Are You a Unicorn in a World of Leaders?

Are You a Unicorn in a World of Leaders?

Find Your Cohorts this Summer! 

 

Women in leadership can sometimes feel like a unicorn ready to journey through a mythical land to find her cohorts.

But a calling isn’t meant to be a burden. A calling is meant to be compelling. A calling is the unleashing of all of who we are for God’s great good.

You don’t have to go to a mythical land to find like-minded leaders, but you can travel to a beautiful island for our Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive on June 20-21st in Neenah, WI. But that’s just the beginning. Participants will experience six months of group coaching and community engagement.

Watch this video where we (Jenni Catron and Alli Worthington) give you a behind-the-scenes about this upcoming event at The Historic Syme-Gilbert House.

So, do you want to meet fellow unicorns? Since this group provides personal development and group interaction, participants are limited to only 20 women. Register today to secure your spot.

Click Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive for more information and to register.

Keep leading well.

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

 

March Month-at-a-Glance

If you missed one of our publications this month, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a convenient list.

03/05/19             Solving Gender Issues in Leadership

03/07/19             Women in Leadership Thrive Together

03/12/19             How to Lead Change and Build Trust

03/14/19             A Mistake Most Leaders Make

03/19/19             Minimize Leadership Stress

03/21/19             How to Regain Team Momentum (Video)

03/26/19             10 Warning Signs Leaders Should Not Ignore (Guest Post)

 

 

           

Jenni Catron is the Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group.  Her passion is to equip and inspire leaders to lead from their extraordinary best! Schedule a free coaching call with Jenni. 

 

 

 


10 Warning Signs Leaders Should Not Ignore

10 Warning Signs Leaders Should Not Ignore

Guest Author: Alli Worthington

 

Imagine you had a leadership thermometer that measured your leadership health. Would you find you were cold and indifferent or overheating from burnout? Although there’s no such gadget, there are signs leaders should not ignore that could determine if it’s time to invest in yourself.

 

Play to Win

When you play to win in business or leadership, you need to get serious about your success. Success doesn’t come by accident; you need to find a coach or a coaching group. From the most successful professional athletes to multimillion-dollar leadership owners, people who are the most successful in their field have coaches.

Here are ten signs that will help you know if you are ready to join a coaching group.

 

10 Signs You’re Ready for Professional Coaching

 

1. You Feel Stuck

At some point in every leader’s journey, everyone will feel stuck and unable to move forward to the next level. Some people stay stuck and never reach their potential, and others push beyond the obstacle.

For those who want to succeed, that’s where leadership coaching becomes extremely valuable. The best leadership coaches will devote their time to know you well and understand your organization inside out. They will be able to help you develop the best strategy to move forward. If you don’t succeed, they don’t succeed.

An outside perspective, especially of a professional coach, is often just the help you need to get unstuck.

 

2. You Need an Expert Confidant

Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur or the leader of a large team, you’ll discover that you need an expert confidant to help guide you and your organization.

If you’re a business owner, you’ve probably already learned how difficult it is to move forward without a “think tank.” The key to survival is surrounding yourself with wisdom and support! A professional coach is someone with whom you can hash out all your potential problems, opportunities, and strategies.

And, if you’re an executive who is leading a team, you know that having an expert who isn’t part of your team can be so valuable. Not just because of the outside perspective they bring, but because you can’t confide every leadership concern with the people you are called to lead.

Investing in a professional coach is like having an expert or think tank at your fingertips.

 

3. You’re Not Sure Where to Focus Your Time and Energy

Whether you’re doing it all or leading a large team, it’s easy to feel like you’re doing the job of 10 people. There’s always some fire that needs to be put out, a deadline to meet, and choices that need a decision. Deciding where to focus your time and energy is one of the most critical aspects of running an organization.

You know you could spend your time more productively, so you need someone to help you map out a strategy that will help you maximize your time and your energy.

 

4. You Suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome

The struggle is real. It is so easy to get distracted by the latest software, the newest leadership course you should take to experience overnight success or the most recent slick advertising campaign.

At its core, shiny object syndrome is typically a sign that you have a million ideas and a million things to do, and you’re just looking for something that is going to make running your organization (and your life) easier.

A professional coach is going to cost you half as much as all those shiny things and is worth twice as much to you and your organization. Did you know that organizations that invest in a business/leadership coach have a return on their investment of over seven times the initial investment?

