Bill Kurzeja is the owner and founder of Professional Success South, a sales training and business consulting firm. Bill learned leadership, discipline, the importance of strict attention to detail, and the importance of clear, effective communication while serving in the United States Army. After his time in the military, he transitioned to the retail automotive industry, where he worked up to upper management positions. Bill now follows his passion in training and coaching, specializing in the basics of communication and how paying attention to detail will build a strong foundation in whatever you do.
- We are all leaders somehow, somewhere, to someone. There is at least one person who is following your example. Keeping this in mind changes the way we live.
- It’s easy to be a boss—to tell people what to do. It’s harder to inspire through your leadership.
- Go into the process with your team and model in your own life what you want from them.
- Challenge yourself to think what it would take for you to be the best in your area, field, etc. First, have the baseline knowledge. Then, be able to communicate that knowledge to others in a way that they can understand.
- One way to journal that is simple and helpful is to record your thoughts after a meeting, training, etc. on video. Record what you learned, thought, and felt then grade yourself on a 3-point grading system.
QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION
- What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Lead from within, not from above.
- Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Empathetic, authentic, and confident.
- What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Have I prepared my team to step up and complete the mission without me?
- What book would you recommend to leaders? Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
- If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Evaluate your actions: Journal them and grade yourself.
- As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because we live in a time where we’re always told there are limitations. Questioning these can provide more possibilities for your life.
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