How to Be a Balanced Leader



One of the most important skills we need to learn as leaders is how to balance things effectively. This week I have the perfect guest to help us with that: keynote speaker and author Rocky Romanella.

On today’s podcast:

  • We’re all leaders
  • What is balanced leadership?
  • What are you trying to accomplish?
  • We need to think about our legacy

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We’re all leaders

Rocky believes that we’re all leaders. Sometimes we can get caught up in titles, but at the end of the day we’re all leaders at one time or another.

For him, leadership is leaving things a little better than you’ve found them. Are people better after they’ve interacted with you? Then you’re a leader.

What is balanced leadership?

Rocky noticed that great leaders always keep things in balance. Extremes are generally no good on either side. So how do you find this balance?

When you swing one way too far as a company or a leader, you get out of balance. Rocky began to develop the concept of balanced leadership.

Every time you need to make a decision, challenge yourself with three questions:

  • Am I thinking like a customer?
  • Will my people understand the role that they play and why we’re doing what we’re doing?
  • Am I acting like an owner?

What are you trying to accomplish?

Ask yourself “What is it that I’m trying to accomplish? What are the things that are important to me?”

Each one of us show take inventory of three key things:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I stand for?
  • What won’t I compromise?

Great leaders understand how to accept and handle bad news, they know when to apologize and when to move forward.

We need to think about our legacy

As a leader, you have to believe in your people many times until they’re ready to believe in themselves.

For Rocky, leadership is ultimately about legacy. Things are better because of you and people will remember you for the good things you’ve left behind.


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