Seth Godin on Leadership
To get some insight on Seth Godin on leadership, check out his book Linchpin. In it, Seth Godin argues that modern universities have their curriculum all wrong. Seth believes that, instead of teaching us technical information, universities should only teach two things: 1) how to solve interesting problems; and, 2) how to effectively lead.
After spending eight years getting a law degree that I no longer use, I agree (at least in part) with his theory. The most important thing you can do is lead. If you lead people by solving boring problems, you’ll probably still get paid, but everyone is going to be bored. I did that for 10 years, and it definitely wasn’t very exciting. On the other hand, if you lead people by solving interesting problems that you are passionate about and fighting the status quo, then life becomes quite interesting – and, fulfilling in a way that a paycheck never can be.
Who Are You Leading?
So, who are you leading? Who are your people? What is their philosophy? What are their unshakeable beliefs? Do they want to be a part of something that matters?
I can spew information about how to get healthy or how to be a successful Team Beachbody Coach until I’m blue in the face, but if you don’t buy into my philosophy I can’t lead you—nor should I be. But, if you will take the time to understand the history of Beachbody, that the soul purpose of the Team Beachbody network is to help people achieve their goals and enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives, that the compensation plan rewards us for doing this, and you are willing to put in the time it takes to get good at it, then you’ll win big.
More importantly, you’ll grow along the way. You’ll gain an understanding of who you are. You’ll learn how to capitalize on your strengths and to work on your weaknesses. And, if you do all that, you’ll be a part of something that matters – something that gives people hope, something that shakes up the status quo in this country and leaves a big mark on the world, something that changes individual lives and helps people see themselves bigger than they are while giving them a path to reach that vision.
So, that’s Seth Godin on leadership…with a little bit of Dave Ward thrown in for good measure. If you need some help figuring out who your people are, shoot me a message.