Liberator 022: How to Lead Your Team Members Towards Growth

When it comes to leading well, there is responsibility that falls on both the leader and the employee or team member. In this episode, Steve and Jeremie discuss how to lead others well on the leadership journey.
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Liberator 021: 5 Ideas for Investing in Your Team

In Episode #21 of the Liberator Podcast, Jeremie and Steve discuss how leaders can invest in their teams to create a healthy culture of empowerment and growth.  Read more

One Quality Every Great Leader Shares


It’s a term you hear all the time. People talk about good leaders and bad leaders, incompetent leaders and absent leaders, but how often do we dive into the specifics of what it means to be a good leader?

Not often. Leadership is a common topic, but its core competencies are rarely identified or defined.

Note: We discussed Liberating Leadership in a recent podcast episode. To listen to it on iTunes, click here and subscribe to stay up to date. Or, you can read more here.

Leaders Worth Following

Here at GiANT Worldwide, we strive to help people all over the world become what we like to call “leaders worth following.” The key distinction here is the idea of leaders “worth” following versus leaders people “have to” follow.

If we use the “have to follow” criteria, then there are plenty of leaders out there. Anyone with a title and a taskmaster attitude can technically be called a leader. But we believe leaders can be more than that. Moreover, we believe true leaders should be more than that. We believe they should be worth following because others want to – because they inspire, encourage, and challenge others to become the best versions of themselves.

So, what does it look like to be a leader worth following?

The Liberating Leader

It’s easiest to explain with a tool called the “Support-Challenge Matrix.” The Support-Challenge Matrix works on the idea that the best leaders are those who calibrate a healthy level of both support and challenge for their team. We call these people “Liberating Leaders,” or “Liberators.” This means the leader knows when to bring an appropriate level of support – encouragement, training, resources, etc. – but also when to call their people up to a higher level of work or conduct. This “challenge” entails bringing accountability, standards, deadlines, and when appropriate, reprimand, to the table. The resulting environment is a culture of empowerment where people are challenged to be the best they can be, while also receiving the opportunity to be stretched beyond their comfort zone for the sake of personal and professional growth.

Leaders who intentionally cultivate such an environment are fighting for the highest possible good in the lives of all those they lead.

That is the holy grail. Our ambition is to be those people in every circle of influence, whether that’s with our family, our friends, our teams, our organizations, or even our leadership roles in the wider community.

The Journey Ahead

But leadership is an on-going, day-to-day journey. Sometimes we exhibit liberator tendencies at work, whereas other days we may act more like a dominator in the wider organization, a protector with our team, or an abdicator at home.

We will dive deeper into the Support-Challenge Matrix in later posts to uncover what it means to lean towards Dominator, Abdicator, and Protector tendencies, but for now, we wanted to introduce you to the idea of the Liberating Leader.

If we had to sum it up in two sentences:

Ultimately, the Liberating Leader is someone who cultivates an intentional process of self-awareness and personal growth, while applying their knowledge to fight for the highest possible good in the lives of all those they lead. This means effectively calibrating high support and high challenge for everyone in their circles of influence, including self, family, team, organization, and community.

The path to becoming a liberator is difficult, but it is also incredibly rewarding. We look forward to walking with you on that journey as we delve deeper into the core principles of leadership in the coming weeks and months.

Liberator 020: How to Trade Up and Live More Intentionally

In Episode #20 of the Liberator Podcast, Jeremie and Steve discuss how leaders can “trade up” with their time and activity and start living more intentionally. Read more

Self Preservation

Liberator 019: Leadership & the Danger of Self-Preservation

In Episode #19 of the Liberator Podcast, Jeremie and Steve discuss one of the largest issues that leaders face: self-preservation. Learn why this is dangerous and 3 questions you can use to identify and overcome your own self-preservation to become a better and more effective leader. Read more

Liberator 018: Leading in the Midst of Stress

In Episode #18 of the Liberator Podcast, Jeremie and Steve use a practical and live example of how being sick can create stress and the importance of learning how to lead in the midst of it. They connect the 5 Voices into the conversation and show you how your personality and wiring affect the way you handle stress.

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Liberator 017: A GiANT Guide to the New Year 2017

New Year’s represents a new start. Most of us will evaluate our strengths and weaknesses. We make our resolutions and start our workout programs.

In episode #17 of the Liberator Podcast, Jeremie and Steve share some big ideas for your future as a leader and help you kick off the year with a GiANT Guide to the New Year. Click below to listen to the episode and be sure to download the GiANT Guide to the New Year PDF. Read more

Year-End Review

Liberator 016: 7 Questions for Your Year-End Review

As the year comes to a close, it’s always a great idea to do a year-end review.

In episode #16 of the Liberator Podcast, Jeremie and Steve come to you from their strategic review and planning week with questions that you can use in your own year-end review process. Read more

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Liberator 015: Leadership in the Digital Age

What does leadership in the digital age require? How are millennial’s wired?

In episode #15 of the Liberator Podcast, Jeremie and Steve discuss the 3 major challenges of leadership in the new digital world. Read more

Liberator 014: How Each Leadership Voice Can Be More Present & Productive with the 5 Gears

Each Leadership Voice has a unique set of skills and tendencies. When it comes to emotional intelligence, connectivity and being productive, each person has behavior that is actually pretty predictable.

In episode #14 of the Liberator Podcast, Jeremie and Steve unpack each of the 5 Voices and how you can begin using the 5 Gears system to increase your influence. Read more