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Leadership Influencers

December 15, 2015 — Leave a comment

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Leadership is about influence. Leaders must be careful about where they get their guidance. The people listed in this article are trustworthy leaders which influence hundreds of thousands of people around the world either personally or through their respective organizations. While I certainly do not claim the levels of influence that these individuals do; I aspire to do so and try to take direction and ques from them. While many of them will be familiar to you I wanted to introduce them so that my readers may learn from them as well. I admire the individuals below for their creativity, leadership and insight; hopefully you will as well.

 

andy_stanley imageAndy Stanley

Communicator, author and pastor, Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries (NPM) in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area, serving more than 36,000 people weekly, as well as a network of 30 churches around the globe. As host of NBC’s Your Move with Andy Stanley, reaching over 36 million viewers in less than two years on the air, and author of 20-plus books including Ask It, How to Be Rich, Deep & Wide, Visioneering and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most influential living pastors in America. Andy Stanley and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.

Follow Andy on-line at AndyStanley.com or on Twitter

 

 

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Seth Godin

SETH GODIN is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth founded both Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world.

He was recently inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, one of three chosen for this honor in 2013.

Recently, Godin once again set the book publishing industry on its ear by launching a series of four books via Kickstarter. The campaign reached its goal after three hours and ended up becoming the most successful book project ever done this way.

His newest book, What To Do When It’s Your Turn, is already a bestseller.

Follow Seth On-Line at SethGodin.com or on Twitter

 

 

Michael Hyatt imageMichael Hyatt

Michael is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. It is also a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller.

He is the founder and CEO of Intentional Leadership, an online leadership development company. We help overwhelmed high achievers get the clarity, confidence, and tools they need to win at work and succeed at life.

Follow Michael at MichaelHyatt.com or on Twitter

 

 

Richard_Stearns_World_Vision_US imageRich Stearns

Rich Stearns is the president of World Vision U.S., one of the world’s largest nonprofit humanitarian organizations. In 1998, in the midst of a lucrative business career as the CEO of Lenox, Inc., he felt an unexpected, irresistible call to exchange “success” for service to those affected by poverty and injustice. Since then he has tirelessly exhorted the American church to recognize and respond to God’s heart for children and families in need.

Today, Rich is known among both Christian and secular audiences as a trustworthy voice illuminating the critical issues that affect the world’s poor, and urging those who can to make a difference. Rich is also the author of two acclaimed books — The Hole in Our Gospel and Unfinished — that address the vocation of Christ-followers to live out the whole gospel, bringing the good news to a hurting world in not only word but also deed.

 

In his time with World Vision, Rich has traveled to more than 40 of the nearly 100 countries where World Vision works, and has a firsthand understanding of the issues that affect the poor. Driven by his passion to raise awareness of those issues, Rich has appeared on CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, and PBS, and written pieces for the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and other media outlets.

 Follow Rich on-line via Twitter

 

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Here is how Kelsey introduces herself on her personal web site

I believe you were created for great things. My heart is all about unlocking untapped potential, especially in people, but also in projects and businesses. Right now I unlock potential through my writing and speaking, and I hope to inspire potential with The Pursuit. Life is too precious to waste stuck in a job you hate! I also feel for leaders in today’s changing marketplace, and I strive to create presentations to help them better lead entrepreneurial team members.
I started as a graphic designer, then learned the ways of marketing after working at three of the largest agencies in Oklahoma. I eventually worked my way up to my dream job, Associate Creative Director at an awesome agency in downtown Oklahoma City. I was then able to quit my dream job for my dream of starting my own business.

I took notes and blogged along the way and noticed there were many young would-be go-getters who wanted to do something more with their lives but needed help. I wrote out answers to questions about how I achieved career success, started my own business, found my passion, etc. Those notes eventually birthed my Bestselling book, GO SOLO.

I love the Lord, making people laugh, music (I forgot to mention my short popstar career), traveling and Sooner Football. I am really really trying to love running but to no avail as of yet. I live in North OKC with my high school sweetheart husband, Chris, our unbelievably cute daughter, and our two feisty dogs.

Wow you’re still reading. Cool. Maybe follow me on Twitter?

 

 

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Here is how Lewis introduces himself on his personal web site – 

My name is Lewis and I want to get real with you for a minute.

I’ve always dreamed big, strived for greatness and deeply cared about people.

My dream growing up was to be a professional athlete and be an Olympian.  After getting injured while playing professional football, I immediately thought about how to achieve the next dream.

