May 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

May 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival. The theme for this month’s carnival is Leading Yourself.

When asked his greatest leadership challenge, renowned leadership expert John Maxwell is reported to have said, “Leading me!” He went on to say, “If I could kick the person responsible for my problems, I wouldn’t be able to sit down for a week!”

None of this month’s 20 contributors were sitting down on the job when it came to sharing their ideas! We asked for recent posts that offer wisdom to people who need support in leading themselves and encouragement to “walk their talk” as leaders.

I am encouraged by what I read here. I think you will be too!

Let’s Get Started

Anne Perschel of German Consulting shared How to Define Your Company Purpose. Anne writes: “Purpose speaks to what you aspire to contribute, as the leader and/or founder, and how you want to affect the world around you. It’s something about which you care deeply. To clarify your purpose, try either, or both, of these two methods.” Find Anne on Twitter at @bizshrink.

Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks shared Leading Yourself With Getting Things Done. In 2015, David Allen published a new edition of his classic Getting Things Done book. In this post, Bruce discusses how the book is an excellent tool to lead ourselves to greater results. Follow Bruce on Twitter at @PMPhacks.

Dan McCarthy, a management expert at About.com Management & Leadership, asks: Should I Become a Manager?. Dan notes: “The decision to become a leader is an important one and should not be taken lightly. It’s important to do some self-reflection, and examine your values and true motivations.” Find Dan on Twitter at @greatleadership.

Jeff Harmon of Brilliance Within Coaching contributed Leader, Lead Thyself. Jeff writes: “Before you have any hope to lead someone else, you must first lead yourself. And of everyone you lead, you are the person who will need the most attention and care if you intend to serve your people in a way that brings them to new levels of engagement, fulfillment and performance while also delivering outstanding results.” Follow Jeff on Twitter at @jeffdharmon74.

Jennifer McClure of Unbridled Talent offered 5 Goals Every New Manager Should Set for Themselves. Jennifer shares: “Both new and experienced leaders need to take intentional and specific steps to develop themselves as leaders and continue to grow their careers. These 5 actions are critical to ensuring a well-rounded focus on personal, professional and team development.” Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @JenniferMcClure.

Jesse Lyn Stoner of the Seapoint Center provided 3 Powerful Questions to Start and End Your Day. Jesse notes: “Your questions determine the quality of your answers. They also determine the quality of your day. Here are 3 powerful questions to start and end each day, and guidelines for creating your own.” Follow Jesse on Twitter at @JesseLynStoner.

Jim Taggart of Changing Winds asks What Is Your Mission? Jim talks about the importance of discovering and focusing on one’s personal mission, using his own learning journey of almost 40 years as an example. He says: “Each of us needs to have a sense of purpose and contribution to our lives. It connects to leadership. Without contribution and purpose, we risk travelling through our short lifetimes as hitchhikers on a gorgeous Earth.” Find Jim on Twitter at @72keys.

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog suggests Take a Vacation From Work! Benefits Include Health and Productivity. Joel shares the story of Rob, who hasn’t taken a real vacation in more than three years. Rob is overwhelmed with desk piles, overload emails, and nonstop phone conversations, and his world seems to be spinning out of control. He needs these 4 tips about the value of time off and how this is an important part of work life. Find Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfunkle.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference sent The Self-Leadership Golden Rule and Law. Jon writes: “Self-leadership requires a different perspective. Self-leadership requires a unique golden rule and law to empower ourselves and inspire others.” Follow Jon on Twitter @ThinDifference.

Lisa Kohn of The Thoughtful Leaders Blog asks the pivotal question, What really matters in this moment? Lisa believes that “a key element of leading yourself is being able to, at times, step away from the push to do things NOW and make time for things that you enjoy. This allows you to return to your tasks at hand and be even more productive and effective.” Find Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.

Mark Deterding of Triune Leadership Services encourages you to explore Intentional Living. Mark comments: “Many of us have had an experience, wake-up call, or pivotal moment when we were compelled to evaluate how well we’ve lived the one life we’ve been given. God’s Word provides solid insights on our purpose in life, and where our focus should be. As a servant leader, what are your main priorities as you live the life you have been blessed with?” Follow Mark on Twitter at @mwdeterding.

Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting reminds us that Leaders Start with Gratitude. Mary writes: “You can’t make members of your team or those you lead establish an attitude of gratitude, but you can do it yourself. Just like any good behavior, if we do it often enough to make it a habit, it ends up rubbing off on others. And when you establish this personal leadership habit, I’d venture to guess others around you will start doing it too.” Follow her on Twitter at @maryilaward.

Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire-CS shared How to Be A Successful Leader. She says: “Real success isn’t defined for you by the external world. Spend some time reflecting on what success means to you.” Follow Mary Jo on Twitter at @mjasmus.

Michael Lee Stallard of Connection Culture contributed 3 Surprising Ways to Succeed in Self-Leadership. Michael writes: “It’s ironic that successful self-leadership has more to do with others and less to do with self. These three lessons will help you be more successful over your career and journey in life.” Follow Michael on Twitter at @MichaelStallard.

Miki Saxon of Mapping Company Success wrote about Internal LeadershipMiki believes that true leadership is internal. She comments: “Leading yourself means knowing both what you’ve done and, more importantly, why you did it.” Follow Miki on Twitter @OptionSanity.

Neal Burgis of Successful Solutions wrote about Empowering Employees to Create Business Breakthroughs. Neal shares: “By leaders empowering their employees to generate ideas, create those ideas and produce the ideas into breakthrough results, leaders are able to give specific authority and decision making to their employees. This in-turn helps to engage employees to create and produce their best work.” Find Neal on Twitter at @Exec_Solutions.

Paul LaRue of UPwards Leader shared Leading When The “A” Game Ain’t There. Paul writes: “While leaders are looked at to set the pace and tone, they are human and have off days as well. How a leader works through those slumps and maintains their effectiveness is crucial to their influence. Some strategies to overcome those off days are listed within.” Find Paul on Twitter at @paul_larue.

Randy Conley of Leading With Trust submitted 4 Ways to Limit Leadership OCD (No, not that OCD). Leadership OCD – Obsessive Comparison Disorder — can derail a leader’s impact, stifle their personal growth, and lead to a state of perpetual dissatisfaction. Randy Conley shares four simple ways you can limit the impact of Leadership OCD and perform at your best. Follow Randy on Twitter at @randyconley.

S. Chris Edmonds of Driving Results Through Culture contributed The Purpose of Leadership. Chris asks: “Do you see leadership as primarily a means of getting stuff done, or is leadership more than that?” He then presents a template for leaders to complete that may help focus their influencing efforts on serving others to a greater end. Follow Chris on Twitter @scedmonds.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership shared Leading Yourself: A Baker’s Dozen of Things to MasterWally writes: “You can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself. Here is a baker’s dozen of things to things to master if you want to lead yourself well and get on the road to becoming the best leader you can be.” Follow Wally on Twitter at @wallybock.

Until Next Time

We appreciate everyone who submitted posts for this month’s carnival. We encourage you to follow our fantastic contributors and consider contributing yourself. Submissions should be forwarded to Paula Kiger at paula@weavinginfluence.com.


What’s the best post you have read about leadership recently? Please share in the comments!


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Paula Kiger   |   04 May 2015   |   Reply

I know this is a little afield of a straight leadership post, but it’s the most interesting piece I have read today (and many other things that would qualify were written by people who already participate in the carnival!). Houses of worship are definitely a laboratory for leadership, good and bad — this one focuses on trying to be “cool” to attract millennials (and why that may backfire). http://wapo.st/1bj0Y3F

Susan Mazza   |   05 May 2015   |   Reply

Very interesting article Paula. They make a point about what people are really looking for in a place of worship is a “sanctuary” not an “auditorium”. If I were to relate that to the Leadership Carnival Theme of leading yourself I would say that to lead yourself you must first be clear about your core purpose and live true to it or you risk getting caught in the drift of what’s hot now vs. what enduringly matters. Thanks for sharing!

Bruce Harpham   |   04 May 2015   |   Reply

Susan, thanks for hosting the Carnival and including my post on leading yourself with Getting Things Done.

Susan Mazza   |   05 May 2015   |   Reply

Thanks for your contribution Bruce! I really resonated with this point from your article: Keeps you humble by recognizing the limits of your memory”. If the shoe fits…

I used an app that is based on the GTD methodology called Omnifocus and love it!

Kneale Mann   |   05 May 2015   |   Reply

Hey Susan, another outstanding post. I think we all get caught up in finding excuses or blaming circumstances and forgetting we are in control of our own lives. Your timing is impeccable. Thank-you! km