Leader – the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country
How often have we heard the term “born leader”? Truth be told, this term is a misnomer. Leaders are not born. Yes, some men have leadership characteristics that come naturally to them, but leaders are forged. So this begs the question: How is a leader forged? How can a “regular guy” learn to become a leader?
In this episode of Untaming Masculinity, Dan and Brad are joined by their good friend Steve Baumgartner. Steve is the host of The Fire Forged Leader Podcast, a husband, a father, a son of God, and a man who has forged himself into a leader over a two-decade career. In this fantastic, wide-ranging conversation, Steve talks about his difficult upbringing, which led him down a path filled with bad decisions. He shares in great detail his “Prodigal Son” moment, where he was staring down thirty years in prison as a 22-year-old father of three, and how he used that moment to rebuild his life and get himself started on a path of forged leadership.
In Steve’s podcast, he describes a Fire Forged leader as a leader who is forged through heat, pressure, and a whole lot of sweat. He discusses some of the sweat equity needed to excel in leadership both at home and in the workplace. He and the guys provide several examples of how successful leaders operate in the workplace, and what distinguishes a great leader from a mediocre one.
Every man has the ability to lead within his sphere of influence, whether that is in the workplace, at home, or elsewhere. This conversation is of value for anyone, with actionable tactics and strategies you can start applying today.