Why You’re Never Done Growing as a Leader: My Conversation with Henry Cloud and Patrick Lencioni
You’re never done as a leader. It’s not as if you reach the peak of your career and suddenly have it all figured out. No one ever does. You’re always growing because you’re always learning, so don’t let pride and selfishness get in your way. It takes humility, hunger, and self-awareness to keep the inertia it takes to reach the next level of your leadership capacity.
Takeaways from this Episode
1. It’s ok to repeat things. Someone can hear what you say a thousand times, and until they’ve internalized it, your point may not always be made.
2. Seek feedback. When someone gives you constructive criticism, don’t be quick to discredit it. Say thank you and reflect. Feedback is a gift. Leaders want to get to the next level, but it only happens when we open up ourselves and take in knowledge from outside of ourselves.
3. Practice humility. Recent generations have gone into leadership expecting to get something out of it, and that’s not what it’s about. Humble yourself to wisdom and knowledge from those on the outside looking in.
Quotes from Patrick
I’ll take humility, and discipline and persistence over pride and intellectual capacity and complexity every day.
To be humble means to recognize what’s true. You’re not God. Humble yourself to wisdom and knowledge outside of yourself. Most people don’t go into leadership out of service and humility. The most important noun is humility.
The most important verb is love.
Links Mentioned in this Episode
Built To Last: Successful Habits Of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras
The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
Cheryl A. Bachelder, CEO of Popeye’s Fried Chicken
Patrick Lencioni is the founder of The Table Group and the author of 10 books which have sold nearly 5 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. The Wall Street Journal called him "one of the most in demand speakers in America." He has addressed millions of people at conferences and events around the world over the past 15 years. Pat has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc., Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.
Dr. Henry Cloud is a New York Times bestselling author, and his books have sold over 10 million copies. His leadership book, Integrity, was dubbed by the New York Times as “the best book in the bunch.” In 2011, Necessary Endings was called “the most important book you read all year.” His book “Boundaries For Leaders” was named by CEO Reads in the top five leadership books of its year. Dr. Cloud’s work has been featured and reviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Publisher’s Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Success Magazine named Dr. Cloud in the top 25 of 2014’s most influential leaders in personal growth and development. He is a frequent contributor to CNN, Fox News Channel, and other national media outlets.