7 Leadership Principles: Michael Hyatt

This morning I was listening to the latest episode of Michael Hyatt and Michele Cushatt’s, “This Is Your Life” podcast. As I was listening, they drilled down on a handful of leadership principles and theories that I began to fall highly in favor of. Here are a few points worth highlighting:

1. Seek Significance:

If we have a dream that is significant, it takes a team. If our dream doesn’t require a team, then we’re not thinking or dreaming big enough.

2. Trade Safety For Extraordinary: 

Playing it safe never translates to extraordinary leadership. Risk on the other hand gives us great opportunity for extraordinary leadership if we know how to make the most of our opportunities.

3. Be Whole Apart From Our Role:

Our position is a role, not an identity. When we look for a position to complete us or to give us an identity or significance, we are already setting ourselves up to be unsatisfied. It’s important for us to know that we are whole apart from our “role.” 

4. Practice Self-Leadership:

Self-leadership precedes team leadership. We don’t have the right or the ability to lead others until we can lead ourselves. 

5. Create Happiness:

Happy employees make for happy customers. Happy customers make for happy investors. Happy investors make for happy CEO’s.

6. Sharpen Our Saw:

We have to take care of ourselves by making our emotional, spiritual, and physical health a priority. We must sharpen our saw and develop the skills that we need prior to fulfilling our dream position. The world is in need of better leaders who are purposed to be one.

Be sure to check out Michael’s newest book, “Living Forward” to begin living a life of passion, purpose, and intention!


(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Educator, and Music Publisher. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

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