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Nothing impacts the wealth, health and happiness of others more than a leader.

It’s a bold statement, so pressure test it.

Take a moment to think of the people who made a significant, positive impact on you. It might be a teacher who saw something you didn’t see in yourself. Or a coach with a unique way of encouraging you, getting the most out of you. It could be a parent, religious leader, boss or coworker. Their words of wisdom, love and advice echo in your head today. When you think of them, how does it make you feel? Do you smile just thinking about them?

Now take a moment and think about the people who had a significant impact, but in the exact opposite way. Think about the people who exemplified the person you never want to be. Just thinking of these people causes a bad feeling in your gut. How did they behave when the going got tough? What was most important to them? How did you feel whenever you had a conversation with them?

By definition, if someone has a meaningful impact (positive or negative) in your life, they are a leader.

Unfortunately, anyone can find their way into leadership by simply holding a position of authority (parents, teachers, coaches, religious leaders and yes, bosses). Leadership is simply a position. However, great leadership is a choice. A leader has the most important job the in the world.

I believe the most important job in the world, leadership, has been watered down, over-complicated and decaffeinated beyond recognition. We’ve idolized the achievements but not the work to get there. We’ve focused on fables and inspiration instead of the sacrifices. We’ve become addicted to ideas and sober to real solutions.

Consider this: A bad leader causes stress. Stress can lead to a poor home life, which causes even more stress. Added stress can lead to poor performance. This leads to long hours, with less sleep, less exercise and poor eating choices. Gaining weight leads to more unhappiness and even more stress. The cycle is vicious – and real.

This cycle creates unhappy, unhealthy and unwealthy people. All because of one person: a bad leader.

In my next post, “How Does Your Leadership Type Rate?” I am going to give you an overly obvious and embarrassingly simple tool to immediately measure your leadership impact. I will show you how to raise your leadership game instantly. This is not hype. You will wonder why you have not thought of this before.

Do you agree? Can you think of anything that affects the wealth, health and happiness more than a leader?

KNOW

Nothing affects the wealth, health and happiness of others more than a leader. Anyone can be a leader, being a great leader is a choice.

FEEL

Leadership is tough. It’s one of the hardest jobs in the world. But the hard work is worth it.

DO

Reflect on the best leaders you’ve had in your life. Evaluate your actions today – are you acting like them? Or acting more like the leaders you swore you’d never become?