Whether you recognize it or not, you shape the outcome in your company. You are the single most important pivotal element in your organization. I find I have to constantly remind myself of that, because, well, "I'm just me." You look at the greatest leaders (dead or alive) and it's easy to forget that every great leader started just as you have today. Greatness is not something that just happens; it's incredibly intentional.

That's why I was thrilled to connect with Mindy Hall, author of Leading with Intention: Every Moment Is a Choice. If you haven't read her book, I highly recommend it--especially if you are currently or aspire to one-day be a leader. Mindy's book is a fast read, her concepts are spot on and her exercises are simple, yet effective. While this article will in no way do justice to her book, I'd like to share some of the central ideas that really struck a chord with me.

Every Moment Is a Choice
Growth Is a Process, Not An Event
Every Action Has an Impact
The Behavior Ripple Effect Starts with You
People Listen Deeper to What You DO (vs. What You Say)
The Environment You Create Matters
Expectation Shapes Reality
Eradicating Your Limiting Beliefs

The bottom line is that if you want to be a great leader, you need to be more intentional about how you are with other people. If you accept that "Every Moment Is a Choice," then being self-aware and noticing how you are behaving in the moment is a really important leadership skill that most of us have not mastered ... yet. If you agree with these ideas, I highly recommend that you pick up Mindy Hall's book Leading with Intention and take massive action on her recommended exercises.

Published on: May 4, 2015