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My Four Habits for Maintaining Mental Health as a Leader

October 10 is World Mental Health Day, and this week, both Mark and I want to talk about this relevant topic. I’m writing about the importance of mental health to a leader, and Mark will write about the importance of a leader caring for the mental health of their team. While we are not mental…

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Mark Cole: Do You Believe?

I’ve given my life to developing leaders around the world because I am convinced that all people have potential. And in order to reach that potential there’s one thing everybody needs that we can all give: belief. Here’s what I know to be true: if you believe in yourself, you can reach your potential and…

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Mark Cole: Life: One Long Gift

John Maxwell and I recently experienced one of the most challenging trips we have ever been on: 17 days 6 countries 96 hours on planes or in airports 59 hours in the air 37 hours waiting to get in the air. 19 airports To say it was tiring would be a huge understatement. As we…

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Develop a Healthy IRA: Five Investments Every Leader Must Make

Do you have a good IRA? Before you answer, let me put things in context: this is not a blog post about traditional investment advice. This is a blog post about leadership investment advice. Good leaders are great investors. They understand not only where investments are necessary, but the type of investments required for success.…

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The Influence of a Father

This Sunday being Father’s Day, my team requested that I write a blog post on the word “father.” While that may seem like an obvious idea, there’s a deeper meaning to that word for me personally—since 2017, the word “father” has been my life word. You see, for years—decades, really—I have prayed for and selected…

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Want Better Relationships? Be Relatable!

I like people. When I get out of bed in the morning, one of the first thoughts to go through my head is “Who will I help today?” I am motivated by the interactions that I have with others, and I find great joy in meeting and helping people day after day. Is it because…

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Mark Cole: Pride Goes Before a Fall

Growing up, my mom tirelessly reminded me of a popular verse from the book of Proverbs: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” The longer I live, the more I understand why she made sure I learned this lesson. Pride is a big problem for any leader. Here’s why: Pride Leads…

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Five Steps for Connecting with Others

I usually start a blog with a story or some sort of introductory idea to get your brain moving in the right direction. But I’m not doing that with this post. Instead, I want to jump right in and give you five steps for connecting with others. Connection is a critical part of leadership, because…

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Mark Cole: A Leader’s Most Dangerous Thought

In my role as the leader of a leadership organization, I spend a lot of time studying other leaders around the world—both past and present. In my studies, I typically look for two different kinds of patterns: patterns that lead to success and patterns that lead to failure. Today, I want to share a pattern…

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Connect with Your Ears

Are you a good listener? If you’re going to lead, you need to be. A 2018 article from Harvard Business Review states “managers who listen well are perceived as people leaders, generate more trust, instill higher job satisfaction, and increase their team’s creativity.” If you want to lead, you’ve got to use your ears. I’ve…

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