Equipping pt.2

In the last chapter of our Extreme Leadership journey, we kicked off the topic of Equipping with a look at Self-Equipping. In part 2 we want to look one of the most powerful equipping tools: our own stories. You’ve probably heard the phrase “facts tell, but stories sell”. Most people think of that in a sales context, but the larger principle is that …

Equipping pt. 1

Even in the earliest days of my career as the owner of a paving company, I had no trouble identifying problems. It doesn’t take a lot of leadership ability to realize that employee engagement and attitudes–positive or negative–have a major impact on a company’s success. I even had the slogan, “attitude is everything” on my business cards. Unfortunately for me–and for …

Influence pt. 4

In our series on Extreme Leadership, this is the last installment on the topic of Influence. We’ve looked at empathetic problem-solving, body-language and positive energy. Now we want to turn our attention to perhaps the most powerful influencing behavior of all: encouraging others. You may think I’ve gone totally “puppies & rainbows” with this one but trust me, the human need for …

Influence pt. 3

This week we continue our look at Influence and its role in Extreme Leadership. Before we go any further though, I think it’s important to revisit the definition of Extreme Leadership: Extreme Leadership: Selfless, courageous influence that inspires lasting greatness in others. I want to draw your attention to the specific type of influence that inspires the lasting greatness–it is selfless, and it is courageous. That …

Influence pt.2

Last week we were introduced to the topic of Influence as an attribute of Extreme Leadership. I promised that we would later get into some specifics on ways to improve on our methods of positively influencing others. This week we will do that by looking at an often under-appreciated method of influence: body language.  Body language makes up a significant portion of …

Influence pt.1

Have you ever had someone fail–or refuse–to do something that you had asked of them? Of course. We’ve all experienced that disappointment. The issue in those occurrences was a lack of influence. Influence is the second attribute of Extreme Leadership. Influence is simply: The capacity to have an effect on the character or behavior of someone.  We talked earlier in the series about William Wallace being an …

Self-Leadership pt.3

I have welded a good bit in my life. As you probably know, welding uses heat to fuse two pieces of metal together. In a good weld, the resulting joint will usually be even stronger than the original metal. But if dirt, rust or other trash gets trapped in the weld joint it will be weak and could break. Ok. …

Self-Leadership pt.2

So far in this blog series we have established that selfless, courageous leadership that inspires lasting change in others starts with self-leadership. Now we want to bring it even further home. Self-leadership requires prioritizing and problem-solving in the relationships closest to us: with our spouse, our children, family and close friends. It seems to be particularly true of high speed business …

Self-Leadership pt.1

In our last post, we looked at the ever-growing difficulty within the construction industry of acquiring and retaining skilled workers. I suggested that the solution was in developing better leadership, specifically Extreme Leadership. Now we want to look a little closer at the first of the three primary components of extreme leadership–Self-Leadership. Extreme leadership starts with self-leadership. A leader who …

Extreme Leadership

William Wallace (as depicted in the movie Braveheart) was an extreme leader. I don’t think anyone would dispute that. But what might surprise you is why I call him an extreme leader. Hint: it has nothing to do with face paint, kilts or screaming. It has everything to do with selflessness, courage and influence. Ok, but what does that have …