It’s always smart to invest in making your life easier. Just do it wisely.

 

5. You Aren’t Getting the Results You Want

Maybe you’re the world’s best planner, strategist, and decision maker. You have no trouble coming up with new ideas to make your organization successful, but you still struggle to get the results you want.

In my experience as a business coach, I have discovered that leaders who aren’t getting the results they want typically struggle from implementation. They have great ideas, but they lack real accountability to stay on track and make progress in the right things – the things that matter to grow your organization.

 

6. Digital Marketing Freaks You Out

Digital marketing can be one of the most significant areas where organizations and leaders waste time and money. Professional coaches will help you focus and prioritize, but they are also digital marketing experts who can help you boost your sales and profits in the digital arena.

In this area, the best professional coaches should act more like a business consultant and be able to tell you precisely what digital marketing strategy to take and how to implement it.

 

7. You’re Frustrated with Your Growth Rate

You’re working more and more hours, but your growth rate and your profits aren’t reflecting the work you’re putting into the organization. Growth isn’t automatic. If you are going to grow, you need a wise coach with a plan!

The best professional coaches will help you evaluate where the organization is now and find the highest potential for future growth and profits. They can guide you every step of the way.

 

8. You Need Someone Who Will Keep It Real

Friends, family, coworkers, and subordinates are rarely going to feel comfortable confronting you if they see you going off track. They have too much to lose to be brutally honest with you.

You need someone who cares enough and is invested enough in your organization to tell you the truth (and to be someone with an unbiased opinion). Your coach’s bias is only toward your success!

 

9. You Secretly Have a Lack of Confidence

Many leaders and business owners lack confidence in who they are, the direction they’re headed, and if they have the right expertise to run the organization.

The best coaches serve as a mentor, cheerleader, and drill sergeant. They’ve been through the highs and lows of business and leadership and can help guide you. They are there to remind you of your strengths, encourage you through the hard seasons, and give you a swift kick in the pants when you need it!

Because of that, you can feel confident that whatever comes up in your organization you can depend on them for wisdom and guidance.

 

10. You Feel Overwhelmed

When you add up all that you are doing and consider the nine signs above, it’s easy to see that you might feel overwhelmed. That’s probably the understatement of the year!

When you start to feel overwhelmed, that’s a sure sign that you need an outside perspective and experienced help to overcome the obstacles.

Research shows that 90% of small businesses fail in the first five years, and I believe it is because the founders of these organizations didn’t pay attention to the warning signs listed above. That doesn’t have to happen to you. You’re reading this because you want your leadership to grow, to be successful, to help other people, and give you the lifestyle you desire.

If three or more of these signs resonated with you, minimize leadership stress and invest in yourself and professional coaching.

Alli Worthington

 

Note from Jenni: Alli has been a long-time friend and one of the first people I call for leadership advice and strategic consulting. If you have a desire to develop your leadership gifts then join us for our upcoming “Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive” at the historic and scenic Syme-Gilbert House in Neenah, WI. (You will love it!)

Keep leading well!

Jenni Catron & The 4Sight Group

 

           

Alli is the author of Fierce Faith: A Woman’s Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry and Overcoming Anxiety and Breaking Busy: Finding Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy.

 

 


A Mistake Most Leaders Make

A Mistake Most Leaders Make

 

Do you find the pace of life and your daily leadership responsibilities astronomical? Maybe you’re moving up in your organization, and you feel the need to learn and grow to stay sharp and bring outstanding value to your team or organization. But no one owes you a development plan; it’s up to you. The mistake most leaders make is not taking the initiative to learn and grow.

 

I read an article that said today’s culture has access to as much information in one day as our ancestors 100 years ago had in a lifetime. No wonder we’re overwhelmed. We’ve all felt the pressure of organizational expectations knowing we need to do, learn, and grow more, but how do you implement a consistent learning rhythm?

 

Let me give you a few insights into what I’m doing and how I’m taking responsibility for my growth and leadership development.

 

1. Read Every Day

 

It’s difficult to make space for reading, but I read ten to sixty minutes a day. Yes, it can be challenging, but ten minutes a day adds up to five hours per month. Let your daily habit build momentum. You could knock out four to six books a year.

