L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #121: The Habits and Disciplines of Great Leaders

In this episode, you’ll hear a talk Doug Smith gave at our L3 Leadership Beaver County breakfast. He spoke on the habits and disciplines of great leaders.

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #121: The Habits and Disciplines of Great Leaders

L3 Leadership Podcast: The Habits and Disciplines of Great Leaders
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Resource: Today Matters by John Maxwell
Thesis: We exaggerate yesterday, we overestimate tomorrow, and we under underestimate today.
The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.” -John C. Maxwell
Resource: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhig
Resource: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Covey
Daily we are either preparing or repairing. -John Maxwell 
We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. Jim Rohn
The Habit Poem 
I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them – quickly and correctly. I am easily managed – you must be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically. I am the servant of great people, and alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am I? I am Habit.
Leaders Spend Time with God
“Leadership is never about the spotlight. Your stage time can never exceed your prayer time.” -Gerald Brooks
Leaders Determine and Prioritize their Values 
Resource: Michael Hyatt – Creating a Life Plan
Resource: Necessary Endings 
Leaders Keep their Goals and Vision in front of them
“Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.
This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. -Habakkuk 2:2-3
Leaders Plan their Days, Weeks, Months, and Years 
Key Thought: Never Begin the Day Until it is Finished on Paper -Jim Rohn
Do reviews: Daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually!
  • What does your ideal day look like?
    • What needs done this month?
    • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Ideal week?
    • What needs done this month?
    • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Ideal month? 
    • What needs done this month?
    • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Ideal year? 
    • Do you want to vacation?
    • What do you want to have accomplished?
    • What conferences do you want to go to?
    • What bucket list items do you want to check off?
Leaders Schedule Execution Time 
    • 3 hours of execution a week on one of your major goals
    • Not doing stuff that is maintaining, but moving the ball forward
Leaders Make the Most of The Golden Hour(s) 
Key Principle: Leaders make the most out of the hours most people waste!
Leaders Grow Daily 


How do they Grow:
  • They consume great content daily – books, podcasts, conversations, experiences
  • Leaders Focus on Self-Awareness – Leading themselves
    • Self-Awareness Is Your Most Important Attribute.-Gary Vanyerchuk
  • Leaders get Coached Daily – Who is coaching you? Stretching you? Who are you mimicking?
  • They are always networking 
    • *Never Waste a lunch – Tom Peters
  • They are in Mastermind Groups – Peer to Peer coaching
  • They Lead Everyday
    • Always be leading something! -Bill Hybels
    • They lead, they work, they hustle, they execute!
Leaders Show-up Every-Day 
80% of success is showing-up – Woody Allen!
Success is not a secret: Show-up, Show Up on TIme, Show up Prepared, Show up to do your best, show up and do it for Jesus. -Gerald Brooks
Leaders Steward their Money Well 
Resource: Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace
The lack of money is the root of all evil. -Mark Twain
  • We’re not money motivated, we’re lack of money motivated
Great leaders pursue their Purpose over Your Money
A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men. Proverbs 18:16
Matthew 6:33 – Seek first the Kingdom, and all these thigns will be added to you!
Leaders Stay in Shape 
“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” -Dahli Lama
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~ Jim Rohn
Nothing tastes as good as fit feels – Tony Robbins
Henry Cloud says, “Where your maturity isn’t good enough to sustain you, bring in an external force!”
Leaders Reflect 
  • Experience isn’t the best teacher, evaluated experience is! -John Maxwell 
Leaders Add Value to People Daily 
“I want to make a difference, doing something that makes a difference, at a time that makes a difference, with people making a difference.” -John Maxwell
What are you doing to add value to people everyday? 
Leaders Rest
Principle: Leaders divert daily, withdraw weekly, and abandon annually. -Rick Warren


  • Mastermind Groups – We have weekly webinars about Mastermind groups every Tuesday night from 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. .  E-mail Doug at dougsmith@l3leadership.org if you are interested.
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