John is the CEO of LearnLoft, author of, F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader and host of the 'Follow My Lead' Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more. John completed his education at the University of Maryland College.
There are thousands of definitions of leadership. After studying the field for years and interviewing thousands of great leaders, I define it this way: Someone whose actions inspire, empower, and serve in order to elevate others over an extended period of time.
We all look for signs that give us an indication that we're doing the right things. Children look to their parents for praise when they've done something well. Students anxiously await final grades to see if the work they put in added up. However, when it comes to leadership and knowing exactly how you are doing in the workplace, the signs tend to be less noticeable.
It was 1 AM and I had been staring at my computer screen for the last four hours. I read the words over and over again. I changed a word here and there, and added a smattering of commas and periods. The truth was, I was stalling. I was about to publish my very first blog, taking another step towards building my personal brand as a professional golfer. Finally, I took a deep breath, told myself it was good enough and clicked publish.
One of your direct reports disregards a rule. What do you do?