Episode 22: No Great Leader Is An Island

“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” Chris Hadfield, astronaut and former Commander of the International Space Station


1. Great Leaders Promote the Dream

“All successful people - men and women - are big dreamers.” - Brian Tracy 

QUESTION: Do you understand your own goals and dreams? Have you written them down? 

 It is important to keep the short-term goals and long-term goals in perspective.

You can be a good leader without being a dreamer. However, if you want to be a great leader, you have to be a dreamer. 


Become a storyteller:

What is your compelling purpose that you need others to know and understand?


2. Great Leaders Promote the Team

Leaders are only as good as the people on their team. 

If you want to be a good leader, and eventually a great leader, you have to shift your focus to not just the team, but “effective teamwork.” 

Focusing on this kind of teamwork fosters two things:

  • Higher productivity
  • Loyalty among people on your team

Teams that work well together will always produce better work and results.


QUESTION: Do you communicate collaboration among your team?

Communication is a key component, and a top priority, of a leader who was building a strong team.

You must foster and promote a “sixth sense” among your team members.

Teams that work well together develop a strong sense of accountability.


QUESTION: Do the people on your team understand what they are supposed to be contributing to the rest of the team?


MO’s Final Thoughts:

You have to focus on both the dream and the team.


Question: Which one are you needing to work on more?

Action: Write it down. Journal. Make the change today.

Amazon Book Links:

Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink https://amzn.to/3cTm2RY


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