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The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John C. Maxwell, with Erik J. Olson


Episode #1380

Erik is constantly eager to learn more about leadership, management, and business. Erik shares the qualities of a leader from John Maxwell’s book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader in this episode.

December 5, 2022

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Episode Transcript

Erik J. Olson (00:01):
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John Maxwell. Hey, what’s happening? This is Erik J. Olson. Well, was 75 hard and the follow on live hard? I know I’ve been talking about it a lot, but one of the things that’s required is reading 10 pages of a book a day, and the book has to be some sort of a self-help or business related book. And I tend to gravitate towards business books anyways. So I’m always interested in learning more about leadership, management and business. And I picked up John Maxwell’s 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. It’s a pretty fast read. It’s small. So if you’re looking at the video, it’s, it’s really small. It’s probably about maybe six by nine, something like that. And each chapter is maybe four or five pages long, so you can get through it really quick. So I did like it a lot.
(01:07):
And it’s one of these books where you probably wanna read it over and over and over again. So I’m just gonna kinda call out some of the chapters. I’m not gonna read the full chapter name, just like the character says 21 Indispensable Qualities. So I’ll read out the qualities here. Character, charisma, commitment, communication, competence, courage, discernment, focus, generosity, initiative, listening, passion, positive attitude, problem solving, relationships, <affirmative>, security, self-discipline, servanthood, Teachability and Vision. Let me touch on just a couple of these towards the end. So chapter 18, Self-Discipline. Now what he’s saying is, if you want to be a leader, you need the indispensable quality of self-discipline. And this is really interesting cause I hear this a lot and I see it a lot, but you have to be able to lead yourself before you can lead others. You have to be able to lead a discipline life and do what needs to be done or what you say you’re going to do. So that’s one of the things that I’m really, really focusing on these days. And in particular with the live hard program, which is the follow on to 75. Hard self-discipline is a big thing. It’s a huge thing actually. So every day for 30 days, you have to take a five minute cold shower. Why not? Because it’s, you’re gonna have to do shit that you don’t wanna do. If you wanna be successful, also every day you have to complete eight critical,
Erik J. Olson (02:59):
Regardless of what excuse you have. So I’ve got eight tasks and I didn’t actually really even start them until two or three o’clock in the afternoon on a Friday because I had so much other crap going on that frankly I allowed because of lack of self discipline. I allowed it to creep into my day and take over, and I really should have done a better job. So now I’m disappointing myself at 8:01 PM in the office on a Friday night to get my shit done. I said I was going to record for the Journey to $100 Million podcast, I’m going to. So this is my second recording outta 10. I’ve got another hour here or so. So that kinda sucks, but that’s what self-discipline is about. Oh, by the way, I’ve gotta go work out after this in order to get my second one in for the day.
(03:45):
So some of these days for live hard can be pretty freaking rough, honestly. But here’s the point of the whole program. You told yourself that you’re gonna do it, do it Servanthood. Servanthood is not people serving you, but you serving others. So servant leadership, and look, the reason that I am here late is because I was helping others take care of their stuff. I wrote a process, actually, I implemented a process for our content team and our account management team to make their lives easier, and I’m happy to do that. So I’m serving in that regard. Kevin needed help going through some feedback from a prospect, and then we met with them and I stopped what I was doing today. I came up, I reviewed the email, long email, I came up with solutions. Then I met with them at 4 45 and Kevin for 45 minutes an hour.
(04:37):
And look, we got the deal, which is awesome. But it took a lot of time outta my day. But I needed to serve him and our company because that’s gonna help our company grow. Teachability. You gotta be a teachable. If you think everything, you’re screwed, right? So just reading this book, you don’t know everything. Read this book. John Maxwell knows more about leadership than you do. I guarantee it. So, great book. I would grab it. This one right here looks like I picked it up at the thrift store for 2 99. Pretty cool. But you can get on Amazon, I’m sure, or anywhere you buy books.

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  • Erik J. Olson is an award-winning digital marketer & entrepreneur. The Founder & CEO of Array Digital, he is also the host of the Journey to $100 Million Flash Briefing and daily podcast, and the organizer of the Marketers Anonymous monthly meetups.

  • Kevin Daisey is an award-winning digital marketer & entrepreneur. He started his first company when he was just 23, and is the Founder & CMO of Array Digital. Kevin is the also the co-host of the Journey to $100 Million Flash Briefing and daily podcast, and the co-organizer of the Marketers Anonymous monthly meetups.

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