Broken, broke, and clueless on how to make money or get a career, my obsession for learning about business, marketing, and adding value to influential people (when I had no value to give) began.  Since then it’s been a powerful journey for me – becoming a New York Times Bestseller, building up a multi-million dollar online media company,  speaking all over the world, advising for billion dollar brands, receiving media praise from places like Details Magazine, being one of “5 Internet Gurus Who Can Make You Rich” and much more.

I’m a firm believer that how you feel every moment is more important than what you do or what you have.  I got a taste of being a pro athlete for a short amount of time. Knowing what is possible in life when I commit to my vision and pursue it with 100% passion… anything is possible.

Living my ideal lifestyle is important to me instead of working to survive life.

It’s hard to think that without having any business experience I went from sleeping on my sister’s couch to running a seven figure business in a couple years.  Hustle comes to mind when people ask me how I did it.  Lot’s of hustle, passion, focus, and consistent vision.

Follow Lewis on Line at LewisHowes.com or on twitter

 

 

Kiyosaki imageRobert Kiyosaki

Robert T. Kiyosaki is best known as the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. This is the #1 personal finance book of all time, which has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money.

His book title holds four of the top ten spots on Nielsen Bookscan List’s Lift-to-Date Sales from 2001-2008 alone. In addition, Robert has been featured on shows such as Larry King Live, Oprah, The Doctors, Bloomberg International Television and CNN.

Educational Entrepreneur, co-creator of the CASHFLOW® board game, founder of the financial education-based Rich Dad Company and author of New York Times Bestsellers: Rich Dad Poor Dad, Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money, and Unfair Advantage

Follow Robert on-line at Rich Dad or on twitter

 

 

 

 

Who is influencing you? Who are the primary people that you follow on-line?

Share them with me on Facebook, LinkedIn or twitter

 

 

Why I Love Twitter

November 19, 2015 — Leave a comment

Social Media is often portrayed as evil and killing our society. I will be the first to agree that social media has created some negative influences in our societies behavior. However, in this post I am highlighting some positives that this new virtual world has created for me. Twitter is far and away my favorite of all on-line venues and here are 8 reasons why twitter is my favorite of all social media outlets.

 

Twitter Is Fast Paced

The fast paced nature of twitter makes it very appealing. Twitter users rarely ever get push back for posting to frequently which often occurs on other media outlets. The continuous and fast paced flow of data has also allowed it to become one of the first places people learn of news events as they are occurring.

Virtual Relationships Create New Real Life Relationships

Getting know someone through following them on-line allows for real relationships to develop easily. This medium isn’t always as filtered with a glossy lens like most Facebook posts, thus allowing you to learn how someone really operates. The ease and non-invasive way of following and learning about people who live, work and play right around you allows users to create relationships easily with similar minded people.

Virtual Relationships Enhance Current Real Life Relationships

All virtual relationships, I believe, are enhanced through following on-line. It allows you to keep up with your friends in a busy world where time doesn’t always permit that relational commitment. However, the nature of twitter allows for a more personal look at all of peoples likes, dislikes, hobbies and ambitions. Again, i believe it is because of the less filtered nature of the posting method and socially acceptable frequency.

Twitter Makes Me A Better Writer

As someone who loves to write it is often easy to use more words than necessary. Being limited to 140 characters forces you to use minimal words, yet intelligently get your point across. It has also provided me with additional relationships and outlets to share my thoughts through blogging.

Hashtags

It is the online location where Hashtagging or using the # sign as a way to categorize subjects became prevalent. Thus, allowing subjects that interest you to searched for and grouped easily. The marketing ease that comes from hashtagging has created entire new campaign strategies for companies and their products. Searching hashtags, for me, has become a place where I can readily get the popular sentiment of our society on certain products or issues.

Twitter Develops Fans

Twitter allows for people, interests and even causes to go viral faster than any other media. You can create loyal followers or even fans in this outlet like no other (Arguable that YouTube and Instagram are competing now, but twitter was first). Fans are the 21st Century version of loyalty that marketers are crave to sell and rave about their products. It seems to be easier here because it has less to do with your friend base or geography than most other social media. On the flip side it has forced Customer Service or “Customer No Service Depts.” to be held accountable because negative service issues can also spread at viral rate.

I Read More

I find myself reading more because of the content that I source on twitter. As an avid reader it allows me to research authors, books and news stories quickly. In addition to the speed, I find content which I may have normally missed thus expanding my points of view for my writing, speaking and personal education.

 

Twitter Impacts Leadership

Twitter provides an outlet for a leader to share the direction for their organization or company. When those around you follow you on-line you are forced to express your beliefs and desires. Twitter becomes the voice of your brand or even the culture that you desire to cultivate.

