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May 2021

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www.canadianlawyermag.com 39 Growth, growth, growth I hear the word "growth" over and over again from every single leader and company we work with. Why? Because whatever the current growth rate, it could always be better, and our investors, owners and highly driven people simply want more. This makes leaders feel like they are being Soon after a high performer is put into a position of being responsible for other people, the reality sets in that it's not easy. It's hard because no longer do you get to think about yourself all the time — you are required to think about others and what's in their best interest before your own John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a full-service organizational health company whose mission is to turn managers into leaders and create healthier places to work. He is a speaker, host of the Follow My Lead podcast, and author of F.M.L.: Standing Out & Being a Leader and the upcoming book The Welder Leader. For more, visit learnloft.com pulled in in two widely different directions. On one hand, there's the expectation of immediate results and the mindset of profit over people. On the other hand, there's the long game, where their primary focus is on the people they lead. If this is a struggle for you, I loved the idea Marcel Schwantes shared on the "Follow My Lead" podcast about servant leadership: "There is nothing soft about serving and impacting others at work, because when you do, you get results." Add all this up and it's simply true. Being a leader in today's work environment is harder than ever before, but that's the best part. With the right mindset, behaviours and long-term view on your career, you can become the leader people want to follow. When this begins to happen, your career will have purpose and meaning you have never ever felt before.

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