally required to get ahead in a Western work environment. Some of these skills include assertiveness, initiative, confrontation, and confidence.

What do you think about this program? Do you think it will work? We'd love to hear your feedback!

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Be A Leader Regardless of Title

image by Martin Staněk,

image by Martin Staněk,

Leadership is not heroic. Anyone can and should lead, regardless of position or title. If you are ready to take the leap and get started leading, download the first chapter of Do Lead for free today. Not only does Do Lead redefine what leadership is, it provides you with a practical toolkit to get started.

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Age Is Just A Number

There is no "right" time to start leading. Some leaders are born, others develop from their circumstances.

  • Do you decline to take the leads on projects because you feel you don't have enough experience
  • Do you often second guess yourself in the workplace because you are numerically younger than most of your co-workers? 
  • Are you constantly doubting whether or not you are ready to lead yet?

There is only one place you can ever start leading from: where you are right now. Start small, start big, start early, start later. Start NOW!

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Clearing Away Coffee Cups Can Lead to Great Things

Image by Vee-O,

Image by Vee-O,

Want to start leading? Start small. Clearing away coffee cups after a work meeting (especially if it isn't part of your job description) will show your superiors that you are committed to helping the enterprise achieve common goals.

Don't worry about whether or not your efforts go unnoticed. No great leader leads because of potential praise; they lead because they want the enterprise to succeed.

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