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Self-Leadership = Self-Awareness

Throughout my career I have learned that the most important factor of being a great leader to others, is mastering self-leadership first. The example we set will be the strongest influence on others, so we need to be self-aware and constantly setting the best example possible.

Dan Rockwell explores the path to self-leadership, and gives us some key questions that we should be asking ourselves in order to improve our self-awareness. Enjoy!

If you feel it’s easy to lead yourself, you aren’t doing it. Self-leadership: Pay attention to yourself. #1. Listen to yourself. What if the things that come out of your mouth are true expressions of who you are? Spend a day monitoring your words and tone. What message are you sending? If your words defined […]

via The Path to Self-Leadership Made Clear — Leadership Freak

What are you doing today?

Leadership is a continuous act, not a one time thing. To be a great leader, you need to make sure you’re leading from the front. So, disregard what you did yesterday, what are you doing today?

Leadership is more about what you’re doing today than it is about what you did yesterday. You may have done lots of great things yesterday that helped you earn your leadership position. Having a leadership position however does not make you a leader. Even being a great leader yesterday does not ensure you’re a great […]

via Leadership is About Doing — LeadToday

How Great Leaders Make an Impact

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Type in “leadership” on your Google search bar and you’ll immediately get a plethora of articles listing 10+ traits that you need to be a leader. Yes, you will find articles like this on my website as well. But, simply, a leader is someone that inspires. Inspires some sort of movement or action. You cannot be a leader of something static, there’s no where to lead it to. To be a leader, you need to be leading something to someone. You need to make an impact.

How do you make an impact?
1. Have core values and stick to them
2. Innovate
3. Share the wealth and give people the opportunity to move up

Have you ever wanted to follow a person that showed no values or passion for something? People trust other people that have strong values and beliefs. It is hard to trust someone that is inconsistent with their decision making and their behavior. So learn what your core values are. An easy way to do this is to think about situations when you get really angry, whatever that person did to you, that’s a core value that they stepped on.

Nothing else matters in leadership other than the examples that we set. This doesn’t only apply to exemplifying your core values, but also with being innovative. Business decisions aren’t always black or white, in the grey area we need to get creative. This is when your team looks to you for guidance and you have to be willing to try new things, get creative, and move in a direction that might be different from everyone else. In turn, you will inspire your team or follow-ship to do the same.

Lastly, no one is a leader without a team. So be fair with your team. Provide them with opportunity. An impactful leader is one that inspires greatness in other people, we can’t do this by limiting those people. Not only is providing opportunity the fair thing to do, it is also extremely motivating and empowering. Don’t you want to be surrounded by motivated people? This will make a world of a difference in any business, any industry, and any endeavor.

Inspire, innovate, empower, and make your mark.

TTYL.

Rebby Sutherland is a successful entrepreneur and leader currently running a private sales company in New York City. Learn more about Rebby and what she does on a day to day by following her:

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7 Rules for Success from Steve Jobs’ Career

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Here at 5 North Inc., we believe in the mantra of building individuals with an entrepreneurial mindset. Someone who strives to beat the odds of all the challenges they face. We encourage people to standout by learning and growing from their experiences, which allows us to build a stronger team and business.

Steve Jobs, the man behind the Apple empire, has been a leader among entrepreneurs everywhere and an excellent example of a great entrepreneurial mentality. Entrepreneur Magazine shares the 7 Rules of Success as interpreted from Steve Job’s career, life and values.

  1. Do what you love. Jobs once said, “People with passion can change the world for the better.” He is completely right. Building a business is hard work. You need to be so passionate about what you’re doing that no one will change your mind.
  2. Put a dent in the universe. Have a vision and don’t lose sight of it. Don’t settle.
  3. Make connections. Jobs once said creativity is connecting things. It is connecting things from different fields that you wouldn’t think are related. So expose yourself to as many different things as you can—cultures, topics, people, hobbies, everything.
  4. Say no to 1,000 things. If you are average of everything you are doing you will get average results. Pick a couple and become the master of them.
  5. Create insanely different experiences. The idea of branding is to create an emotional connection between the brand and the customer. Set yourself apart from the other companies by giving them a unique experience.
  6. Master the message. You can’t make a second first impression. The same thing goes for your ideas. You need to introduce them and deliver them correctly. Become a master at communicating you message.
  7. Sell dreams, not products. It’s great if you think your product has a great function, but how is it changing lives? Understand what your customers are dreaming of and deliver that dream.

