Why Do So Many Leaders Lack This One Trait? and 5 Ways To Increase Yours.

And it is one of the most important leadership traits there are

I have worked for many great leaders in my career.  Some of them had this trait but most did not.  But they were still good leaders.  The ones that had it are the ones I am still close to today.  The ones that didn’t I don’t hear from.  Which is understandable.  If you wanted to take your leadership to a level that most never do you need to work on your benevolence.

Constantly work on your ability, your integrity, your benevolence and your impact to improve your leadership.

What is benevolence?

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The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues (2016)

Have just finished reading this book.  It’s a quick read but full of useful practices and strategies for any team and leader.  Highly recommend this book as well as any of Patrick Lencioni’s books.  This one is by far one of my favorite books.  Be sure to check it out.  Let me know what you think too.

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Don’t let the word Impossible get you down or even used in your vocabulary.  After all the word itself spells I’m Possible.

Peter J Szpakowski

Try Doing This One Thing To Become More Productive Every Day

Morning's often set the tone for the day. What do we do wrong every day that starts us off on the wrong path?

Do your mornings start like mine? You get into the office, boot up the computer, get a cup of coffee and then the first thing you do is check your inbox.  Let the urgency begin!!! Immediately you get overwhelmed by all the messages. All the questions. All the needs. The need to put out all the fires. Many times somebodies urgent task for you is because they failed to plan.  So you start your day out on the wrong foot.

What if you ignored your email inbox for the first two hours of work? You would be able to:
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The 5 Key Strategies To Becoming A Better Listener

Listening is one of the greatest strategies to being a Great Leader

Have you ever had that boss or friend who you swear loves to talk. Talk about anything and everything.  And when you try to get a word in they jump right in with another story or something about them? In Steven Covey’s book “How To Win Friends and Influence People” one thing you can do to win friends and influence people is listen. Not just listen but listen with a clear mind.  Understand and remember what the person is talking about.

Be An Active Listener

To become that great leader. That Level 5 leader that John Maxwell talks about in his books. That leader that everyone looks up to and respects at work. You will need to become a great listener. Become the best listener you know. It’s not hard. I have been told that I am a leader who cares about my people. That understands my people. That takes an interest in my people. That wants to help my people. I have been told this by colleagues, management, and my team members. I attribute this to becoming a great listener. When you listen and understand people something triggers.   They can trust you more than most.

I have not always been a great listener… Just ask my mom. I had to learn to become a great listener. For me there are just 5 simple rules to becoming a great leader.

The 5 key strategies to becoming a better listener are:

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Constantly work on your ability, your integrity, your benevolence, and your impact to improve your leadership

Use your telescope to set your goals and then use your microscope to set the commitments to get that goal and the steps you are going to take to achieve success!

I don’t need easy… I just need worth it.  It’s worth the hard work for those things we feel are worth working for.

Peter Szpakowski

You Will Not Have Commitment Without Connection and You Will Not Have Connection Without Communication.

Don’t assume your team knows what you are thinking or what your expectations are of them.  Give them a target to shoot at.  Give them some direction.  This goes for your team, your family, your friends.

9 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Personal Trainer To Get In Better Shape

Part 4 of 6 Ways To Exercise More Each Week

I talk to so many people who think personal trainers are too expensive.  I have even felt that in the past.  Health problems that can follow are more devastating and way more expensive if you ask me.  I have a background in health and fitness.   My dad started having heart problems. I realized that I needed to get other peoples input to help me grow and increase my knowledge.  The cost of a personal trainer as great as it might seem is such a great return on investment.  I know some people that charge up to $250 per hour and I know now they are worth every penny.  No wait… I am worth every penny. The money I give to a personal trainer that is going to help me achieve my goals and increase my health is well worth it.

Did you know that even the smartest people in the world use coaches? The fittest people in the world use coaches or personal trainers. I have a background in bodybuilding and even the top bodybuilders in the world have coaches.  The greatest athletes in the world have coaches.  There is a reason why even the greatest and brightest people in the world use coaches.  They work!  But why do they work?  Here are 9 reasons why hiring a personal trainer is worth it.

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