 

Try to get up ten minutes earlier, and spent that time reading. Books come in different delivery methods. You could choose a physical book, digital books, or audiobook. Find what works for you. I usually read a passage of scripture that will spiritually inspire or challenge me, and I add pages from a business or leadership book. I also read biographies on the weekend that unlock a wealth of insights from leaders that have gone before us.

 

2. Take Time for Courses, Conferences, and Podcasts

 

When I’m on the treadmill, elliptical, or running (on warmer days) I am listening to a podcast. If you’ve never listened to a podcast, it’s like a 15-30-minute radio talk show that’s available 24/7. Podcasts are a great way to get insights and information from other thought leaders.

 

Courses and Conferences can be inspiring and life-giving. Ask yourself, how do I need to grow this year?  Consider the environment or the conference space that would fuel your goals and personal development.

 

3. Find Intentional Communities for Growth

 

You need two-way communication for growth and learning. When you find a connection through a coaching group or intensive where you’re getting interaction and you can talk about your recent insights, successes, and struggles it will provide awareness and accountability for growth.

 

I want to encourage you that connection is critical, and that’s what most of us miss. I joined my first coaching cohort about a dozen years ago, and I still meet and talk with most of those women. It was a valuable learning experience for me, and it’s one of the reasons why I’ve hosted online coaching groups.

 

What’s Your Learning Rhythm?

 

You can begin your learning rhythm, today. What book will you read? Which podcast will you listen to this week? Be intentional about finding a community for growth, and if you’re planning to schedule a conference this year, let me suggest the Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive. Ali Worthington is a dear friend and a brilliant leader who is co-hosting this event in Neenah, WI. You’ll find connection and women in similar stages and seasons of leadership who can share their perspectives.

 

In the meantime, let me know about your learning rhythm, and share the insights you’ve discovered but more importantly how have you applied these valuable insights. Let’s learn from each other.

 

We have access to so much information, but learning without application is just more noise in our lives.

 

Keep leading well.

 

Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group

 

           

Jenni Catron is the Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group.  Her passion is to equip and inspire leaders to lead from their extraordinary best! Schedule a free coaching call with Jenni. 

 

 

 


Women in Leadership Thrive Together

I’m excited to share some big news with you!

One of my dear friends, Alli Worthington, is collaborating with me for our upcoming Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive with two days of coaching mastermind sessions.

Alli has been a long-time friend and one of the first people I call for leadership advice and strategic consulting. If you have a desire to develop your leadership gifts then join us at the historic and scenic Syme-Gilbert House in Neenah, WI. (You will love it!)

Alli has co-founded multiple companies and has helped individuals, small business owners, and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Some of the companies she has helped include Procter & Gamble, Disney, Intel, and Propel Women.

Her no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, life, and balance led to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. She has written for Huffington Post, Fox News, Redbook and more.

Alli, her husband, Mark, and their five sons live outside of Nashville, TN with the only golden retriever who refuses to retrieve.

We’re committed to helping leaders be thriving and healthy and dedicated to equipping you with the foresight for success!

Keep leading well!

Jenni Catron & The 4Sight Group

           

Alli is the author of Fierce Faith: A Woman’s Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry and Overcoming Anxiety and Breaking Busy: Finding Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy.

 

 


4 Tips for Using the Enneagram as an Effective Team Development Tool

4 Tips for Using the Enneagram as an Effective Team Development Tool

By: Jenni Catron

 

About 10 years ago my counselor introduced me to the Enneagram. It was one of the many tools that she used to help in discovering my motivations and convictions. We wrestled for months to accurately type me. Was I a “One” or a “Three”… maybe even a “Five”. She wasn’t in a hurry to determine my type although I was. To her, the process was a sacred discovery that would ultimately help us identify what some Enneagram scholars call the “automatic” self – the way I have learned to show up in the world to succeed.

 

Ultimately our discussions led us to conclude that my automatic self is a Type 3. Early on in life I learned to succeed by achieving. I internalized the belief that I was most valued when I performed well, whatever the role called for – teacher’s pet, straight “A” student, top of my class, star role in the musical, obedient child. Funny enough my nickname growing up was “Winners” although no one can remember exactly when or how that name was given.

 

Little about this process was humorous or entertaining. It was raw and many times painful but it was also incredibly beautiful. The Enneagram has been a tool of immense personal growth. It has stretched me and it has given me a framework for continued growth.

