Leaders Set the Tone

by  David Greer  |  Self Leadership
Leaders Set the Tone

Today marks the one year anniversary of the launch of my book Wind In Your Sails: Vital Strategies That Accelerate Your Entrepreneurial Success. The first chapter of my book is dedicated to how entrepreneurs achieve their peak performance and how to show up at their best for the people they lead. Leaders really do set the tone.

In the year since publication of Wind In Your Sails, readers have told me that these principles apply to all leaders. Whether you lead a business, corporate team, community group, or how you are a leader as a spouse, parent, or friend. How you show up as a leader each and every day has a massive impact to all of the people around you.

Daily Rhythm

It is your choice how you show up. My Mom told me the basics: get enough sleep, eat enough food, and exercise every day. You know what? My Mom was right. While the idea is simple, we all lose track of this and need to get ourselves back on track to look after ourselves first.

I write and speak about 4 Vital Actions we need to focus on each and every day:

Start: How do you start your day? Is the first thing you do is to get on your smart phone or computer? Most of us need to get grounded first, then eat a proper breakfast. For me, I then exercise. I don’t touch a computer or phone for the first two hours of my day.

Plan: What is your plan for the day? Have you set aside time to look after yourself? Do you make sure that you accomplish one important task that will move you closer to your goals?

Connection: Who do you need to connect with today? What are the critical conversations that must take place during the day? Even the uncomfortable ones.

Finish: How do you finish your day? What slows you down and prepares you for an awesome night’s sleep?

Commit to Change

My challenge to you is what do you need to change to set your leadership tone? In order to make changes in our daily habits, we need to start with one small thing and then commit to changing it every day.

In my presentation Slow Down to Speed Up, I ask audiences to make one change in their day in one of the 4 Vital Actions: Start, Plan, Connection, or Finish. Pick something that is concrete rather than something that is vague. Here is an example conversation that I had at a recent presentation to make a change action specific:

Me: “Who would like to share their commitment?”20160408.feet.walking.english.bay01
Leader: “I will. I do too much for everyone else. I need to look after myself. I will walk more.”
Me: “What does walking more mean to you?”
Leader: “I will go for a walk once a day.”
Me: “When will you go for a walk?”
Leader: “I will go for a walk every day at 8:00.”
Me: “Did you mean 8:00 am or 8:00 pm? How long will you walk?”
Leader: “I will walk every day for the next week at 8:00 am for 30 minutes.”

Who Can Help

As human beings we are funny creatures. Most often we feel we have to do it all ourselves. If you really want to commit to making one daily habit change for the next week, tell someone else and ask them for their help. The leader at my talk was going to ask his wife to remind him at 7:30 am every day that he is committed to going for a walk at 8:00 am. Who can you ask to help you make a change you want to achieve?

Take Action Now

How you show up sets the tone for everyone around you. Focusing on your daily rhythms and making sustained changes in those rhythms will change how you show up. By choosing one simple thing to change at a time and committing to that change for at least a week, you will start showing up differently.

Want to really commit to making a change? All you have to do is click this link and fill out the simple form. Tell me about the change you are committed to and I’ll give you some help.

What are you waiting for?

Which of the four vital actions presents the biggest challenge to you?
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What People Are Saying

Mary C. Schaefer  |  11 Apr 2016  |  Reply

David, congratulations on your one-year anniversary!

I don’t know if you remember, but I had opportunity to be on the receiving end of your coaching sometime last year. You got to the heart of the matter in less that 15 minutes. My takeaway from that one session still influences me today. You are the real deal. But then you knew that :)

My Best,

David Greer  |  11 Apr 2016  |  Reply

Hi Mary,

I very much remember our coaching session and am deeply grateful that it continues to have an impact for you today.

While I may know I’m the real deal it means a lot to me for you to say so. What matters to me is that I’m real for you.



John E. Smith  |  11 Apr 2016  |  Reply

Hi, David:

First, Congratulations on the one-year anniversary:) Hard to believe it’s been that long.

Second, Congratulations on a valuable post and a dandy little list of Vital Actions:)

I have to admit that all of these can challenge me at times, but over the years, I would have to choose “Plan” as the one that is most problematic, especially when connected to getting that one important thing accomplished, as you have done above.

My problem is not that I do not plan, but that I overplan, by creating numerous lists with multiple entries. I can happily lose an entire day, just planning on one front or another.

Shoot, maybe this is really about “Focus” or “Prioritizing” … now you’ve got me analyzing the real problem:)

More seriously, I can plan all I want, but until I choose to make one something The Thing to Get Done Today, I will constantly be distracted by all the glittery things.


David Greer  |  11 Apr 2016  |  Reply

Hi John,

Congratulations–you do better than most on planning.

Yes, we can all get paralyzed and stuck in doing the planning, rather than moving into the actual tasks.

What is one thing you could do every day for the next 7 days to make sure that you DO one important task every day?



John E. Smith  |  11 Apr 2016  |  Reply

I knew you were going to ask me that:) …

Probably concentrate on making use of the group coaching certification course I just started. This would both help me focus my niche more precisely and give me a great start on some actual products (group-based signature programs).

Biggest obstacle: My own tendency to have several fires going at once. Notice I did not say “irons in the fire” … that would be too easy to manage. I have to go for multiple fires and exponentially growing irons all over the place:)


David Greer  |  12 Apr 2016  |  Reply

Hi John,

Sounds like you need to pick your #1 fire.



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