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What happens when you sit down and ask a CEO brutally honest questions about what it takes to be a successful leader? Hopefully, you’ll get brutally honest answers and when you do, let’s hope you’ve got a journal handy to take notes. Learning directly from experienced leaders is a rare and valuable opportunity, and you’ll likely hear something you want to implement with team members, utilize in your decision-making, or something to remind yourself when a hard day comes.

In this interview, you’ll learn about the different leadership qualities and leadership skills that effective leaders use from Bobby Herrera–CEO of Populus Group and author of The Gift of Struggle. All leaders, regardless of leadership role, will benefit from the topics that Bobby covers. Whether you’re leading a Fortune 500 company, non-profit, tech startup, or local community, there’s something here for you.

Read below for a preview!

 

Table of Contents
  1. The Key Points of Leadership and Why It Matters
  2. Learning From Leadership Mistakes
  3. How to Become a Better Leader
  4. Leading a Team: Questions to Ask, Problem-solving, and Priorities!
  5. Self-Evaluation: The One Question to Ask Yourself

 

 

1) The Key Points of Leadership and Why it Matters.

“People want to get the life they dream of. Unfortunately, many drift and allow distractions to dilute their potential. They get distracted and need guidance and encouragement. Great leaders help people take control of their story and live the life of meaning they want.”

– Bobby Herrera

 

Why is leadership something that people should aspire too?  

If you want to have a life of fulfillment and meaning, then becoming a leader is the right choice for you. Few things will fill your heart with more joy than helping someone achieve something meaningful for themselves and their family. 

 

Is leadership for everyone? 

No, and that’s okay. Just like parenting or joining the military, it isn’t for everyone. The unvarnished truth is that it’s better for everyone if people who don’t want to selflessly lead others choose to follow instead. You must have it in your heart to serve others. Great leadership is simple: you must GIVE more than you TAKE. Simple doesn’t make it easy; effective leadership is hard work. I encourage others to admit whether the steep climb of leadership is for them. If it’s not, you’re still helping those around you by being humble. 

 

What can people gain by becoming a leader?

At the end of our story, we want to know that we mattered. Leadership helps you check that important box. Sure, there are opportunities for more financial gain and exposure, but in the end, those pale in comparison to living a life of meaning and impact.  

People want to get the life of their dreams. Unfortunately, many drift and allow distractions to dilute their potential. They get distracted and need guidance and encouragement. Great leaders help people take control of their story and live the life of meaning they want.

 

What is the cost of being a bad leader?

How much would you give to make sure the people you love didn’t hurt inside? You cannot measure the negative impact of bad leadership because the pain is too great. It’s not only financial numbers that are hurt by bad leadership, it’s also lives. Bad leadership ripples beyond the interaction of the leader and the person being led. It impacts lives and relationships in the home after the workday ends. It amplifies the narrative of self-doubt that people play in their head. People are human, and we get one act at life–it’s too important to allow a bad leader to steal that joy from anyone.

Parallel with this strong opinion is the fact that many believe the alpha-myth that good leadership is synonymous with perfection. The opposite is true. Great leaders are humble, and they openly own their mistakes. They are students and remain curious to learn from leaders who are better than themselves. Bad leaders won’t model this type of behavior because their ego gets in the way of their ability to be vulnerable.

 

What do people need to do to become a leader?

A ‘permission to play’ requirement is a strong desire to help others. To be a great leader you must be willing to be highly involved and hold your people to that high standard. To help aspiring leaders understand the essence of what I mean, I often ask them to name the one or two people who have had the most significant influence in their life. They tend to name a parent, a coach, a teacher, a friend, or mentor who was very involved while always telling them the truth of what they needed to hear. You can quickly name yours too.

A dear mentor taught me many years ago that as a leader, I am not allowed to change anyone else before I change myself. People do what people see, and they can sniff out bad leadership from a mile away. If you’re kind, they will model that.

 

Want to read the full resource? You can download the resource here!

 

Table of Contents
  1. The Key Points of Leadership and Why It Matters
  2. Learning From Leadership Mistakes
  3. How to Become a Better Leader
  4. Leading a Team: Questions to Ask, Problem-solving, and Priorities!
  5. Self-Evaluation: The One Question to Ask Yourself

 

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4 Comments

  1. Tony Larm

    Thank you Bobby for sharing insights and thoughts on this topic. Gaining a perspective from a proven leader is a gift I don’t take lightly. Thank you and look forward to passing onto those I impact as well.

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    • Bobby Herrera

      Love it, Tony! Keep climbing and keep impacting those around you!

      Reply
  2. Andrew Harrell

    Bobby, great read as always. I agree we ourselves must change and set the example that others want to emulate to truly lead. I like to have student service members and Veterans craft a personal mission statement. This simple statement provides great direction to their transition journey.
    It has helped me in the Marine Corps, with SAIC and now in my role working for your company supporting Microsoft. Let me not forget my role of leading my family.

    My Mission Statement.. Give more than I take… #CLIMBING

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    • Bobby Herrera

      Thanks for all you do for our veterans! Love that you have each student service member craft their own statements–truly an amazing impact you’re making! #climbwithstyle

      Reply

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