3 Unpredictable Things Leadership Can Teach You

When you think of the term ‘leadership’ and what it means, what words come to mind? Determination, commitment, discipline, wisdom, values, passion, purpose? All of those sound about right. And it’s true. When you practice and hone your leadership skills you will become more determined, committed, disciplined, and wise. Your values, passion, and purpose will become stronger and more grounded in what you believe. But there are also some things you learn along the way that you wouldn’t expect right off the bat. Here are 3 unpredictable things leadership can teach you.

Leadership can teach you to be interdependent

Traditionally, leadership is all about being a strong, confident, and completely self-reliant person. But surprisingly, the most powerful leaders have learned the importance of interdependence. Being mutually dependent on someone means you have the freedom to learn from each other. True leaders embrace the opportunity to gain insight any chance they can––including from the people they mentor. Through mentoring others, true leaders become a pro at learning from others and creating strong interdependent relationships.

Leadership can teach you to take a step back

Leaders are naturally assertive, go-getter individuals. But the best and most experienced leaders have learned when to take a step back and let the other person or teams of people learn for themselves. When you’re not visibly taking charge of a situation, you are empowering the people you lead to use their resources and develop their own strengths. The best leaders have found a passion in developing the strengths and talents of others.

Leadership can teach you to welcome your failures

While earning a leadership role requires a great deal of success, the path to this success is not without failure along the way. However, not only does true leadership teach you to accept your failures, but it teaches you to become accustomed to it and even welcome it. In fact, failure can become one of the most powerful enablers because true leaders know that it’s what you do with your failures that defines your influence as a leader.

So, yes, being in a leadership position does require a large amount of determination and wisdom. But it also takes so much more than that. The next time you find yourself in a position of influence pay close attention to these 3 unpredictable things leadership can teach you.  

Brad and Julie Duncan3 Unpredictable Things Leadership Can Teach You

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  • Jake Petteway - September 18, 2017 reply

    Thanks Brad

  • Bobby Garcia - September 19, 2017 reply

    This was something I needed to hear this morning. A great reminder that failure is part of the process towards success. This encourages me to fight the fight so that I will know how to lead others when the time comes.
    Thanks Brad & Julie!

  • Ama Yates-Ekong - September 20, 2017 reply

    Very insightful , thank you !!

  • Theresa Alexander - September 23, 2017 reply

    Brad and Julie, you have portrayed what true leadership and generosity is. We are so thankful and great that friends of your stature,integrety and the highest level of leadership,take the time to enrich our lives. We will duplicate you great habits. Thank you, we love and support you.
    Theresa Alexander

  • Zakiera Walker - September 30, 2017 reply

    Thanks Brad and Julie for sharing with us the importance of not centering leadership solely on success but more importantly on interdependence and the significance of the desire to want to learn from others even as a leader.

  • Ricardo Lujan - October 11, 2017 reply

    This very helpful! Thank you brad and Julie!

  • Roshawn J Hayes - October 14, 2017 reply

    We are grateful to have you both as an example of the truth. Thank you for contributing to our success and achievement.

  • Krystina - October 14, 2017 reply

    Thanks so much for this post! I needed to hear this message this morning – especially that failure is a part of the journey!!

  • Beau Milton - October 16, 2017 reply

    Great point on interdependence Brad! We often hear how highly independence is glorified in our society today, love to see the team attitude promoted as well!

  • Andie - October 20, 2017 reply

    Thank you for your perspective Brad, I sometimes forget that those I choose to learn from are also continuing to learn themselves, that is why I choose to learn from them!

  • Karen C. - October 29, 2017 reply

    Great insight on stepping back and allowing others to grow…thanks Brad!

  • Brian Carothers - February 22, 2018 reply

    This is awesome

  • Schelise Romero - February 22, 2018 reply

    Wow! I absolutely agree with all 3 of these Leadership lessons, in fact I am currently working on “Taking a Step Back” with my team and leading from the front so they can develope their own strengths and talents. Brad and Julie are such inspirational, first class leaders. Thank you for the incredible insight on these 3 leadership lessons.

  • Melinda - February 22, 2018 reply

    Great insight and wisdom. Thank you both for all that you do!

  • Melinda - February 22, 2018 reply

    Great insight and wisdom. Thank you!

  • Cheryl kreger - February 22, 2018 reply

    Thank you Brad & Julie for leading and loving us as we fall and get back up.
    Who we are becoming is truly our greatest gift.
    Love you

  • Cassie - February 22, 2018 reply

    Love this! Thank you for sharing!

  • John Van Buren - April 9, 2018 reply

    Brad, You & Tracey have inspired me to get back into The Game….Never Give Up.

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