Volume 2, Issue 6 | July 2018
What Does (Your) Leadership Mean To You?

A couple times of year The Monthly Leader will go back to leadership, back to basics, back to the core of what leadership is. All the previous issues are valuable as they outline how each topic plays into the construct of leadership. But, sometimes, it's time to step back from the trees to see the forest and the overall landscape. It's time to go back and assess your overall leadership ability.

What have you taken away from these past issues, which have covered dealing with fear, taking ownership, self-help, development, and management, among other topics? My hope is that you realize the lessons all contribute to a solid foundation for leadership, and that you use all those pieces to round out your ability.
If you've read previous issues, think about how each of the topics contributes to the effectiveness you want to achieve in your everyday life, whether at work or not, leading yourself or others -- whatever it is where you're delivering value. If you're new to The Monthly Leader, welcome to the tribe. What is it you want to achieve for yourself in your leadership? Follow along from this issue on, and go back to previous issues to see what got us here.

The Coach It Out Podcasts this month also bring it back to leadership itself. Quickshots covers the blog post What Kind Of Environment Does Your Leadership Leave In Its Wake? In The Books covers the book The Leader's Mindset: How To Win In The Age of Disruption, and The Self 60 speaks to the item Watch Your Leaders.

Remember, this is YOUR newsletter, so reach out and participate by contributing to any one of the  Coach It Out Podcast series. The lessons and stories in each issue are timeless and will always be applicable, so check out The Last Five Archive at the bottom of the newsletter to reference older issues.

As always, feel free to forward The Monthly Leader to whomever you think would find the material beneficial and helpful. Don't hesitate to shoot me an  email if you need anything or have any ideas, feedback, or recommendations regarding any of the content here.

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John M. Jaramillo
Founder and Leadership Coach
Coach It Out, LLC

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The Coach It Out Blog covers various l eadership lessons and views in global and domestic news, business and workplace operations.

In your journey, do you consider what your legacy will be to those who see (or don't see) the results of your leadership in the environment when you've moved on? Regardless of the scale of your impact, overall, will you have left things better than you found them?
Your Monthly Check-In
Topic: Leadership

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How have you shifted your thinking about leadership by considering the topics in The Monthly Leader issues?

How do you monitor your progress in the various areas that make up leadership?

How do you help others see their own components to and attributes of leadership?
Great Reads for

Leadership Takes Change

The Outside Perspective of A Leadership Coach

Leadership Wasting Money

Coach It Out's podcasts seek to provide insight, share ideas, and start discussions across four different series.

Check out the introductory episodes for the four series  here .

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Episode 12
by Terence Mauri

This book covers the mindset the leader should have before beginning their work in the environment. Yes, leadership is about utilizing all external resources, but this book plays out a step before any action is taken in the environment.

This book supplements leadership by asking a leader to sefl-reflect and understand where their mindset is. It helps someone sharpen their internal tools before executing with their external tools. Through the studies, research, examples, and lists it includes, the book asks the reader to consider all of his or her resources on the path forward to effective leadership. Although it speaks to leading in the age of disruption, competing with everything/one else in our environments, this book should be considered for the tools it can contribute to leadership in general.

The book is recommended to anyone who is interested in sharpening their leadership self-realization and self-understanding and how they can infuse that awareness into their style and effectiveness.
Provides a deeper breakdown of issues, ideas, and concepts covered in the Coach It Out Blog

Episode 16

Leadership is not only about the reputation we hold and the effectiveness we demonstrate today. It's also about what we leave behind in the moment or in our legacy. Be sure to set up whoever you work with for ongoing success.
Provides a deeper breakdown of each of
the items on  The Self 60  list. 

Episode 15

Learning leadership -- the do's and don'ts -- doesn't just come from studying theory, reading books, or listening to lectures. Analyze the leaders in your life and journey, in order to take away the best real-life lessons. You can learn the good, the bad, and the ugly from those around you. Be sure to look for those lessons. They're all around you.
Session Confessions
Trends I See In Coaching In: Listening

This is textbook stuff. No matter what position you're in, whether as an official leader or not, try to listen more than you talk. Listen for courtesy. Listen for business.

Listening for Courtesy : It's just the right thing to do, to show respect. To demonstrate that you realize that it's not all about you. Listening out of respect builds trust. Trust leads to sharing. Sharing leads to development and improvement. You don't concede anything by stepping back to take in what others share.

Listening for Business : It's amazing what companies, divisions, bosses, etc., forfeit by not listening. Aside from the general courtesy, they may be missing out on the next big idea, innovation, or a new way of doing things to make their work better and their mission more attainable.

Just listen. Really listen. Leadership is not about talking or proclaiming what you know. Leadership is more about listening to your people. They're the ones who hold the bulk of the information and resources you will need to get you across the finish line. You should harness their insight, knowledge, and feelings.

Whoever you are, wherever you stand--listen!
Try Something Different

On the most important traits in new hires: “...a willingness to break the rules. I see that as creativity, courage...Generally I'm after people that ask for forgiveness rather than wait for permission.”

People's original ideas should be encouraged to challenge the status quo. Those challenges (not overthrowing) keep others sharp, focused, and ready. Whether you're the leader or not, how does your culture encourage stepping off the page of the usual script? How far can anyone go in your culture to explore beyond the established borders? How much do you experiment, going with something different? How much do you innovate?
End Quote
"...keep in mind: Those who support leaders are just as responsible for the decisions and the outcomes as the leaders are. What a leader does is a reflection of you.”

We each need to decide how closely we relate to and agree with the decisions, opinions, and methods of our leaders. There is guilt by association when it comes to our relationship to the message a leader is sharing. Are there feelings of pride, drive, and motivation or of complicity, shame, and negativity associated with the work we support of our leader?

How do you believe people feel about the message you're a part of? It's important to understand what it is we feel when we hear our leader's message to the public and to our stakeholders. It doesn't have to tie into our beliefs exactly, and it doesn't have to be perfect, but, at the very least, is it something that we can be proud of?
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