In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper talk with Jon Gordon, well known speaker, author, and consultant. Jon has authored several books including The Energy Bus and The Carpenter. He has also consulted with many professional sports teams and Fortune 500 companies. They have a great conversation about the importance of positivity and for leaders and what it takes to be a realistic optimist.
“I learn the most about leadership trying to raise two teenagers.”
“While I’m writing and while I’m teaching on leadership I am learning.”
“Grit is the number one factor of success.”
“Where are we going and why are we going there?”
“I’m not a big believer in goals. I’m a big believer in vision.”
“God doesn’t give us a set of plans; he give us a North Star.”
“Pessimism, fear, and negativity hold us back from greatness. Belief pushes us forward.”
“A leader is a dealer in hope.”
“Your commitments must be greater than your goals.”
“I think the biggest challenge that every leader and every organization faces is negativity.”
“As Christians we should be the most positive people on the planet.”
“We don’t want to be vulnerable to so we go too far the other way and are closed off.”
“You’re going to bring your issues at home work and your issues at work to home.”
“Don’t search for balance. Search for rhythm.”
“Leadership is about loving, serving, and caring.”
“Showing people you care is how you stand out as a leader.”
“Don’t focus on building your business. Focus on loving, serving, and caring and your business will grow.”
“The temptation is ‘how do I make myself big” in stead of ‘how do I make other people big’?”
All The Places to Go by John Ortberg
Grit by Angela Duckworth
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