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.
Oftentimes, we equate talent to what makes someone successful, leadership included.
Front-Line Manager Samantha was frustrated. She believed she was doing a good job as a leader but just in the last year, forty percent of her direct reports had voluntarily left the company and she seemingly had less and less high performers. Samantha had exhausted all ideas and was at a loss as a leader.
Like countless other people, I longed for deeper meaning and more fulfillment in my work. No longer was my current sales role enough. I knew in my heart helping other people create better versions of themselves, is what I wanted to do. I decided to do everything in my power to excel in my current role in order to stand out as a potential company leader. Luckily it worked, and my path to organizational leadership was born.
It didn’t take long to realize that morale was at 3 on a 1-10 scale. The team had been beat up by poor business performance, selfish leadership, and unrealistic expectations. My first reaction was to jump right in and try to start solving problems, but I knew from my mentors that solving problems was only part of the equation. What everyone needed was hope and confidence about the future.
It has been present as long as I can remember. As a 5-year-old playing sports, a 13-year-old running for class president, an 18-year-old deciding on colleges, a 23-year-old playing professional golf, a 28-year-old getting married, and now, as a 33-year-old leading a family and a company… “it” is always something I have battled. Until recently (thanks Ryan Holiday), I didn’t know how or even why I needed to overcome “it”. By “it” I’m referring to the enemy that lives inside of all of us all - ego.