10 Unstoppable Qualities of Difference Makers

Thank you to the American Academy of Family Physicians for the incredible privilege of presenting at this years Leadership Conference!

I loved their theme, “The Leader Within Me Is…” Each member filled in the blank over the course of the week— fearless, proactive, gracious, bold, revolutionary, personable, compassionate, and warm. It was an extraordinary week filled with learning and networking.

My two contributions came on Friday as I spoke on “How Leaders Perform Best Under Pressure” and “Unleash the Leader Inside of You!”

I challenged these gifted and dedicated Physicians to make the most of their leadership and significant calling but to also fall “back in love” with what they do.

My challenge to you is to be a leader (or Physician) that…

  • Says, “I want to make a real difference”
  • Does something that makes a difference
  • Surrounds him/herself with people who make a difference

What are you doing to be a real “difference maker” daily?

Don’t ever get diluted into thinking your influence is not “that significant.” I ultimately believe we are called to change lives one at a time.

Here are 10 high impact qualities of difference makers:

  • Think of others first
  • Think beyond your self-interest
  • Build a fire of passion and compassion
  • Build a team that compliments your gifts in order to multiply your impact
  • Be positive, optimistic, and contagious
  • Be active. not passive
  • Stand out by serving
  • Treat each day as God’s gift to you
  • Be a difference maker
  • Fall back in love with what you do

To the great Family Physicians who show us compassion and hope, this is to you! To those Physicians who showed me their passion, dedication, and vulnerability. I say, “thank you” for making a big difference, daily!


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Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.