Read the full article here. 

Let’s apply these rules to our careers today, and in turn find our “inner Steve Jobs”.

 

Rebby Sutherland is a successful entrepreneur and leader currently running a private sales company in New York City. Learn more about Rebby and what she does on a day to day by following her:

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Success is a Habit: Be Intentional (Time Management)

Success is a Habit: Be Intentional

This next one is tricky. It’s an easy habit to lose track of. One habit that has a huge impact on how successful you are is being intentional with your time. We all have the same amount of time in our day as Beyonce and the President. But they seem to get a lot more done. Why? Because every moment of their day has a purpose and they are doing things with intention.

What does it mean to be intentional? Think about showing up to the office. Some days you show up and you might not want to be there and you don’t feel like doing anything on your schedule. But you are there anyway, so you might as well get your work done. Being there and not doing what you need to do is a complete waste of time.

A lot of people would solve this by just keeping busy during this time. By doing something that would just fill the time. But this is not being intentional with your time. If I want to tone my arms and select to go running every morning, I am not being intentional with my time. If you want a promotion but sit at your desk sorting through unimportant emails all day, you are not being intentional with your time.

How do we make sure we are being intentional with our time? Follow these steps:

  1. Decide what you’re working toward and what needs to get done for you to get there. The first part of being intentional is to figure out the intent. It’s okay to have several goals.
  2. Look at your schedule, ask yourself, “is this something that will help me get closer to my goal?”
  3. Once you have taken out anything on your schedule that doesn’t belong there, ask yourself, “what can I consolidate to save time?” Example: I need to touch base on a call with the director of another location every week, and I have to drive 30+ minutes to work. Schedule the call with the director while you’re driving to work. You just got one thing out of the way. (Please use headphones or talk on speakerphone.)
  4. Stick to your schedule and eliminate distractions. Collecting all of the coins in your Subway Surfers game isn’t going to help you finish your project.

Action item this week: Remember productivity vs. activity. You want to be doing things that will bring you the results that you want, not things to just keep you busy.

TTYL.

The ‘Success is a Habit’ series is a thoroughly explained list of the habits that have allowed me achieve my goals and become an effective leader. These are habits I apply to my life on a daily basis to continue growing my business and expanding my skill set. Check in weekly to learn about the other habits that have driven me to success.  


Rebby Sutherland is a successful entrepreneur and leader currently running a private sales company in New York City. Learn more about Rebby and what she does on a day to day by following her:

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Success is a Habit: Be Prepared

Success is a Habit: Be prepared

We’ve all heard it before, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Yet, so many times we approach our day or week with no preparation.

Why should we always be prepared? Being prepared sets the pace for the entire day – it eliminates stress, protects your attitude, and allows you to present your best self. Every minute that you spend preparing eliminates a couple minutes in execution. This difference in the small details gives you the slight edge against your competitors.

How do we prepare? There’s a few things you can do to make sure you’re always prepared:

  1. Plan your week on Sunday. This gives you time to schedule in your most important meetings and personal things you need to get done.
  2. Pick your outfits and prepare as much as you can the night before. Let’s say you’re going to work out in the morning, leave your water bottle and work out clothes out so you can be out the door quicker.
  3. Be prepared for other people. If you have a team that you work with, you know that they need from you. Be ready to handle it.
  4. Plan for the unexpected. Set time in your schedule to handle last minute things that come up.
  5. Always prepare for the “just in case” situation. Keep an umbrella in your car or at the office, bring some snacks in case you don’t get to have lunch at the time that you planned, carry a little cash in your wallet in case your card stops working. These little things can usually change the course of our day if it’s not something we’re prepared for.

Your action item this week is to stay consistently prepared so that you don’t have to spend time later getting prepared. Plan as much of your week as you can. Do as much as you can ahead of time. And always think of the “just in case”. We never know how the day might surprise us.

TTYL.

The ‘Success is a Habit’ series is a thoroughly explained list of the habits that have allowed me achieve my goals and become an effective leader. These are habits I apply to my life on a daily basis to continue growing my business and expanding my skill set. Check in weekly to learn about the other habits that have driven me to success.  


