Chapter 1: Leading Others & Influence – The Simple Truth
The following is an excerpt from Joe’s newest book, Extraordinary Results: Mastering the Art of Leading, Coaching & Influencing Others -Available April 2018
People have been studying, analyzing, and attempting to define what characteristics and attributes make a great leader for thousands of years. Every few years or so a new leadership theory hits the training and personal development world and a new fad is born. Each fad promises success, whether it be 10 Ways To Communicate Better or 5 Ways To Be More Effective.
The bottom line is that there are a lot of folks trying to grab your attention and they all have the best intention to help you be a better leader, salesperson, manager, husband, or wife. That is just the way the self-improvement industry works.
The hope is you will find what you need to grow in one of these books, and yet the expectation seems to be that they each hold the silver bullet that will cure all of your problems. The simple truth is that there is no silver bullet, book, or single training event that will cure your dis-ease or your issues. Chances are, if you are struggling with an issue, you always will. You can work on it and improve in that area, but it rarely ever goes away completely.
For example, if you don’t like conflict you probably never will. You can acquire skills and a mindset that may change how you face conflict that will make you more effective, but you will never like it! That’s okay, you don’t have to like conflict to be a great leader, you just need to effectively manage through it.
This book is rooted in simple truths, simple ideas, and simple actions you can take to increase your ability to influence others more impactfully. Just remember simple isn’t always easy, and easy isn’t always simple. Things will be hard until they are not. In other words, when you decide that something isn’t hard, it won’t be, it will just be something you do.