In this episode of the Built for the Trades channel, the focus is on continuously improving leadership skills. The distinction between leading and managing is highlighted, with leadership emphasized as being about influence rather than just accountability. Viewers are encouraged to understand that leadership goes beyond formal management roles and involves how one carries themselves and influences others. As John Maxwell succinctly puts it, “leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.” Don’t forget to engage with the channel by liking, subscribing, and sharing this valuable content with others who could benefit from it.



Dowdy suggests fixing one’s mindset by embracing lifelong learning and learning from both positive and negative experiences. He introduces the concept of categorizing improvements into four areas (Faith, Family, Finance, Fitness) and encourages viewers to establish habits to support growth in these areas. Additionally, creating a strong why and having an accountability partner are highlighted as crucial for maintaining motivation and consistency.

The importance of embracing progress over perfection and viewing challenges as opportunities for growth is emphasized. Dowdy concludes by reminding viewers that leadership development is a journey and encourages them to take action on the strategies discussed. Finally, he encourages engagement with the channel by liking, subscribing, and sharing the video.

Overall, Dowdy stresses that leadership isn’t about achieving perfection but about continuous growth and improvement, and by incorporating these strategies, viewers can enhance their leadership skills and lead with purpose.


Strategies for continuously improving your leadership skills:

  • Fix Your Mindset:
    • Leadership growth is a lifelong journey; there’s no final destination.
    • Wake up with the intention to grow because if you’re not progressing, you’re regressing.
    • Embrace learning from both positive and negative experiences.
  •    Categorize Improvements into 4 F’s:
    •  Faith, Family, Finance, Fitness.
    •  Decide which area of your life you’re focusing on improving.
    •  Be intentional about your growth in that area.
    •  Establish habits to support your improvement efforts.
  • Create a Strong Why:
    • Motivation is fleeting; you need a compelling reason to persist.
    • Implement systems to support your goals, like prepping for the gym or scheduling financial meetings.
    • Have an accountability partner. 
  • Embrace Progress Over Perfection:
    • Accept that mistakes will happen; it’s how you respond that counts.
    • Let go of past setbacks and focus on moving forward with purpose.
  • Embrace Challenges: 
    • View challenges and setbacks as opportunities for growth rather than obstacles. 
    • Adopt a growth mindset that encourages continuous learning and improvement.

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