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JCLP EP. 35 Change Your Mind–Perspective Shifts to take Your Leadership to the Next Level

There are certain critical moments that we, as leaders, have a chance to change our minds–to think differently in order to lead better. And when we do, the outcomes for those we lead are extraordinary. In this episode, our Founder and CEO Jenni Catron shares some thoughts about some of the perspective shifts she’s made to take her leadership to the next level.

Some Highlights from Jenni’s teaching:

Sometime, we need to think differently to lead better.

“I’m a creature of habit…running the same route day after day. It eliminates extra decisions. But it can be so familiar that I miss the unexpected. So, sometime I’m determined to take the same route with a different perspective. To look up.”

When something stops you in your tracks, it’s as if the moment is saying, “Don’t miss this. Slow down and look up.” When you make a perspective shift, what do you notice?

  • There are perspective shifts critical to our success.

When we shift our perspective and see things in a new way, growth occurs. When growth occurs, it’s impossible to stay stagnant.

Some examples of perspective shifts Jenni notes:

  1. Climbing the leadership ladder was not about me, but those I was leading.
  2. I was ridiculously in charge of my own life and needed to take responsibility for my own growth instead of waiting for someone else to map out my path.
  3. I should quit waiting for someone else to step up and take charge and realize I’m the one who needs to make the hard call and do the right thing.

Jenni often asks leaders: What if you’re frustrated about that because you’re the one whose supposed to do something about it?

We call these: “Think Up” Moments

  • Definition of Insanity = doing the same thing and expecting different results
  • When we challenge our perspective, it leads to breakthrough moments that define our leadership.
  • Study from Barna 82% of young people believe society is in a leadership crisis. 1/3 believe that what it takes to be an effective leader is changing.
  • The leadership landscape is changing.
  • Leaders need to have the emotional intelligence to lead yourself well, to navigate the critical moments of your organization, and have the ability to discern the emotional current of your team and the culture. It’s possible and essential.
  • Can you think up? Can you change your mind?

Perspective Shift #1

Who you’re becoming is more important than what you’re doing.

  • Do the right things at the right time.
  • Identify the foundational elements of who we are as leaders, while identifying the areas we need to adapt and grow and change with our surroundings.
  • What must NOT change? Your core purpose: personal mission, vision and values.
  • Clarity of purpose is essential for longevity.
  • Have you experienced a crisis of purpose moment?
  • Is your leadership foundation set?
  • Defining your personal mission, vision and values is imperative.

Check out Jenni’s book CLOUT: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence for help determining your personal purpose and mission.

  • Clarity on these things will help you know what must not change
  • Are your personal values congruent with your organization’s values?

Consider these 2 questions:

  • Do you have a sense of purpose that can transcend any job, role or title?
  • Do you believe that who you are becoming is more important that what you’re doing?

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If you’d like to take a step toward developing the type of self-awareness we talked about today, we have a great FREE resource that I’d love to get into your hands. Click here for the 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership Assessment.

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