 

So, I invite you to follow me on my favorite media, Twitter. Try it out for yourself but if you aren’t convinced we can still meet up elsewhere…. Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Youtube, Pinterest. There are plenty to choose from in our virtual world but I still prefer to meet for a drink and a good ol’ face to face meeting!

 

Leading From Last Place

December 29, 2014 — 2 Comments

Do you find that it is difficult to lead when you are not in charge? When you are in an organization where you are not the point leader how do you act in order to gain influence or leadership?

Difficult times, possibly even the reason you aren’t in leadership, can also be tough times to assume leadership. Whether it is a season that has impacted you relationally, financially or simply in a company that isn’t a company that you own. Any of these scenarios can make someone feel “less than” when it comes to impacting those around them. These are times when many begin to doubt their self worth, thus pushing them downwards instead of allowing them to ascend into leadership.

Maintain hope…… don’t allow the gravitational pull of mediocrity to impact your behavior. Difficult seasons of life often force those who have been in leadership roles previously to succumb to the herd mentality. Simply finding the way of the masses and merely fitting in.

 

I continue to emphasize, Maintain Hope…. The lessons of humility and perseverance are valuable lessons, but rarely fun to gain.

 

As a Christian leader we recognize, but often lose sight of, the fact that even during times that we are  leading the most people or have the greatest levels of influence that we are not ultimately in control. Though we begin to deceive ourselves that it is of our own skill, wit or talent. Possibly, the reason that God will reel us in during these times, to impart those valuable lessons that I mentioned.

Outlined below are five ideas that will allow you to stay above the masses within your organization. So that a stressful period doesn’t begin to define our lives or who we are; focus on making the five points below daily habits. If these ideas can become life habits you will ascend into additional leadership responsibilities. These new habits will begin to afford you influence among your friends and peers.

 

So when you find yourself in an organization where you aren’t the leader…..

 

Choose To Be Positive

Choosing to be positive is a daily decision. It is very easy during these times to allow negativity to creep in. Guard your mind and your time against throwing yourself a pity party each day. in addition, don’t allow others within your organization to bring you down with water-cooler conversations that aren’t productive. Simply choosing to be positive each day will allow you to rise up above the masses.

 

So when you find yourself in an organization where you aren’t the leader…..

 

Create Ideas

Creating ideas that will better the organization makes you more valuable to the organization. Only followers wait for their instructions from their leaders. Even worse is when you begin to secretly hope and wait for others ideas to fail. Those who bring ideas will ultimately get ask their opinions about ideas.

 

 

 

So when you find yourself in an organization where you aren’t the leader…..

 

Serve Others

Be available to help others within your organization. A real temptation or bad habit that can form when you are not the business owner or point leader is to solely focus on yourself, your work or your problems. Avoid the temptation to just finish your work and idly wait for your next orders to be delivered to you. Continuously look for opportunities to assist in other facets of the organization.

 

Be available to serve in community projects that do not directly benefit you. I personally have experienced times when my own plight was beginning to define me. By serving something bigger than myself I was able to eliminate “ the me centered attitude” that was beginning to permeate me.

 

So when you find yourself in an organization where you aren’t the leader…..

 

 

Envision The Future and Take Action!

Create a vision for how you want to fit into your current or future organization, department or team. If it is an area that is relational cast the vision of how you want your family or friendships to function or look into the future. Once you have set the vision create reasonable action steps that lead towards your vision. Make sure that from your current financial position or role that it is reasonable/possible to take these next steps.  Even if they are smallest steps; setting out on this new journey will be liberating.

 

So when you find yourself in an organization where you aren’t the leader…..

 

Pray

If you have found yourself feeling like you are in last place or in a position where your voice isn’t being heard, ask for help. God is there to partner with you. He is there to provide guidance and wisdom from the very place that you have found yourself.

Encountering setbacks in life’s journey is inevitable; it happens to everyone. So don’t be discouraged but also don’t try and go it alone because there will be additional resistance and setbacks ahead. I don’t want to be a downer but the rebuilding or change that you are setting out on will often be met with naysayers and resistance. If previous failures have led you to this place these negative reminders will creep in and cast doubt over your vision of the future.

This new partnership will allow you to embrace the idea that there will be future setbacks. Knowing that you aren’t entering into them alone will provide a new level of confidence. It takes confidence to be a leader.

 

These seasons of life can feel like an eternity. Turning the principles above into habits will allow you to ascend within your team, company or church in due time. Regardless of how quickly you move within your organization or gain additional influence your life will be more meaningful and peaceful.

I’ll close with this one last thought from the book of Matthew:

 

So the last will be first, and the first will be last.

–       Matthew 20:16 (NIV)