AGL 008: The Leadership Process, Leadership Training

If you do want to be a leader, you have to train. You have to work hard at it. It’s not just something that you can just try to do without work.

Have you ever run a marathon? It’s not something that you can just go out and try. You have to put in a lot of time and effort to train for marathons. Becoming a leader is the same thing. You have to train hard. There is a difference between reading leadership books and training. Reading books is education, not training. Let me ask you this: Do you want your kids to go through sex education or sex training? In order to truly understand and be able to do something, you have to train for it. Most companies have ‘training programs’, but they are really just education programs. Until you actually go out and practice building relationships and inspiring people, you’re not really training to be a leader.

One of my favorite stories is about Picasso. He was pretty famous later in his life. People knew who Picasso was before he died. He didn’t just die and then become famous. Picasso had a drinking problem and he spent a lot of time in bars. Usually before he left he’d doodle something and give it to the bartender for his fee because the bartender knew the drawing would be wroth more than the bill. He was leaving one of these bars and a lady stopped him and said, “Oh, Picasso, Picasso, I’m such a huge fan of your work! Can you please draw me something?” She handed him a pad and a pen, so he spent thirty seconds drawing something.

He ripped the drawing out, handed the pad and pen back, held the paper out to her, and said, “That’ll be one million dollars.”

She said, “Picasso, that took you thirty seconds.”

He replied, “No, ma’am, it took me thirty years to learn to do that in thirty seconds.” That’s the way that leadership works. It takes a lot of work for you to get to the point where you can actually lead someone. You can’t just go out one day and lead. You have to train for it.

While you’re training to become a good leader, you need to understand that it’s a process, not a project. We are all creative in the strictest definition of the word. We create for a living. We create solutions to problems. Our projects have a start and an end. Leadership doesn’t work that way. There is no end; the end is a mirage. You’re only going to get better the further along you go in the journey. Don’t get frustrated; just understand that leadership is a process without an end.

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October 15, 2015

AGL 008: The Leadership Process, Leadership Training

If you do want to be a leader, you have to train. You have to work hard at it. It’s not just something that you can just try to do without work. Have you ever run a marathon? It’s not something that you can just go out and try. You have to put in a lot of time and effort to train for marathons. Becoming a leader is the same thing. You have to train hard. There is a difference between reading leadership books and training. Reading books is education, not training. Let me ask you this: Do you want […]
October 6, 2015

AGL 007: Overcoming Fear, Anxiety, and the Impostor Syndrome

  We all are afraid of something.  Being a leader demands bravery. In this episode I talk about getting over FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). I list and explain these 4 steps for dealing with fear: Play it out. What’s the worse that can happen? What’s the likelihood of that thing happening? How can you reduce the likelihood of that happening? If the worse happens, how can you recover? We need to understand that everyone deals with fear.  The most successful people just “do it anyway.” Getting over the imposter Syndrome.  Check out this article from StartupBros on getting over. […]
October 4, 2015

AGL 006: Likability, Soft Skills and why likability is so important for career advancement

In this episode I talk about likability.  Being liked at work is actually pretty important.  A lot of people believe that being good at their job, or having some special skill will help them get ahead.  But the truth is that likability plays a huge role in where you end up. People want to hire people they like and promote people they like.  Don’t you want to work with people you like too?  Yes, its important to have skill, but talent will only take you so far.  To advance your career even farther, you mush be liked.  Take a listen […]
September 30, 2015

AGL 005: Book Review: Simon Sinek – Leaders Eat Last

I listen to a lot of audiobooks.  About a year ago, I listened to Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last audiobook.  I loved this book.  In my opinion its better than his first best seller, Start With Why. In this book, Simon Sinek tells the story of Johnny Bravo, a military pilot and how he risked his life to defend ground troops in battle. He uses this story to illustrate the idea of the “Circle of Safety.” Circle of Safety Simon tells us that we should focus on helping those around us and under us instead of one-upping them. He uses […]
September 29, 2015

AGL 004: Having the Difficult Conversation

Having Difficult conversations is really important.  I don’t think anyone would argue that. Many times we feel awkward and don’t want to have the conversation and things go from bad to worse… or they just never get resolved.  This podcast is to give you 3 tips on having difficult conversations that I got from Ash Beckham’s Ted Talk from a few years ago. I hope you guys like this one and get something from it.  Please leave me a note in the comments below and better yet, subscribe and review the podcast in iTunes. http://traffic.libsyn.com/johnrouda/AGL_004__Having_the_Difficult_Conversation.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]
September 24, 2015

AGL 003: Dealing with Distractons

Distractions overwhelm us everyday… They overwhelm me every hour. This podcast episode is a short talk about how to deal with distractions. I hope that it helps you handle daily distractions that you encounter. Please leave me a comment below and subscribe in iTunes. Thanks so much. Sponsor: What’s HTML? – Learn it in 4 Hours. Amazon Link Audible Link http://traffic.libsyn.com/johnrouda/AGL__003_-_Dealing_with_Distractions.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS