Embrace the paradoxes of leadership to rise to new heights with guest expert Tim Elmore

My Quest for the Best with Bill Ringle

Jul 11 2022 • 35 mins

Tim Elmore, author of The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership: Embracing the Conflicting Demands of Today's Workplace Tim Elmore and Bill Ringle discuss The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership for small business leaders. >>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com  for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth. My Quest for the Best is a top-rated small business podcast with over 300 episodes of thought-provoking and insightful interviews with today's top thought leaders and business experts. Host Bill Ringle’s mission with this show is to provide the strategies, insights, and resources that will unlock the growth potential of your business through these powerful conversations. Interview Insights Top 3 Takeaways Leadership is not a feature but an identity. The fastest way to influence people is through serving and problem-solving. Do not control the outcome. Instead, influence it when you can. Read the Show Notes from this Episode Tim fondly recalls the first time he spoke in front of an audience and shared his appreciation for Sean Mitchell, the man who gave him the opportunity.[01:13] The negatives and the positives of having talent. [03:53] Another great mentor to Tim is John Maxwell, who probably taught them the most critical skill: How to host a difficult conversation. [05:04] Tim defines true leadership, and its complexity or ease varies depending on who we meet. [08:16] Introducing the three buckets of Habitudes: What is in your control, what isn't, and what you can influence. [09:11] Most managers are guilty of confusing the influence bucket with the control bucket. Tim says don't control but influence the outcome. [10:28] CASE: Terry was a leader who is a poster boy of why it is dangerous to lead with too much confidence and no humility. [13:32]: The Dunning-Kruger effect: The dangerous concussion of ignorance mixed with confidence. Tim explains this cognitive bias. [15:30] One man embodiment of a leader is Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy. CASE: Dennis was a Chick-fil-A manager with a drinking problem that affected his workplace. After discovering this, Truett showed the door to Dennis. The door to improvement. Truett is the man who is there for his people. [16:23] Truett Cathy, and Martin Luther King, and how to hand over the reins of leadership like a boss. [19:06] Tim created a new Habitude called clean the windows: Giving your team the freedom to work things their way but making the result you want to be achieved explicit. [24:22] Isaac Newton is a perfect example of achieving exemplary results without supervision. [25:41] My Quest for the Best lightning round begins. [26:50] Expert Bio Dr. Tim Elmore is the founder and CEO of Growing Leaders, an Atlanta-based non‐profit organization that was created to develop emerging leaders. His work grew out of 20 years of serving alongside Dr. John C. Maxwell. Elmore has appeared in The Wall StreetJournal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Psychology Today, and he’s been featured on CNN’sHeadline News and Fox and Friends to talk about leading multiple generations in themarketplace. He has written over 35 books, including Habitudes: Images That Form LeadershipHabits and Attitudes. Contact Info and Social Media for Tim Elmore Primary website Travels from: Peachtree Corners, GA Connect on: Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook Resources Mentioned During the Interview Below are key people, places, books, quotes, websites, and other resources that we discussed, so you can explore further. Truett Cathy John Maxwell Martin Luther King Dunning-Kruger effect Steve Robinson Isaac Newton Published by Tim Elmore