Secret #2 - Healthy Leaders Know How They Feel

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Focus on incremental change in your emotional vocabulary and the emotional vocabulary of your family and team. Use the feelings wheel to get a baseline - how well do you know how you feel? And then keep using the feelings wheel in meetings, interpersonal interaction and for yourself and watch what happens when you take small steps towards a better future.

Secret #1 - Healthy Leaders Are Flexible

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#11: Scott Sauls on How Leaders Turn Weakness Into Strength

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#10: A Simple (And Effective) Way To Develop Leaders

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The problem with leadership training is less about the content and more about the context. Three simple questions asked in the context of a genuine relationship creates a fertile field of potential. This episode cracks the code on a topic that has attracted lots of attention, a ton of ideas and sketchy results.

#9: How To Build A Life You Love

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  • The work you do must have motivation and purpose. God uses the work that you do to make him impossible ignore to the people around you.

  • Who are you growing into? Building a life you love is an ongoing project, not just a mile marker as we begin our adult lives.

  • What you do with your life does not define who you are. You are a person created by God who made you in his image, for his glory, to be loved by him forever.

#8: The Real Reason You Want To Be Productive

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Pay attention to your productivity. A Microsoft study found that the average worker in the U.S. wastes 17 hours in a 45 hour work week. Honoring our employer and the people we serve by working with focus is a surprising way to make Jesus impossible to ignore.

Be like Ike. President Dwight Eisenhower developed a matrix for making decisions based on the importance and urgency of a particular task. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritize your most significant work.

Put your most significant work first. The vast majority of leaders struggle to do their most significant work because these non-urgent tasks get crowded out by what has to be dealt with right now. Taking time to schedule work on your significant tasks is critical to your success.

#7: How To Slow Down and Lead Well with Pastor Leonce Crump Jr.

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If you are under the age of 40, slow down. Embrace the process of maturity. Move patiently toward the time when your experience and results earn you the right to be heard.

The importance of leading locally. Social media creates an opportunity to influence people you’ve never met in places that you’ve never been. Time-tested leadership, however, requires focused work and a shared life with the people around you.

#6: Friends and Family - Don't Discount Your Relationships

Healthy relationships begin with you. Leaders are surrounded by distractions at the office, on their phone and in the world around them. Those distractions make it difficult to gain clarity about what's going on inside of your head and heart.

#5: 3 Signs Of Spiritual Health

I (Matt) can still remember the scene…

I am in kindergarten. My mom has just arrived home from the commissary (grocery store) with a car filled with groceries. Next to the car is a big orange box of Tide laundry detergent.

And by big, I mean big. But I want to help, so I try to pick it up.

Hulking up like Lou Ferrigno in green body paint (again, this is 1980...some of you know!), I am bound and determined to carry that box into the house.

But it doesn’t budge.

So I try to drag it. Just like those big European dudes in a strongman competition pulling a truck.

I get a couple of feet before I lose my grip and fall backward on the garage floor.

My struggle goes on for (what seems like) hours. I make it all the way to the stairs into our house.

Stuck again. Couldn’t pick it up the first time. And now I’ve used all my Hulk powers dragging this blasted box across the garage.

My mom asks if I need help. I stubbornly refuse.

“I can do it myself.”

That isn’t the last time those words come out of my mouth or my heart. The truth is, most leaders struggle to ask for help. We are convinced that self-reliance is the hallmark of good leadership.

Well, it isn’t.

Here’s the truth. 

Self-reliance is a window into the soul of unhealthy leadership. 

It strips the soul of gratitude.

It robs us from the rest we desperately need.

It grabs generosity and convinces us we can’t afford it.

On this week’s episode, Tal and I talk about self-reliance as the enemy of spiritual health. Because of what God has done, is doing and will do, spiritually healthy leaders have hope. 

What does that look like in our lives? We’ll show you three signs of spiritually healthy leaders and help you take steps towards a hope-filled life and leadership. 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What will be in style (according to Tal) for men in 2024.
  • Why leaders struggle to find and maintain spiritual health
  • The power and practice of gratitude
  • Two basic practices that help leaders rest well
  • How to be generous...with boundaries.
  • Why spiritual health is the foundation of the Five Factors framework

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5F Podcast 4: Ambition

On the way home from his flag football game last night, my (Matt) son, Will, asked what he could work on to get better before his next game. 

Will is nine years old. This season is the fourth time that he's played flag football and after every game, we talk about how his team played and what he did to positively contribute to his team. I've never treated him like he's gonna be a five-star recruit playing on Saturdays in the SEC. He makes mistakes, but he's a little kid, so my feedback has always been positive.

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