Leadership Field Notes with Doug Smith

June 26th, 2020

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You’re in for a real treat today!

This episode is packed with leadership value for you.

Doug Smith is Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission, and Founder/President at L3 Leadership, and organization that exists to  build and develop a community of leaders.

My conversation with Doug is the first in a series of in-depth leadership conversations we’ll be having.

Top 10 Leadership Insights from my conversation with Doug Smith

1. Leadership is influence.

2. Everyone is a leader and everyone has to grow to maximize leadership impact.

3. Leadership is about people. If the people aren’t better as a result of your presence, you’re not leading well.

4. Leading is challenging. As John Maxwell says, “If you’re a leader, there will never be two easy consecutive days in your live.”

5. If you wouldn’t follow yourself, why would you expect others to follow you?

6. The power of “just relaxing” in your leadership.

7. Telling people what you think they want to hear isn’t leadership. You have to care enough to be candid, even when the feedback might hurt a little.

8. In leadership, character trumps skill all day long.

9. The most influential leaders love people, but they don’t depend on being loved by people.

10. If you’re going to grow as a leader, you’re going to have to take risks. You’ll fail sometimes, but that’s ok. That’s part of the process.

There’s so much more in this episode than what I’ve outlined here. I guarantee you’ll get a ton of value out of this conversation today!

You can download the full show notes here. 

FREE RESOURCE: In our conversation, Doug mentions that his team at Light of Life uses a resource called The Information Wheel from The Wellock Group. You can get more information about this tool by contacting Rick Wellock ( or Amy Staggs ( .

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