Leadership Wisdom from My Readers (Pt. 4)

Leadership Wisdom

This series is about sharing the knowledge, thoughts, and wisdom of those who comment on my blog. I’d recommend checking out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Below is more leadership wisdom from my readers, enjoy:

Mary Stephenson

“Being creative makes you feel alive. It is so easy to get stuck with doing the same thing day after day just like a robot. So many jobs are like that and give you very little opportunity to be creative.”

“I am finding that “Ted Talks” Videos are a wonderful source for discovery. Not sure how I got on to their email list, but I never know what the subject is going to be about. I have been studying educational psychology lately and I happen to get to watch some videos that were right up there on topic. Stretching the mind gives us an edge up on living to the fullest.”

“I like to be creative in so many different areas. There was a number of years that the desire to create was stifled due to the job I was tied to. No longer have to deal with that anymore and I realize I am not who they ever thought I was.”

Kimanzi Constable who blogs at KimanziConstable.com

“Too many times we get inspired by great leaders and want to copy them. It’s great to learn from them, use their methods but the implementation has to be all us, that’s what makes it creative.”

“That’s the best way to truly lead, stepping out of your comfort zone. You’ll never know truly amazing opportunities that await you!”

“A lot of times we just have too much going on, stepping back and focusing really does give us clarity.”

Kari Scare who blogs at Struggle to Victory

“The plan itself really is nothing but the planning is everything. Rarely do plans go as planned. But, just the act of planning makes a tremendous difference whether it’s for a family vacation or a life plan. This clicked with me, and I think I will try my hand at creating plans again. I had pretty much given up in many areas out of frustration of me not following them. But I think realizing that it’s the planning that does the work in and for us makes a tremendous difference in how to approach making a plan.”

“One stopper that comes to mind is thinking you don’t have time to be teachable & grow. You’ve turned off hearing anything new because you think you don’t have time to process and deal with it. Unfortunately, this mindset means you’re already starting to decrease as a leader. A leader can remain teachable by making time to be teachable. Build it into daily habits. Make it a mindset.”

“I maintain balance in life by seeking wisdom, first from God Himself and secondly from Godly people. I try to always remember that balance is relative, so I should not compare balance in my life to balance in anther’s life. Get ideas, yes, but refuse to evaluate myself based on comparisons. I also regularly evaluate balance and make necessary adjustments as the seasons of my life come and go. I have been WAY out of balance before, and I hope by the grace of God to never return there again.”

Question: Which comment resonated with you the most?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Mary’s comments on creativity struck a chord with me. “Being creative makes you feel alive. It is so easy to get stuck with doing the same thing day after day just like a robot. So many jobs are like that and give you very little opportunity to be creative.” I know this, but I fail to practice it. I get into a routine (rut?) and fail to exercise my creativity. When I get back to being creative regularly, I definitely feel alive. Thanks for the reminder!
    Also, Kimanzi’s comment about leading by getting out of your comfort zone is a reminder of a different sort. While Mary’s comment reminded me of something I’ve done and needed to remember to get back to, Kimanzi’s comment reminds me of what I have not done and need to be willing to do. And really, the two are tied together by the idea of comfort. I get comfortable and in a rut and forget to be creative. I also get comfortable and struggle to go to that uncomfortable place outside the zone. When I do, and it’s not nearly often enough, I get more creative, feel more alive, and realize that I am truly fulfilling my purpose in life.
    Great reminders & refocuses items for me today!

    • Great takeaways Kari! It’s amazing what we can learn or be reminded of in the comment section, thank you for sharing:)

  • Floyd

    Good quotes, all of them. I think being creative does take time and we all naturally tend to emulate in the beginning. It’s a fine line to be sure. A concept all unto itself.

    • Thank you for reading them:) Great thoughts.

  • Great quotes… Probably Kimanzi’s we must always push beyond the comfortable.

    • It’s great advice! Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Loved them all! It’s always fun to get different people’s perspectives. Thanks, Dan!

    • Me too:) So many great thoughts in the comments. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  • Thanks for including me Dan, these were all fabulous. I learn so much here!

    • Glad to share your wisdom here. Thank you for reading and always adding to the discussion.

  • Great points, love hearing what works for others. My husband says I am always creative because we have always lived outside our comfort zone. When you live in a country without a Walmart you learn to use what you have got and God has given me so many good ideals to help that feel like home. I think Kari’s hit home for me. Comparing kills creativity. Learning to order my day with flexibility has been the most useful tool I have taken with me everywhere. Now I need to go back and read the other post on this subject, this is good stuff.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed these comments. Creativity is so essential when it comes to life and leadership. Thank you for adding to the topic of creativity, love your thoughts.

  • I love Kari’s advice to seek wisdom from God and then from Godly people. Too often I just try to figure things out on my own, I need to learn to seek wisdom from the source and from those who have more of it than me!

    • Her advice is golden! God has all the right answers and He is waiting for us to ask and seek His guidance. Thank you for reading and adding to the discussion.

  • How can I choose just one Dan. All of these are so great and valuable nuggets. Kimanzi always warns us about following others leaders and mimicking them instead of being our true selves.

    • I know right:) Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • I think Kari’s thoughts on planning were what most stuck with me. I’m a proponent of planning for the same reasons as her. It’s not that my plan will actually happen. But the act of planning forces me to think critically so that I’m better able to adapt in the moment.

    • I loved her thoughts! Thank you for adding to the discussion, it’s great to hear from you:)