Practicing Leadership

Posted on: March 7th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

Isn’t it amazing how many things you find the energy to do, when you’re procrastinating doing the thing that really needs your attention?

In the last six weeks I’ve completed laundry list of random tasks, all in an attempt not to write this. It’s not that I don’t want to talk to you. I do. But this series, “Practicing Leadership,” takes me out of my comfort zone. I’m not the expert in being a leader. I worry about saying the wrong thing and about falling short on delivering tidbits, encouragement and inspiration to help you be your rock-star self.

Here’s what I realized – it doesn’t matter how long I procrastinate. I am still who I am. I’m not changing. I’m not going to become a more perfect person. In other words…

There is no better time than right now to start practicing leadership.

I suspect you don’t need/want a lengthy how-to, which is why each month these emails will consist of three items or bullet points. Often there will be a sports tie-in and an action you can take right now to start demonstrating your leadership potential.

This is what leadership looks like

Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz was among the 27 players I interviewed during Spring Training. Nelly is one of the best hitters in all of baseball, but I wouldn’t bother trying to copy his swing.

It’s his gracious and caring personality that makes him one of the most influential people in the Mariners clubhouse and around baseball. Sure, he’s got to have the stats to back up the status, but it doesn’t mean much if his teammates don’t like being around him.

Practicing Leadership

If you want people to talk to you, you’re gonna have to smile and look interested. No one wants to talk to the grouchy person. Smiling makes it easier for people to approach you – and gives you a chance to increase your influence and demonstrate your leadership potential.

And there’s this…

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