Episode 27: Leaders Are There When You Need Them

All of us have to answer to somebody. 

“When you own your own business you trade in your boss for a thousand bosses.” Meaning, you are now responsible to anyone who purchases your product or services.

It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you lie within the chain of the company, you are going to be called upon to lead some time in your career.

QUESTION: Are you going to be ready to lead when the time comes? 

“Roving Leader” can be defined as one who “responds swiftly and effectively” in times of uncertainty or trouble. - Leadership is an Art, Max DePree

When it comes time to make a difference, anybody can do that.


1. Roving Leaders Are There When You Need Them

“The Brady Six” documentary - even though Tom Brady started as lowest man on the totem pole in the depth chart, he practiced as if he was the starting quarterback. He was going to be ready when he got his chance. 

One of my favorite books, in fact it is in the top five on my top 50 book list, is a book called, The Magic of Thinking Big: Chapter 2 - “Excusitis” - For every excuse you have, you can and should turn it around and look at it as a reason. 

Reasons and excuses get the same results.

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Benjamin Franklin

You are never going to know exactly what you are called on to do. If you are in the mindframe that you are ready to take action, you will be just fine.


2. Roving Leaders Practice Interdependence

Leadership interdependence is, leadership that is not handled carelessly; that which is shared, but never given away. 

If you truly want to be a person of influence and a leader that others look up to, resolve today that you are never going to put the blame on somebody else.  Period. 

The responsibility falls on you.

Roving leadership demands discipline.  Discipline is what it takes to get the job done. 

QUESTION: What does discipline look like in your sphere of influence? 

“The shortcut to the process is the process.” Coach Nick Saban 

If you are the person on the team who chooses to have the hard conversation about discipline, people will start to rally behind you. Just you watch.




What it comes down to is the condition of your attitude, and the level of competence that you have. These two things together will shape the experience that both you and the people at your company have when it comes to your leadership. When you choose to get rid of excuses and couple that with living in the sweet spot of discipline, this will make you more apt to being an effective roving leader. 


Amazon Book Links:

Leadership is an Art, Max DePree - https://amzn.to/3rlcGT8

Magic of Thinking Big, David Schwartz - https://amzn.to/3aF5Dhj


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