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Leadership Challenge - Ownership

The words take ownership written in white chalk on a black chalkboard

At The Leadership Mission, we will be posting regular challenges designed to grow you as a leader. In order for it to work, you must take the challenge seriously and we highly recommend the following strategies to help ensure long term growth. It’s okay if you don’t have all of these right away, the point is to get started somewhere and you can add the missing pieces as you go.

  1. Keep a regular log of your daily efforts whether they are mental, physical or emotional. You get where you‘re going faster when you know where you’ve been and how far you’ve come.

  2. Find an accountability confidant. Being accountable is important, being accountable to someone you can also be completely transparent and open with is critical to success. It can be a spouse, sibling, parent, mentor, friend, or anyone you trust. It doesn’t matter as long as you have someone to keep you going.

  3. Share with other leaders who will support you. You share with these folks at a much higher level and not all of the details but sharing is important. It is another level of accountability but also encouragement.


Leadership Challenge - Ownership

Today, identify one aspect in or of your life that needs to change and take ownership of it.

What does that mean? It means identifying something you have been meaning to change and commit to changing in. Whether it be weight loss, a bad habit, a toxic relationship, a job change, going back to school, starting that business. The list could go on and on and is extremely personal for anyone and everyone reading this.

Once you have identified it, take ownership over whatever your role might be in why it still exists in or a part of, your life.

Then, come up with a plan of how you are going to change it! Don’t get too in the weeds with details here. Keep your plan simple and easy to execute.

From there, it’s all about discipline, accountability and execution of your plan.

If you do it right, it will most likely be hard. Leadership is hard but I promise it’s worth it!

There is an excellent book about this subject that we highly recommend called Extreme Ownership. It was written by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, two former Navy Seals who started their own leadership development organization after their time in the service. You can learn more about this book in extreme ownership principles - leader resource.


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