Building Leadership Skills: Bigger Game

Posted by Andrea Hopke on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

Are you building leadership skills by playing a Bigger Game? What is the nature of a Bigger Game and those who play a Bigger Games?

Quick Quiz:  True or False?

To Be a Bigger Game Player in Business:

1. I need to change the world

2. I must give up everything I'm doing now

3. I have to be the CEO of a company

4. I have to sacrifice income for impact

5. I have to gain 20 pounds

6. I have to do it alone

Fortunately, they're all FALSE!! Although several CEO's we're tracking definitely are bigger game players, you don't have to own the company to have the big impact a bigger game creates. Watch this short video to see the impact of Johnny the Bagger.

Here's the truth:

The definition of a Bigger Game Player is someone who:

  • Sees (and will seize!) opportunities to positively impact the community she touches
  • Understands that his solitary and sole success is not the point 
  • Is driven by an internal passion for creating something new
  • Currently works at any level within an organization
  • Starts where they aretheir organization, community, skills, observations, yearnings
  • Recognizes they can't do it aloneit's bigger than one person alone can create

cc_bigger_game_building_leadership_skillsAt the centerpiece of the game board is Bold Action. By design, each of the other 8 squares on the game board touches the middle square: Bold Action. The Bigger Game is more about the journey, a series of actions prompted by each of the squares and less about focusing exclusively on the outcome. The way to building leadership skills and achieving the compelling purpose is through awareness of the elements in each square and the Bold Action necessary to keep moving forward.

What bold action could you take today to explore your Bigger Game?

What is your natural propensity for boldness? 

Who do you know who's playing a bigger game—stretching beyond their comfort zones, building allies, taking bold action and finding ways to sustain the positive momentum? We would love to hear your stories.

See our previous bigger game blogs here.

"Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes over night. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Topics: leadership development, bigger game, Emotional Intelligence

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