The Aspiring Leader's Guide to the Future (Clay Scroggins)
Leadership is not what it used to be. Too many leaders today are calibrated for a world that no longer exists. And people are demanding something far different in leaders of today. Like a new house outfitted with the greatest VHS system on the planet, too many leaders address today's problems with the style and substance of yesterday's leadership.
In The Aspiring Leader's Guide to the Future, pastor and author Clay Scroggins uses disarming candor and simplicity while examining nine age-old maxims of what makes a great leader, showing where the old may need updating. Today's leaders rarely feel ready to lead, don't always have the right people on the bus, and are willing to be vulnerable even when they don't have the answers. The way forward requires an understanding of the past, a conviction of what's at stake today, and a vision for how tomorrow will be.
Aspiring Leader - Session 1 - A New World Order
You're a leader (whether you realize it or not), and you're in the fight of your life. The ground keeps shifting. And the target isn't steady either. Nothing is more difficult than leading because there's just no manual for it.
Aspiring Leader - Session 2 - You Don't Have to Know It All to Start Leading
The three most important words for leading in the future are, "I don't know."
Aspiring Leader - Session 3 - Even the GOATs Will Have a Coach
The future will be full of leaders who have coaches. It's now a standard prerequisite for achieving your goals as a leader. Adopt a posture of humility and follow in the footsteps of the GOATs who have gone before you.
Aspiring Leader - Session 4 - Leaders Never Fail--They Have Expensive Learnings
Tomorrow’s leaders cannot be paralyzed or tormented by failure. We have to think differently. We have to see the risk of failure not as something to avoid on our way to the finish line but as its own starting line for whatever race we hope to run.
Aspiring Leader - Session 5 - Be Aware of Weaknesses but Intimate with Strengths
Your strengths aren’t yours to keep. Your weaknesses aren’t yours alone to bear. The more intimately you understand your strengths, the more well equipped you are to serve others. And the quicker you are to acknowledge your weaknesses, the easier it is to ask for help.
Aspiring Leader - Session 6 - Get the Right People on the Bus, and a Few Others
The mantra future leaders should live by: "Don’t dismiss too early. Don’t develop too late. And lead the ones you have until you just can’t anymore."
Aspiring Leader - Session 7 - You Have to Give Trust to Be Trusted
Let’s be leaders who speak not only words that are true and honest but also words that build trust, because the future depends on it—not only the future generations but also the future workforces, workplaces, and work cultures.
Aspiring Leader -Session 8 - Conflict Never Gets Easy, Goes Away, or Feels Great
Lean into conflict for the sake of the other person, for the sake of your own growth and, if nothing else, for the sake of the future leader the world needs you to be.
Aspiring Leader - Session 9 - The Strongest Leaders Will Lead with Vulnerability
Vulnerability is a muscle to be exercised. The more you do it, the stronger you’ll be. Sometimes it will feel too scary and too exposing. But press on! The world needs you—imperfect, honest, willful, and humble.
Aspiring Leader - Session 10 - Success Doesn't Have to Be a Scarce Commodity
When a leader is adept at recognizing success—even in the smallest ways—and then points it out and gives credit where credit is due, that creates a culture of affirmation and confidence, and breeds more success.