I recently tuned into a podcast from Lewis Howes, on Mastering Confidence, Humility, and Leadership with Brad Lomenick. This podcast really helped me to reevaluate how I define leadership.
“Leadership is influence. Just because someone has a title, doesn’t mean that person is a leader.” – John Maxwell
Perhaps, “leadership” really entails lifting others up. Brad Lomenick compared leadership to being a 3 legged leadership chair. There’s 3 essential ingredients: Humility. Hunger. And Hustling.
Humility – It’s possible to be humble and confident at the same time. I think the people who are the best leaders, are humble AND confident at the same time. By having a healthy ambition, realizing you’re good at your craft but there are bigger things going on and the world doesn’t revolve around you. Leaders do this, by bragging about the people around them, making them the story. Athletes and great coaches do this too, they reflect the praise on the team.
Hunger – Hungry, in that you want something. Many times as leaders, we arrive at a certain level and just coast. But being a hungry leader, you realize you haven’t arrived yet; you’re constantly improving your craft.
“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – John Wooden
Hustling – That your willing to work your guts out when the time requires you to do so. By having a standard of excellence, your goal is to be the best in the world. To constantly raise the standard. To create something that’s done well. There’s a balancing act when it comes to this, you shouldn’t expect yourself to hustle ALL THE TIME. You have to be reasonable with your expectations of yourself, or you’ll easily drain yourself.
This podcast just taught me that it’s important to balance these 3 H’s, it’s a dance that takes constant effort. I never want to get caught up in the successes of life, I think it’s important to reflect humility and gratitude on a daily basis.
“Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.” – Brad Lomenick