This week marked the release of Dan Black’s newest book “The Leadership Mandate”
Dan has been a friend, supporter and encourager in my writing and blogging journey.
I am excited about this book because Dan has not only poured his all into it but because he delves into a subject we are passionate about in this blog.
Developing ourselves to be the best version God created us to be.
Without further ado, here’s my interview with Dan, where he shares his thoughts on self leadership and marriage.
Ngina: Please tell us a little bit about yourself, who is Dan Black?
Dan: I live in sunny San Diego CA with my wife of 6 years and almost 2 year old son. We enjoy going on walks and relaxing at the beach : )
Most of my professional career has been working with adolescents, as a drug & alcohol rehab Case Manager and Behavior Specialist with foster kids.
My desire for working with these youth stems from my background. Growing up I had people who guided and helped me through some difficult times:
Parents separating at age 13, dad suddenly dying when I was 18 years old, and during that time heading down a path that would have ended badly (I believe in either prison or death).
But I had people who saw the potential and pulled that potential out of me. Their examples left a lasting impression on me and now my desire is to help others become better people and leaders.
Ngina: What prompted you to write this book?
Dan: I wrote this book to show everyone (yes, even you) that they are leaders because they have influence with those around them.
Take a second to think about the different areas of your life and you will begin to see that you influence people on a daily basis. In your home, at work, relationships, online activity, and local community.
Since we all have influence, in the book I share about 10 essential elements of influence that allow you to develop the leader within you.
Ngina: I’ve read your thoughts on leadership and the home. One of the things you reiterate is that great leaders are first great leaders at home (marriage and family). Do you mind sharing why leading at home is sometimes a challenge for leaders?
Dan: The fact is when we lead our marriage and home life well, other areas of our life function better.
Still the demand of leadership – energy, time, and effort – can cause us to overlook our family and home life.
Even the best intentioned and family focused leaders are tempted in overextend themselves at work. This causes them to give their family left over time and energy.
Personally, one way I guard against over extending myself on my work and online platform is to plan and schedule family time, placing it as one of my top priorities.
I arrive home from work around 5:45PM and once I get home, most nights are spent with my family: helping pick up around the house, playing with my son, cooking dinner, going on a family walk.
I spend a few hours writing and growing my online platform after they go to bed. At least once a week, I unplug from writing/my computer to spend quality time with my family and also relax from the previous busy days.
Ngina: I believe all of us are influences and in the book you talk about the foundation for positive influence being based on one’s ability to lead and manage one-self. Can you explain a little?
Dan: Great question! You won’t be able to positively impact or influence others if you are not able to lead yourself well.
People first look at your example, attitude, and actions before choosing to follow you or not.
If they see that you are able to lead yourself successfully they will have the confidence to know that you will be able to lead them well.
Ngina: When it comes to achieving goals, some of us are either goal driven or growth driven. Is one better than the other?
Dan: Goals are important if we want to achieve anything significant.
But they should not be our main focus. So often we strive so hard to reach a goal and once we achieve it we then settle or plateau.
But if we make personal growth our driving force, that growth will continually push us to new and better goals while at the same time preparing us for the future.
You can read more on this in my post Why a Leader Should be Growth Driven not Goal Driven.
Dan is offering great bonuses if you purchase his book between September 30th and October 7th 2013. Check them out here
To be eligible for the bonuses, just purchase the book and then forward (email) your receipt to Dan at email@example.com.
Thanks for hanging out with us Dan!
Don’t forget to pick up Dan’s book on Amazon!
Disclosure: I got this book for free as part of Dan Black’s launch team. I was not otherwise compensated and these are not affiliate links.
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