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.
When I was in college I wanted to be a professional golfer. I had the college golf experience and the prior success to support making the leap after school. I gave it a shot and I quickly realized what I didn’t have. A good understanding of what it really took to not just be a good professional golfer, but a great one. My story isn’t unique, there are millions of people that had dreams of having a famous profession; astronaut, professional athlete, entrepreneur, author, youtuber, or politician. What's interesting is rarely do people just dream of being a great leader, but once they settle into a different career that wasn't their dream job, this dream of being a leader springs to life. The thought of moving into a management role, having employees report to them, increasing their corporate responsibility, going on corporate trips and receiving a pay increase are attractive. We call it the PEG Factor.
As I stood up to shake his hand, it hit me like ton of bricks. This man had come into my life for a purpose. His overwhelming love and support for my development as a professional was on display in every interaction we ever had both in good times and in bad. I felt my lip begin to quiver, the water build up in my eyes and as I took a deep breath I extended my hand and said, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you will never know how big of an impact you have had on my life.” As I turned to walk out the door he said, “John, thank you, but all I have ever tried to do is be what I didn't get from my leaders as a young professional.” As I walked out of that office for the last time, what he didn’t know or hadn’t even thought of, is how much of a blessing he was on my life.
“I want every decision big or small to be run by me. I will have the final say, end of story,” said Roger the CEO of a medium-sized professional service company, “This period of time is so important to the company and there is so much on the line we can't afford to make a mistake.”
One of the most impressive things about all great leaders is their obsession with learning new things about leadership in order improve their team. Luckily, some of the best leaders have left behind a few of their brightest lessons to help pass their wisdom forward.
Imagine being physically and mentally disturbed by the thought of walking into work. This is the reality for too many employees, and it primarily stems from the incapable leaders they work under every day. These leaders treat others poorly, placing far too much emphasis on their own well-being. Their lethargic attitude about their role is directly and detrimentally linked to the growth potential of their team.