Rebby Sutherland is a successful entrepreneur and leader currently running a private sales company in New York City. Learn more about Rebby and what she does on a day to day by following her:

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Success is a Habit: Be on Time

Success is a Habit: Be on Time

Being on time. A habit that require no skill, no talent, yet is so hard for so many. We all like to sleep a little extra in the mornings or take a little extra time perfecting our outfit or making a yummy breakfast. Usually being a few minutes late to something is easily forgiven and no grudges are held. But, these little few minutes add up and can affect your results and your relationships in huge ways.

Why should we be on time? In the business world, being on time shows professionalism and follow through. It shows that you respect your position; and, if that position is one of leadership, it sets a great example for those on your team. Whether in or out of the workforce, we all have people relying on us. Being on time shows that we are respectful of their time, we value their position or role in our lives, and it shows them we are available for them. In both personal and professional relationships, making someone feel like you are available if they need something goes a long way – even if they never end up needing your time.

So, how do we make sure we’ll be on time? Here are a few tips:

  1. Have a routine. Know how long it takes you to do. Then start earlier than the amount of time you thing you need.
  2. Set an alarm. Or three. Not just for waking up. But you can set reminders on your phone or email for meetings and calls.
  3. Expect issues to occur. Plan time in your schedule to deal with things that pop up, because we all know things will come up last minute.
  4. Prepare for things ahead of time. Either pick out your outfit or set aside the ingredients for your breakfast at night. Or plan your presentation or a conversation before hand.
  5. Write scheduled meetings or plans down. So you don’t forget when people are expecting you.

Showing people that you are respectful of their time, and value yours, will have a huge impact on your relationships. Better relationships will lead to better results.

So, your action item this week: Pay attention to the things that are making you late. Add them to your schedule and if possible, prepare for them before hand.

TTYL.

The ‘Success is a Habit’ series is a thoroughly explained list of the habits that have allowed me achieve my goals and become an effective leader. These are habits I apply to my life on a daily basis to continue growing my business and expanding my skill set. Check in weekly to learn about the other habits that have driven me to success.  


Rebby Sutherland is a successful entrepreneur and leader currently running a private sales company in New York City. Learn more about Rebby and what she does on a day to day by following her:

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Succes is a Habit: Positive Mentality

Success is a Habit: Positive Mentality

We’re launching this series with what is, by far, the most important habit anyone that is or wants to be successful must have – a positive mentality. Your mentality determines the entire course of your day. Your attitude controls your day, so if you cannot control your attitude then your day controls you. There is no way to be successful without having control of our day.

Why is a positive mentality so essential? Simply, a winning mentality attracts great people. Anyone that wants to be in a position of success needs to learn to be a great leader and surround themselves with the right people. No one that is sharp, smart or ambitious wants to follow a negative person. Gandhi once said, “a man is a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” With that said, a negative outlook will surely lead to negative results. A positive attitude, even when not yielding the results that you were looking for, will allow you to learn from your experience and continue to success. As a leader, being able to maintain a positive mentality allows you to be composed and collected in difficult and sudden situations, and therefore more trustworthy.

Now, how do we maintain a positive mentality everyday? In order to maintain a positive mentality you want to do one thing: focus on the things you can control. Don’t waste time and energy stressing over things that you cannot control. You cannot control the weather, other people, or a sudden illness. You can control how you react, strategic planning, learning the proper skills for the task at hand. Once you focus on the things you can control, you will not feel overwhelmed and will be able to maintain a positive mentality. That is not to say the day won’t be difficult or tiring, but you will be able to be efficient and productive instead of just feeling helpless and being a “Debbie Downer”. You will be in control of your day, and in control of your mentality and outlook.

Whenever you encounter a problem, teach yourself to think of the solution instead of focusing on what the problem is. It is completely possible to maintain a positive mentality throughout your day. This is step one toward success.

And so, your action item for this week is to focus on the things you can control.

TTYL.

The ‘Success is a Habit’ series is a thoroughly explained list of the habits that have allowed me achieve my goals and become an effective leader. These are habits I apply to my life on a daily basis to continue growing my business and expanding my skill set. Check in weekly to learn about the other habits that have driven me to success.  


