Who Do You Want To Impress?

Are you writing to impress someone? Who?

Transformational Leaders Write

Are you writing a blog, a book, or articles? Why are you writing? To whom are you writing?

I am writing all of the above. I write for my own awareness. I gain clarity as I express ideas. I write for leaders with a vision that will make our world a better place to live. I don’t write to sell myself or my programs. I write to provide value to others, sharing the enlightenment I have gained in my journey over the past 66 years. I share what I have learned from my own mistakes and failures.

In this writing, it’s important to not show up as an expert, but as a serious student of leadership. Gaining all the information and awareness of leadership skills and systems is like trying to find the end of the Internet. The envelope of leadership development is a constantly expanding space. Living into that space is the calling of great leaders. There is a substantial difference in being driven and being called.

I’ve spent time with several great leaders and conductors over the past 66 years, and found that they have several things in common:

  • They were among the best in the world in their field…
  • They were aware of how much they didn’t know…
  • They were committed to continual personal growth…
  • They listened to ideas from others…
  • They could make decisions and commit to those decisions…
  • They were precise and did not waffle…
  • They valued relationships…
  • They were very clear on their guiding principles, values, and vision…

I learned important things from each of them.

Writing is a discipline. I write on the blog weekly – sometimes several times a week, and sometimes daily. I don’t launch a blog post unless I think the post has value, and unless I believe every word in that post.

Influencing others is first influencing yourself. Transforming an organization and a team means transforming yourself first.

Being a great writer is not the point. Clarity is.

Impress yourself.

 

Hugh Ballou

The Transformational Leadership Strategist

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