The Two Most Important Words That Determine Life of a Leader

Are you driven by fear or faith? In general, leaders today are faced with a life of scarcity or abundance. They live and lead saying “no,” meaning they stay where it’s safe. Leaders who say “yes” are willing to try the new approach.

One of my favorite quotes that always makes me smile is by Tina Fey, “Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterwards.”

What does it look like to be a “no” leader?
  • You stop just prior to the new opportunity
  • You stay safe because when you say no, you don’t have to risk or try the new
  • Saying “no” feels secure; fear is a nice retreat that keeps you from potential failure
  • It’s filled with “no seekers” where the masses and followers hangout.
What does it look like to be a “yes” leader?
  • It is exhilarating! In 1961, John F. Kennedy said, “We chose to go to the moon in this decade and do other things, not because they are are easy, but because they are hard.”
  • Saying “yes” creates an abundance mindset, not scarcity or small but enlarging and expanding.
  • Saying “yes” creates high expectation. No one is inspired by low expectation, set a high bar!
  • “Yes” is deeply rewarding and fulfilling
Go for the gold and create a winning mentality! Say “yes” to something this week and feel the surge of energy!

Here’s to your “yes!”

– Steve

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About the Author

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.