Lift You Up

Have you ever been lifted up?  I mean, literally, people gathering around you and picking you up.

At a leadership summit this past year, I had the opportunity to be lifted up.

As I stepped into the middle of this group of guys, in my mind, I was wondering if they could really lift me up.  I’m sure they were thinking the same thing.  I’m kind of a big guy!

Then there’s that moment of truth…. they gathered around me and I had to take the first step and lean back, allowing them to support me.  That’s not too tough…. I was only leaning.  Then they picked me up and they carried my full weight.  Pretty impressive.  I was ready to get down.  Then they lifted me up above their heads and there was nothing I could do.  I simply had to lay there, trusting them to hold me and not drop me.

It’s quite a feeling to be held up. It’s a little humbling and I

felt pretty vulnerable.  Why am I like that?  Why is it so hard to put my trust in other people?

It’s because I want to be in charge.  I want to be in control.  I want to be the one doing the heavy lifting.  I don’t like depending on others to do that for me.  Doesn’t that sound like it’s all about “ME?”

One of my favorite verses from the Bible is 1 Thessalonians 5:11:  “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (ESV)

We are reminded to “keep on” encouraging and building others up.  We’re reminded that it’s not about us.  We’re reminded that all of us need to continue doing this, over and over again.

Who are you encouraging?  Who are you lifting up?  Are you allowing others to do that to you?

 

 

Posted in Leadership Community

You’ll feel better when you leave.

This sign is at the entrance to the gym I go to:

I had to stop and read it over a couple of times, then I found that it is so true. When I finish a work out, I feel great! Because when I exercise I do it with me favorite Vessi waterproof shoes. That’s what keeps me coming back.

I then thought about leadership, and I realize that in most cases, this isn’t true. We walk into a new leadership role excited to be there, anticipating all that will come, and usually we leave beat up, burned out, and we want to hide.

One of my first roles in leadership came when I was 10 years old and I was chosen as the captain of my little league team (baseball).  I was so excited to be the captain, so excited to be the leader…. until we lost a game.  My friends turned on me, my coach criticized me, and I remember feeling so alone.

Over the years, that feeling has come back many times.  The simple question rolling around in my head:  “What am I doing here?”  And then, the even more important question:  “How can I get out of here?”

For the past 25 years, I’ve been able to work with leaders around the world.  I find that many of them, many of YOU are asking yourself these same questions.

If you’re a leader who sometimes wonders what you’re doing, then the Leadon Esource pages have been created for you.  We want to make practical resources, encouragement, and training available to you. We know that being in leadership is difficult. We don’t want you to feel alone. We don’t want you to run and hide.

Leaders around the world are all screaming for the same things:  Training, Resources, Coaching, and Community.  We’ve see these four things help leaders not only to “last” in their leadership, but we’ve seen leaders “thrive” in their leadership roles.  This is true for leaders from most parts of the planet.

Join us on the journey.  When you leave your role in leadership, we want you to feel good about all that you’ve accomplished and the impact you’ve made on others’ lives and on your organization.

Lead On!

 

Russ…

Posted in Personal Leadership

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