When I was much younger, I was what you would call an extreme extrovert. Myers Briggs showed my “E” was almost as high as you could go. If I went into a small restaurant, I almost felt uncomfortable unless I introduced myself to everyone else in the room. I wanted to know everyone. All of my energy came from other people—listening to their stories, learning what made them who they were.
I married someone who was the complete opposite. My wife was an introvert. We would go to a social event, and I would come home exhilarated while she would be exhausted. It’s not that she didn’t love people. It was just that she tired out around too many people. She needed alone time. She preferred one-on-one versus huge gatherings.
I’ve heard many successful relationships are built on differing qualities. “Opposites attract” is the old saying. If that’s true, the couples I’ve studied who have been together for many years generally start to inherit qualities from each other.
In the United States, this is Memorial Day weekend. We remember those who have served our nation who have paid the highest sacrifice. We thank all of the veterans who have given of themselves to serve the country.
It’s also a time to reflect on our country. Though we have challenges, we are still a blessed nation.
Local artist Beau Davidson is releasing his powerful new video “Blessed” this weekend. When he shared it with me, I was so moved that I just had to share it with you. Please take a few minutes this weekend and watch it and share it with others.
After watching the video, I had the following Q&A session with Beau.
“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” Frank Herbert
Today I’m announcing personal news. I am stepping down from my role as CEO of Ingram Content Group and turning over the leadership reins to John Ingram.
Five years ago, I joined Ingram in large part because I was excited about the possibilities ahead for the company. Excited to work with John Ingram, I signed up to accomplish certain goals, and those goals have all been met one by one.
The subtitle of the book sums it up well: “A step by step guide for anyone with something to say or sell.” It’s a book for small business owners who need to increase their visibility. It’s a book for aspiring authors who want to publish and sell their book. It’s a book for anyone who needs to differentiate a product or service and stand out using modern technology.
Michael wrote it because, as a publisher, he would turn away excellent work because the prospective author didn’t have a platform. Where “Content is king,” he says, “A platform is queen.” He wanted to write a book that would help people build their own platform.
Michael Hyatt is the Chairman of Thomas Nelson. In addition, he is a New York Times best-selling author, a speaker, and a personal friend of mine. He also runs a hugely popular leadership blog, which consistently is ranked among the top in the world.
A few days ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Michael about what he has learned about leaders from his storied career and his social networking experiences.
5 Characteristics of Authentic Leaders
Michael explained the five characteristics of authentic leaders: