Leadership quotes from Brad Lomenick’s H3 Leadership.
Who am I? (Humble)
Where do I want to go? (Hungry)
How will I get there? (Hustle)
These are the three areas Brad explores in his new book H3 Leadership – Humble, Hungry, Hustle. H3 contains a lot of great leadership wisdom culled from Brad’s decade as president of Catalyst (an influential organization that provides leadership training for young adults).
Here are some of the top tips from H3 Leadership:
#10. The best ideas come out of the kiln of disagreement and discernment.
#9. One of the most difficult lessons for leaders to learn is how to let go.
#8. You can’t expect to pass on what you don’t have. Your team will mirror you. If there something you don’t like, you probably created it.
#7. Leaders are readers.
#6. You don’t always get to do what you love; sometimes you have to force yourself to love what you do.
#5. The best way to shore up your legacy is to effectively hand it off to your successors.
#4. It doesn’t matter how much of a race you run if you don’t cross the finish line. Similarly, unfinished projects might as well never of been started.
#3. The quality of work we do is not just about bragging rights. It’s about stewardship.
#2. Leaders who don’t communicate their vision are no better off than leaders who have no vision to communicate.
#1. People would rather follow a leader who is always real versus a leader who is always right.
BONUS LEADERSHIP QUOTES FROM H3
Leadership is more than hard work; it is habitual work.
When you rise in the morning, nearly half of your day will be determined by the patterns and we created for passively allowed.
The path to being a better leader is paved with the asphalt of habits.
The patterns we cultivate shape the person we become.
Life is about decisions. If you want to change, make a decision.
Your sense of identity will help determine your scale of influence. Ignore it at your own.
Self discovery is not a practice you complete, but a posture you cultivate.
Lone Ranger leaders are destined for trouble. Even the actual cowboy character had Tonto.
Relational depth often emerges from intentional dialogue.
The organization’s mission should always be more important than the individual’s personal ambition.
The best leaders protect and treasure their reputations, their consciences, and their values.
Lack of character is a fast acting venom for which there is often no antidote. Safeguard with deep convictions.
Many leaders assume they know what their most closely held convictions are, a false assumption that keeps them from naming them.
Faith is less like your arm and more like your heart. It is not supplementary to who we are but integral.
The more one succeeds, the busier one gets. And the busier one gets, the harder it is to nurture spiritual vitality.
Developing a healthy habitat of ambition is one of the most important tasks of every leader.
As a leader’s career surges, his or her curiosity often sinks.
If you’re not learning, you’re not leading to your full potential.
The key to innovation is intentionality.
Innovation in part has nothing to do with you; rather, it is determined by those you have around you.
Creativity can be exhausting because it is not an act, but a process.
If you’re not investing in innovation, then it is not a priority.
People need to be motivated, and casting a vision that propels them forward is one of the first and central tasks of a leader.
When a vision statement is flexible it will be liberating instead of limiting.
Sometimes the best way to cure fear is to stare it squarely in the face.
Those who’ve failed much don’t fear failure like those who’ve only tasted success.
Unbending discipline is often lead to self-loathing, but flexible discipline will lead to self control.
Many leaders procrastinate before beginning, stall out once they’ve started, or give up before they are finished. (Execute.)
Some of us need to put down the megaphone and just grab a shovel. Little less talk, and a lot more action.
You’ll often realize that an idea should be killed while you’re still attempting to execute. When this becomes clear, murder it and move on.
When you prioritize your team, your team will prioritize you.
If you combine a positive work environment with regular delightful experiences, you’ll take a giant step towards raising up a dream team.
Think about the most revolutionary items you interact with any given day. Chances are, everything at the top of your list was the product of partnerships.
The more margin in your life, the more room you have to let your rhythms run.
If you don’t control your cadence, your cadence will control you.
Generosity is more than how one spends money; it’s a holistic posture that should animate everything a leader does.
Most of your team wants to work for and with a serial giver rather than a serial taker.
You have no chance of being a generous leader if you’re in insulated leader.
Practice bringing calm to chaos, clarity to the unknown, and confidence to uncertain circumstances.
I appreciate Brad’s smarts and heart to grow young leaders. He is the reason I wholeheartedly recommend Catalyst as one of my favorite resources. H3 Leadership is a great way to absorb a lot of Catalyst wisdom in pithy and highly-readable book.
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