Tim Tobin has coached many leaders--from first-time leaders to senior executives. He has been featured in Chief Learning Officer Magazine, Sales and Service Excellence Magazine, and numerous other academic and professional publications. He's also the author of his latest book "Peak Leadership Fitness: Elevating Your Leadership Game."
As a leader, you’ve got to be able to motivate and inspire others to get results. It requires a high degree of self-awareness.
Leadership is about listening.
Sometimes you find these cues by understanding others’ needs–other times you find out by asking. I like to get expectations up front as a leader, but also let others know what to expect from me. It could be as simple as asking how you can support your team. It’s also about ensuring that as a leader you’re setting direction and expectations of your team.
It becomes about letting your team know how they’ll be rewarded ina advanced. And, if somebody goes against it, maybe they’ll get in trouble for that. Adjust those levers and since they may change in the middle of the game. You may realize somebody needs more autonomy upfront and then later they change it and they need less.
You gotta be flexible as a leader for sure.
Yeah, I think there are a couple of elements.
As a leader, you set a clear direction. You’ve got to inspire and motivate other people to want to follow that direction. You’ve got to give feedback to develop others and get your desired outcome.
If you look at this as a partnership, that’s where you start to get followers. If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and put in work that’s where you’re going to get followers. Great leaders and followers are important to meet an objective since they both balance each other out.
Number one is to start early.
Number two is to be patient.
There are some interesting parallels between financial fitness and leadership fitness. For example, you need to prepare yourself and know there aren’t shortcuts. Every once in a while someone may find themselves in a more advantageous scenario, but I’ve always found that luck favors the prepared mind.
They didn’t just get lucky, somehow they’d put themselves in a circumstance for good things to happen.
I would say there are two aspects of investing–growing as personally and financially.
My best financial investment was purchasing my first real estate property. I happened to be in the right place at the right time. In two years I realized a significant return, which allowed me to then get into another property.
On the personal side, my best investment has been my education. I have a doctorate in human and organizational studies. Although it sounds great it took time and money–with sacrifices along the way.
I’d use $1,000 for self-development.
First, I’d have 360 assessment which would allow me to get feedback from multiple people for my strengths and weaknesses. This wouldn’t take up the full thousand, but I would start here.
When you’re talking about struggling with finances and feeling hopeless, you’ve got to find the root cause and make changes.
Is the cause of the struggle is it the spending? Is it the cost of living? Is it the income?
You’ve got to answer these questions to know the root cause. There were times that I couldn’t go to the ATM because I don’t think I had any money in my bank. It takes a bit of time but you gotta be proactive in making the first few steps to ultimately make progress.
Money means two things to me. Freedom and responsibility. It gives you the freedom to make choices.
It’s the age-old question of what would you do if you won the lottery?
If money didn’t matter, would you keep working? How would you spend your time?
When money isn’t an issue anymore, you’re going to be true to yourself and do things you truly want to do. That’s where the responsibility comes in. How will you contribute to making society a better place?
Chris writes personal finance and productivity articles for software companies. He gets fresh ideas through continuously investing in himself and interviewing successful entrepreneurs.