 

For the last decade, I have actively continued to study this tool both for my personal development but also for helping to serve the leaders I work with.

 

For many years when I would introduce the Enneagram, I would get strange looks and tentative questions “Ennea – what?” I’m pretty sure a few people thought I was drifting into some new age spirituality.

 

And so I have been mostly delighted with the rise of the Enneagram’s popularity. I’m thrilled that more people are aware of this tool and actively seeking to grow in their self-awareness.

 

As with any tool, knowing how to use the tool is important for it to be effective. A tool misused can be dangerous.

 

With a passion to help leaders use the tool well, I want to give you some thoughts on how to use the Enneagram effectively for you and your team.

  • Resist the desire to type someone. Sure, it’s kind of fun to try to peg someone based upon what you experience in their personality. But what we see on the surface is not always an indicator of underlying motivation. For example, I have perfectionist tendencies that can often be mistyped as a Type 1. With a closer look, you’ll discover that my pursuit of perfection is directly related to whom I’m trying to please. As a Type 3 I may shift my behavior according to whose approval I’m seeking. If you type someone too early, you may confuse them and yourselves and short circuit their discovery. When you allow someone to arrive at an understanding of their type, I promise you will learn much more about them.

 

  • Remember that the Enneagram is not designed to pigeon-hole someone into a type. While we all have a type that reflects our automatic self and this type will not change, the Enneagram is designed to help us become more integrated. Our automatic type will learn to be more fluid and balanced. As we grow and move to the healthiest version of our type, we will not be as extreme in our type or reflect the negative attributes of our type as strongly. I often hear individuals use their type as an excuse for behavior or I see team members box someone in with phrases like, “as an 8 you always have to be in charge” or “she’s a 4 that’s why she’s so moody”. We must resist the urge to limit people’s potential by seeing them as the stereotype of their number.

 

  • Use the Enneagram to spark understanding of one another. We naturally view the world through our own lens and as a result have difficulty understanding the motivations and behaviors of others. Healthy processing of the Enneagram equips your team to have a greater understanding of one another because you learn the automatic responses and motivations of each type. Using the Enneagram as a tool for learning more about one another can open up curiosity and lead to greater compassion for your team members.

 

  • As a leader, use the Enneagram to know how to coach and develop your team. You will build trust and influence with your team as you seek to understand them. Knowing your teams’ core motivations and fears give you powerful insight to know how to coach them, encourage them and provide feedback. For example, when you’re working with a Type 2 you can be sensitive to the fact that their desire to help everyone often leads them to overcommit and often feel taken advantage of. With this knowledge, you can be on the lookout for when they are overextending themselves and help coach them to be more clear with their boundaries. You can also keep an eye out for other staff who may take advantage of their tendency to rescue others.

 

Helping your staff be both self-aware and others-aware is a tremendous way to build trust and develop healthy teams. The Enneagram is just one of many tools that can be a powerful resource in creating healthy and thriving organizational culture.

 

What tools have been helpful for the health and development of your team?

What Christmas Movies have taught me about Leadership…#3

One of the all time Christmas movie classics is a movie called, The Christmas Story.

It is set in the 1940s, chronicling a young boy named Ralphie, who attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, AND Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. In fact, there are so many great and funny moments from this movie. The LEG LAMP, the F R A G I L E E E box, the freaky SANTA pushing Ralphie down the slide and nobody will ever forget the infamous TRIPLE DOG DARE, the mother of all dares!  But with each of those moments comes an indelible leadership lesson.

  • The LEG LAMP! The dad was obsessed with it, I mean it was a ‘major prize’. In leadership, obsessions always lead to distortions. The more we believe we must have something or do something the more it distorts the truth. Leadership must be fluid and as soon as you make something an absolute, it owns you. A leader is always flexible.

 

  • The FREAKY SANTA!  Ralphie was determined to put his dream of owning a Red Ryder BB gun in front of the ‘BIG MAN’, but it fell flat when he heard the words ‘you’ll shoot your eye out kid.’ Often in leadership we seek people’s approval. All of us have a ‘SANTA’ we are trying to impress, gain their approval or seek their attention. Healthy leadership pursues the focus of the vision and never the approval of a person. A leader is always driven by a vision.

