“It’s So Powerful When You Place Your Attention A Few Minutes Each Day To Being Of Service To Someone Else”

Yitzi Weiner
Aug 20, 2018 · 7 min read

Leadership Lessons With Author and Two-Time Founder, Darrah Brustein

I would bring more awareness to the #GiveItForward movement to empower more people to give. It’s powerful what happens when you place your attention, even just for a couple minutes a day, to being of service to someone else. The ripple effect is profound!

  1. If I’m depleted, I’m doing a disservice to my team. Often, getting the fewest hours of sleep and working the most hours is celebrated. But I came to find that when I showed after buying into these mindsets, that I was in no headspace to lead. So, I decided to start sleeping more and prioritizing my wellness by inviting in a daily meditation practice and other self-care rituals like time with friends and doing things alone that give me energy and a fresh perspective.
  2. I am not always the best equipped to lead. There have been multiple occasions in the course of my entrepreneurial journey where I was managing members of my team, and I came to realize I was bottlenecking them because I didn’t have capacity, and in some cases, the interest, in doing so. It’s in the moments when I came to realize that I needed to train someone else to take on that role and better empower those teammates.
  3. If I have no clue how their job should be done, I’m also not a great leader. So, while I don’t try every job or learn the depths of all of them, I prefer to get a working knowledge of each role so that I can both understand and respect their work better.
  4. Not everyone needs to the same style of leadership. This can be a tough one as it’s easy to defer to your default style of leadership. However, some folks need autonomy, whereas others need hand-holding. Some need consistent accolades, whereas others want to put their head down and produce under-the-radar. I’ve come to learn that I need to be upfront of new members of my team about my leadership style, as well as learn what their needs are and adapt as much as I can to support them.

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Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Pop Culture, Wellness, Social Impact, and Tech. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

Yitzi Weiner

Written by

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Pop Culture, Wellness, Social Impact, and Tech. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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