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Acting Like A Leader

Good vs Bad Leaders, the magic of texting, and maybe AI isn’t coming for you.

Welcome to the June 27, 2019 edition of the Mission Daily Newsletter.

Did you get around to cleaning your room (and clearing your mind)? Find out why we are asking this question here. 🧹

“It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one.” — Zig Ziglar

Ready, Set, Action!🎬

Acting Like A Leader

When we say “leader,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? A corner office? A six-figure salary? A seat at the head of a long table?

Sure. But may we humbly offer some other images to put into the repertoire?

Coming in early. Staying late. Listening to everyone. Taking feedback. Knowing everyone’s name.

When Jennifer Tejada talks about what being a CEO means to her, she brings up the memory of her father. He ran a hospital, and she remembers how he treated his employees.

“It was funny because, for a long time, I didn’t actually know he was the boss because he didn’t act like one. We’d walk into the hospital and we’d say hi to everybody we bumped into, the janitor or a nurse or the chief of the medical staff or someone working in the cafeteria, and it was always the same. It was the same sort of warm greeting. He knew everybody by name. He knew something about their family or their kids.”

Movies and TV shows are quick to show leaders as powerful and ruthless. But if your influence is directly tied to fear and submission, you live on top of a weak cliff that is one earthquake away from sliding into the river below. 🌊

Kindness, thoughtfulness, and mutual respect breed loyalty. And that loyalty pushes people to work harder, work together, and perform better; more so than ruthlessness ever will.

So, if you’re heading out today with a goal to work your way to the top, we hope you’ll reflect on Jennifer’s definition of a boss, and remember that leadership is about the team, not the individual. It’s about having the confidence to lead the charge forward and the empathy to genuinely care about those that you bring with you on the mission.

You can be powerful and still serve others. You can be cutthroat on paper and kind to everyone.

In the words of John C. Maxwell, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” A leader is not the one who sees the way, points out the way, and tells others to go that way.

Want further clarification? Here’s a quick break down:

👿 A bad leader…
— Takes credit.
— Depends on authority.
— Uses people.
— Inspires fear.
— Hounds employees.
— Follows a rigid rulebook.

😇 A good leader…
— Gives credit.
— Depends on goodwill.
— Develops people.
— Generates enthusiasm.
— Coaches employees.
— Empowers and enables creativity.

PS- Sometimes working under a bad leader (aka, an anti-model) is the best way to develop your own leadership skills. Being able to see what doesn’t work is the best way to find out what will work instead!

What leaders have you been grateful to work under? What did they do to inspire and motivate you? Share your stories by emailing info@mission.org or hitting us up on Twitter @TheMissionHQ.

Article Spotlight

Your Kindness Will Lead You To Success

We reached way back in the archives of our publication and pulled out this beauty from four years ago written by Bruce Kasanoff: Your Kindness Will Lead You To Success

What follows is an edited summary:

I am not impressed by someone’s ability to intimidate, cajole, persuade, manipulate, overpower or overwhelm others. No, what impresses me most are the people who have the ability to do these things, but who choose instead to let kindness lead them to success.

It’s easy to yell and threaten, but these behaviors are signs of weakness, not strength. Strong people don’t lose control of their emotions. Skilled fighters say that once you lose your temper, you have lost the fight. Your vision narrows and you become dangerously impulsive. If losing your temper is a weakness for fighters, it is a deadly flaw for professionals.

According to Victor Frankl:

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

You have the power to always choose your response; thusly you have the power to always choose kindness.

Kindness does NOT equal weakness. Quite the contrary. It takes tremendous strength to be kind to someone who is slowing you down or who thinks differently than you do. But kindness bridges such gaps, and brings out the talent hidden in so many people.

Kindness fosters more kindness. It opens eyes instead of closing them. It is contagious, and it feels wonderful.

Read Bruce’s full article.

#ThirstyThursday

Thirsty For That Knowledge👇👇

📱The complex, but speedy journey of a simple “I love you” text all begins with you thumping your fingers… but what happens after you hit “Send”? Learn how text messaging works.

📈 From 1000 BC to the 1700s, human wellbeing — life expectancy, GDP, percentage of people above the poverty line, etc. — stayed hauntingly the same. After the Industrial Revolution, that all dramatically changed.

🤖 Beep-boop-bop! Artificial intelligence isn’t here to take jobs in the journalism space.An estimate suggests, AI has the potential to automate only 15% of a reporter’s job and 9% of an editor’s job. *Collective exhale from our writing staff.*

🧐 Being a jack of all trades, master of none, is now in style. Organizations everywhere are operating with fewer staff by foregoing specialization. The Navy included.

🧠 Yesterday, we shared some of Jordan B. Peterson works. Here’s more inspiration from Peterson paired with words from Terence McKenna.

“People matter. You are the cutting edge of a thirteen billion-year-old process of defining novelty. Your acts matter. Your thoughts matter. Your purpose? To add to the complexity. Your enemy? Disorder, entropy, stupidity, and tastelessness.” — Terence McKenna

Sign Off 🤗

A Little Throwback…

To that time that Ian protected Grayson from all those bad vibes out there in the world…

😂 Oh, Ian, how we appreciate you. 😂

If you’re a subscriber and have a question for Chad, Ian, Steph, or anyone else on the Mission team, please submit them here: Info@Mission.org

And don’t forget! This week, in partnership with b8ta, we are giving away Misfit Vapors for free to two lucky Mission subscribers! ַ👉 Enter for a chance to win!

That’s it for today’s edition — what’d you think? Share your thoughts by responding to this email or hitting us up on Twitter @TheMissionHQ. We read every single one!

This was originally published on June 27, 2019 as the Mission’s daily newsletter. To subscribe, go here.

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