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8 Things Every Leader Should Have

Catalyst Director Brad Lomenick recently shared a list of eight things that every leader should have on his blog. We’d like to know—which ones do you have? Which ones are you missing? And, what would you add to the list?  

1. A Moleskine notebook to write down your thoughts.

2. A Google Reader account that lets you track/read tons of blogs and content feeds.

3. Subscriptions to magazines, industry newsletters, newspapers, etc. Fast Company, Neue, Relevant, Leadership, GOOD and Fortune are a few of my favorites.

4. A simple system for getting things done. Recommend you check out Scott Belsky’s book Making Ideas Happen and also The Action Method.

5. Evernote for capturing ideas either on your phone or on your computer. Any time an idea comes up, wherever I am I can capture it on Evernote.

6. A Flip cam for capturing great moments on video, or a Smart Phone that has video capability.

7. Consistent exercise regiment. Work out, run, lift, hike, etc on a regular basis. You have to have energy to lead.

8. A place to think, dream, get away, and refresh. This might be a condo on the beach, or a cabin in the mountains, or a duck blind in the marsh of Arkansas (that’s me!). But have somewhere that you can intentionally get away and think/dream without distractions. You don’t need to own these places…. Leaders always have friends and connections with folks who are more than willing to let you use them.

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Brad Lomenick is Executive Director and key Visionary of Catalyst, a movement of young leaders. Over the last 15 years, he has built a reputation as a key networker and convener of leaders. Prior to running Catalyst, Brad was involved in the growth of the nationally acclaimed Life@Work Magazine and did management consulting with Cornerstone Group. More recently he has served in a number of roles for INJOY and now GiANT Impact. For several years after college, he rode horses for a living on a ranch in Colorado, and was even struck by lightning while installing a barbed wire fence, which some believe has given him powers equal to several of the Super Heroes. He hopes maybe someday he can be a professional golfer, or have his own hunting show.