Rebby Sutherland is a successful entrepreneur and leader currently running a private sales company in New York City. Learn more about Rebby and what she does on a day to day by following her:

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Success is a Habit: Series Intro

Over and over again I bump into list upon list of all these qualities that make people successful, habits that successful people have in common, or the morning routines of the rich…I think you catch my drift. But I think rather than just know what the people we consider successful do on a daily basis, we need to understand why and how they do it. By understanding why and how, we can then effectively make these habits our own to actually fit our schedule and help us work toward our goals.

Throughout my career and my own climb to success, I’ve learned and developed habits that directly correlate with the results I get from my day. These are habits that I apply daily to my life in order to have the absolutely most productive day possible every day. We’ve all heard by now that Beyonce and Obama have the same 24 hours in the day that we do, so we should be able to accomplish just as much, right? I want to share with you what I’ve learned so far so that we can all be as productive and impactful as Queen Bey and the President of the United States–although maybe not as famous.

It’s not accidental that this series begins right in time for all the new year resolutions that are about to start popping up on your Facebook feed along with all the “New Year, New Me” quotes. But besides vocalizing what our dreams are for the year or what changes we’re going to make, we need to create action items to actually follow through. This is where I hope this series can help you. Stay tuned on Mondays for my “Success is a Habit Series.”

TTYL.


Rebby Sutherland is a successful entrepreneur and leader currently running a private sales company in New York City. Learn more about Rebby and what she does on a day to day by following her:

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“12 Habits That Set Ultra Successful People Apart”

There’s no question that there is something successful people do differently from the average person to achieve the results that they do. The question is, what is it that they’re doing differently?

In an article for Forbes, Travis Bradberry talks about the qualities that highly successful people have shown to have in common. Bradberry emphasizes one quality in particular – emotional intelligence – and how important it is in order to achieve your dreams.

My business, and probably most businesses, is based entirely around people. The relationships that I build with our clients and our employees is vital to our success. One of my favorite quotes is, “people won’t remember what you say, they won’t remember what you do, but they always remember how you make them feel.” Emotional intelligence is essential to building relationships and being a leader.

Bradberry also covers other qualities that successful people show to have in common. While there have been countless lists put together about qualities (or habits, skills, characteristics, etc)  that all successful people seem to have, Bradberry’s list of 12 skills is one that I definitely agree with. Read Bradberry’s full article here. 

Bradberry’s 12 Habits of Ultra Successful People:

  1. Composure – Reacting to a situation when everyone is watching can be tricky. A leader must learn to react with self-control and positivity.
  2. Knowledgeability – Constant development is extremely important to achieve success. Successful people are always asking questions and learning from their experiences.
  3. Deliberate Decision-making – Being able to think logically through a decision instead of making an impulsive decision makes a huge difference to the end result.
  4. Speaking with Certainty – When I’m training I call these “doubt words”: “Um”, “I think”, “Basically”. Successful people don’t use doubt in their speech – they speak with conviction so they will be listened to.
  5. Positive Body Language – Using positive body language draws people in during conversation and opens them up to your ideas. “How you say something can be more important that what you say.”
  6. Strong First Impressions – This is when people decide if they like you, make sure to use positive body language to make a good and lasting first impression.
  7. Seeking Small Victories – Setting smaller goals and acheiving them keeps you motivated to tackle the bigger goals.
  8. Fearlessness – “Danger is real…fear is a choice.” Overcoming fears and acheiving your goals will make you feel great and extremely confident. Get fear out of your head.
  9. Gracefulness – I consider this one to be one of the most important qualities for emotional intelligence. People want to be around other people that are easy to talk to and get along with.
  10. Honesty – This one goes without an explanation. Integrity is essential to building quality and long lasting relationships.
  11. Gratefulness – Successful people have a network or mentors and advisors that have guided them through their journey to success. They don’t forget those people and the support they have provided.
  12. Appreciation – Appreciating the things you already have and the people around you allows you to keep a positive mentality.

Try applying these to your daily routine to see where they take you. Make sure to check back in to see some of my other thoughts on business and leadership.

Read Bradberry’s full article here. 

 

Rebby Sutherland is a successful entrepreneur and leader currently running a private sales company in New York City. Learn more about Rebby and what she does on a day to day by following her:

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