THE LAW OF PRIORITIES
When we are busy, we naturally believe that we are achieving. But busyness does not equal productivity. Activity is not necessarily accomplishment. Prioritizing requires leaders to continually think ahead, to know what’s important, to know what’s next, to see how everything relates to the overall vision.
•What Is Required? What must I do that nobody can or should do for me?
• What Gives the Greatest Return?
Work in your areas of greatest strength. Is there something you’re doing that can be done 80 percent as well by someone else? If so, delegate it.
• What Brings the Greatest Reward? Life is too short not to do some things you love.
What energizes you and keeps you passionate?
—The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
TODAY GIVE YOUR TIME ONLY TO THINGS THAT PASS THE REQUIREMENT, RETURN, REWARD TEST.
1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” –Mary Tyler Moore
“Someday is not a day of the week.” –Janet Dailey
“More men have become great through practice than by nature.” –Democritus
Daily Leaders Leading Leaders
Robert K. Greenleaf coined the term “servant leadership” in the modern corporate setting when he wrote these famous words in his legendary essay The Servant as Leader, published in 1970. He said:
The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.
Back to the Quote (and Why It’s So Important)
Looking at the quote again, notice that Greenleaf said, “It begins with the natural feeling that … ” In other words, it comes from within–from deep inside you, which is ingrained in your whole being. As a leader adapts a mindset to “serve first,” “conscious choice” kicks in. It’s intentional and actionable to “aspire to lead” in this manner.
This leadership approach is designed for both head and heart to be in the game. And this is partly the reason why so many never attempt it, or try and fail miserably at servant leadership. It’s leadership by character, and not every person is equipped to meet the high expectations that servant leadership demands.
Think about it: “The servant-leader is servant first.”
When you serve first, it’s for the other person’s benefit. It requires the best leaders to focus their attention away from themselves and put the spotlight on their employees — growing and empowering them first. Greenleaf noticed that these leaders got the best out of their employees; they were more motivated, creative, and productive and that led to great business results.
The Doormat Perception
There’s so much tension in the paradox of the term “servant leadership.” The words servant and leader are usually thought of as being opposites. And the term is tremendously counterintuitive in today’s command-and-control leadership structures, which wrongly perceive servant leaders as doormats.
But in reality, servant leaders lead with authority, but they do so by supporting the employees from the bottom up. They demand excellence and hold employees accountable for success and high performance. They can be tough…