How do you deal with your problems? Do they get you down, or do you take them on and battle? Spend your time productively battling. That is what leaders do.

Are you striving to make a difference, or are you coasting? Is what you do something of significance? Experience a life of purpose and see the fulfillment of your life’s purpose.

How are you filling up the pages of your book of life? Are you creating a positive story, or are you just going through the motions? Leadership is about creating a story that helps others.

Getting to know your teammates is mightily important. Don’t just know them from work, but get to know them outside of work. Spending time with your co-workers creates those bonds that build better teams.

Leaders should be full of tenacity! Work smarter, which leads to solid hard work and great results. Make sure you stand for something and act with absolute integrity. And my favorite, make work a game. Tenacity is fed by natural competition.

Predicament or problem? A problem is something you can do something about. If you can’t do something about it, it’s not a problem, it’s a Predicament. Predicaments are something that must be coped with and endured. Trying to solve a predicament is not possible. It only leads to being frustrated, angry, and depressed. Learn to solve problems and cope with predicaments. This will make you a better leader.

Ideas can turn into all kinds of good things. Creative people come up with all sorts of ideas. Leaders surround themselves with creative people and let their ideas inspire their creativity.

Leaders mentor those around them. By mentoring, we lift up others.

Are you teachable? Or do you know everything? Leaders should have a mindset of teachability. No matter how much you know (or think you know), you can learn from any situation or person you come in contact with.

When starting your day, do you prioritize what you want to accomplish or simply do busy work and the mundane? Put off what doesn’t matter and accomplish the items that make a difference. There is always time to accomplish the little things. (Maybe eliminating Stuff and Time Wasters would be a helpful start to this mindset change).

Leaders acknowledge and appreciate those that have helped them along their personal and career paths. Great leaders take what they acknowledge and appreciate and teach others, and commit themselves to helping create new leaders.

Norman Vincent Peale said, “Positive thinking is how you think about a problem. Enthusiasm is how you feel about a problem. The two together determine what you do about a problem.” If you have a tough problem to deal with, make sure and check your attitude in how you deal with the problem.

Leadership is influence. The old saying more is caught than taught is reality. How do you influence those around you? Are you positive or negative in your approach? Do you smile or scowl? Are you high energy or Eeyore? Think about how you present yourself around those you influence. (Remember, you influence everyone around you!)

People are different than us!! Do you accept that? If not, your form of leadership will likely seem like a dictatorship. Embrace and learn from people’s differences. Understand where they are coming from so that you have a better understanding. Their differences don’t have to be accepted, but listening to and understanding them will make you a better leader and influencer.

Leaders are approachable. Do you allow people to approach you?