 

  • THE TRIPLE DOG DARE! And finally, the best moment, the infamous triple dog dare! Leaders like to dream. They like to risk. In other words, every leader is influenced by their own triple dog dare moment. We are all tempted to lead from a place of trying to prove something. If we aren’t careful our leadership will take risks not because they’re wise and courageous but because they’re perceived as impressive. A leader always asks hard questions of themselves, before they charge the hill.

A Red Ryder BB gun, or leg lamp may not be in your future but it may be wise to consider these questions:

What’s my Leg Lamp? Who’s my Freaky Santa? And where is the Triple Dog Dare in my life?

Answering these questions, may just help you lead even better in 2019.

By: Patrick Detken

What Christmas Movies have taught me about leadership…#1

BY: Brett Detken

So, it really IS that time of year!

Christmas music and movies are on every channel, every station, and are playing around the clock! And no matter who you are, at some point each Christmas season, we will all make time to sit down and watch our favorite Christmas movies. And so, if you are a fan of Hallmark movies, the Christmas Classics, or the new Christmas movies of today, here are some things we can learn from these incredible stories that apply to how we lead.

For example, here are 4 leadership lessons we can learn from one of my favorite movies, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

– Leading well happens when life goes differently than you planned! 
In the movie, George Bailey, the films main character learned first hand that life can change in a moment, and yet leading well means adapting to the changes as they come. Leading well starts not just from being responsible, it grows when we are “response-able” to the changes that occur all around us.

– You often inherit the team you lead. (For good and bad!)
Just as George inherited his team from the generation before, leading well means bringing the best out of the team you inherit. Look for ways to get them in the right seat, and to help them succeed.

– Leaders take responsibility for their team’s failures. 
When an employee makes a disastrous mistake, George does not blame, but instead takes the responsibility on himself. As John Maxwell says, “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, and a little less share of his share of the credit!”

– Successful leadership should impact your community, not just your bottom line. 
This season, remember that your leadership is about something bigger than just what you can produce. No matter what type of organization you lead in, remember that your leadership legacy will not be built on stats or numbers, but on the people you impact along the way. So, keep pouring into people, keep leading with excellence and courage, and keep investing into what matters. It is making a bigger difference than you can imagine.

Join us over the next couple weeks, as we learn more from our most favorite Christmas movies!

So….What Christmas movie is your favorite? 

Brett Detken is a leadership expert and the Director of Marketing for the 4Sight Group. She loves raising up the generation of leaders to change the world.

Leadership Lesson’s I’m Thankful for….#4

BY: Brett Detken

Have you ever had a cringe worthy moment? You know, those leadership moments, that when you STILL think back on them, you get that sinking feeling down in your gut!

I remember a time when I believed (really….I really believed!) that my boss needed to hear my opinion about how bad his ideas were IN THE MIDDLE of staff meeting! UGH! Cringe!!

I mean somewhere down in my young, inexperienced brain, I believed that because I had been on staff for a whole year (yes, insert eyeroll here) that I had a right to be heard! Luckily, my boss was very gracious and instead of firing me, gave me a chance to learn one of the most important lessons of leadership. And here it is: In any organization, you may be given a job, but you always have to earn credibility.

Whereas, character is about who you are, credibility really does come from what you do. Credibility is how you establish your reputation and it is how you build trust in an organization. And honestly, this is something leaders often forget to do. We often forget we need to earn credibility in order to be influential in any organization. Credibility, or the right to be heard, is always earned, and never just given.

So how can we as leaders earn credibility?

● BY DOING WHAT YOU SAY YOU WILL DO: It’s so simple, but the first way to earn credibility is simply by being faithful to what you are already doing. Leaders who are clear, consistent, and who follow through on their commitments, earn the right to be heard.  And more than that, leaders who do what they say they will do with the right attitude, earn more than credibility…they earn favor. So, if you want to influence your organization, be consistent in what you are doing RIGHT now. Do it well, do it faithfully, and soon your influence will grow.

● BY DOING WHAT’S RIGHT EVEN WHEN HARD: The second way to earn credibility is to choose to do what’s right even when it’s difficult. Finding the courage to make changes when unpopular, enter into conflict when uncomfortable, and take risks even when unfamiliar, is what creates a lasting legacy and earns leaders the right to be heard in the future.

● BY PURSUING UNITY: Finally, a key to earning credibility in your organization as a leader, is by relentlessly pursuing unity. Meaning you will do whatever it takes to root out a critical, toxic or divisive spirit, and instead choose to lift up those above you, beside you, and below in your organization.

Building trust, respect, and credibility is one of the most important things any leader can do in their organization. It will take time, but as your credibility grows so will your influence.

So here’s a question:

Out of these three things above, what is one step you can take to earn credibility?

 

 Brett Detken is a leadership expert and the Director of Marketing for The 4Sight Group. She has led in the local church for the past 20 years, and is a Professor of Business and Leadership. 

Leadership Lessons I’m Thankful for….#3

As I’ve pondered the leadership lessons I’m thankful for, I think of the times where I was the most uncomfortable in my leadership. The times when others gave me difficult feedback or the seasons where I lacked skills I needed for the role. These were the moments that shaped me the most because they forced change. It’s funny how some of the toughest moments of our lives become the ones we are most thankful for. “People don’t like change” is a phrase we often hear, but when I really step back and think about it, I am not sure I necessarily agree. My experience is that we like change that we can control, but we don’t like change that is forced upon us.

So when someone gives us tough feedback that requires change, we resist.
When circumstances force change, we resist. 
When decisions are made that we don’t agree with, we resist.

I once heard Seth Godin say that we don’t like change because it pushes us to a place of incompetence. We don’t want to feel incompetent so we resist change. To feel incompetent triggers fear, insecurity, doubt, and uncertainty – all the emotions we want to avoid.
And yet, change is where growth takes place. We don’t grow without change!

We don’t grow without change.

So today, it’s not necessarily a specific lesson I’m thankful for, but rather I’m thankful for those uncomfortable moments in my leadership that have forced change and therefore produced growth.

So the question today for all of us is, “Where are you resisting change?” And more specifically, “What might be on the other side of that change, that might be exactly what you are looking for?

 

Jenni Catron is the Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group.  Her passion is to equip and inspire leaders to lead from their extraordinary best!

 

Leadership Lesson’s I’m Thankful For…#2

Recently, my family came back from a trip to Yellowstone National Park.

The park is simply amazing in it’s beauty, vastness, and grandeur. It was so interesting to visit the famous landmarks, like the mud pots, the grand prismatic geysers, and namely the Old Faithful geyser. However, one of the biggest lessons we learned inside Yellowstone almost happened by accident, as we were driving our way through the park.

In fact, the lesson was all around us and yet, unless someone had pointed it out to our group, we most certainly would have missed it. This lesson comes from the Lodgepole Pine Tree. See back in 1988, there was a massive fire in Yellowstone which covered a significant amount of the park. The fire raged, thousands of trees were lost, and everyone thought the forest was gone. However, when you drive through today, you now see thousands of lodgepole pine trees. How did this happen? Well, here is what researchers discovered:

Lodgepole pine trees are created to have pine cones on them that are shut tight with an impenetrable glue like mixture. Because of this resin, the seeds are locked in tight, and cannot be released UNTIL they come into contact with VERY high temperatures–the very type of temperatures that fire provides!

So get this…..in order for lodgepole pine trees to grow, to expand, and to reproduce, they have to go through the fire! I mean, come on!!! What a leadership lesson for us!

In the same way, as much as we try to avoid it, the fires of life help us grow. They strengthen us, they prime us for new life, and they help clear away the junk. And oftentimes, it’s only after we go through the fires of pain, struggle, or hurt, that we are best able to plant seeds in others around us so that they can grow as well.

And listen, as leaders we will all have seasons where we will have to go through the fire. We will be hurt, criticized, and attacked. We will fail, make mistakes, and fumble. We will ALL go through the fire.

And the question for us when the fires rage around us is not,“Why is this happening”, but instead, “What do I need to learn?”

Because maybe, what you need to learn, will be the very thing that will help those around you and those you lead, grow and find new life.

So, the next time you are in a place in your life or leadership where the heat is getting turned up, and life is getting hot…remember that lodgepole pine, and how you too are uniquely created to grow stronger as a result of the fire.  

In fact, looking back on your own leadership journey, how have the fires of life helped you grow?

 

Brett Detken is a leadership expert and the Director of Marketing for The 4Sight Group. She has led in the local church for the past 20 years, and is a Professor of Business and Leadership. 

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