Hi, my name is Jay. I’m a pretty average looking, pasty white, middle-aged guy. Almost. There’s one thing that’s unusual about me. I have a passion for making great leaders. How did it get there? Great leaders before me put it there. They were leaders who thought of me as not just a statistic, but an immortal soul with eternal value. They wanted more from me than to just do their bidding. They wanted to make me a great leader. And they challenged me to make more great leaders.
They saw their time with me as an investment in the future. They stopped what they were doing, pushed away from their desks, and really listened when I needed them to. They cared more about who I was becoming than what I was producing. They challenged me not to just be successful, but to be great. And that’s what made them great. Maybe you’ve had great leaders like that too.
This is a blog dedicated to greatness. It’s in memory of great leaders before us, and it’s a commitment and investment in today’s leaders and tomorrow’s.
Every three minutes, I see a new article in my Twitter feed about how to be more successful. It’s overwhelming! A lot of it has helped me become more effective in getting things done, and I’d recommend learning some of those tools. But I want to have a different conversation. I want to make a distinction between successful leaders and GREAT leaders, and I want to have that conversation with people who care about those they lead.
And I want to challenge you to do one more thing with me. I strongly believe that the number one job of a great leader is to make more great leaders. I don’t want to just equip you to be a great leader. I want to equip you to equip others to be great leaders as well. So, while I’m investing in your greatness, I want you to simultaneously invest in someone else’s greatness. Because ultimately THAT’S what will make you a truly great leader.
Here’s how it works:
First, think of someone you want to invest in with the hope that you’ll both grow as great leaders together. Maybe it’s one person you’re doing life with. Or maybe it’s a team that you lead. Invite them to join you in a conversation about great leadership.
Second, forward this newsletter to them and ask them to subscribe to it so that they’re getting it as well.
Third, whenever you get a new newsletter, schedule time to discuss it together. And ask two questions of each other: “What did you learn,” and “What are you going to do about it?”
And lastly, challenge them to make the same investment in someone else. Next thing you know, you’ll be infecting your world with great leaders. And don’t we know our world needs them!
OK, go for it! This is going to be amazing! One more thing just for fun: Write me a quick note firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me how this first step went. Who are you going to invest in? Who are they going to invest in?