Can YOU become a leader people actually want to follow, not just a leader people follow because they think they have to.
A humble leader acknowledges that they can succeed only with the help of others. Humility draws people to you not because you have all the answers, but because you recognize how much you can learn from others.
Having a vision is good, and having a purposeful vision inspires others to work toward that purpose. When you have a vision worth following, you have a group of people that stays focused and do what it takes to be successful.
Leaders must hold themselves accountable for their actions; they don’t blame others when things don’t go right. Be accountable for your actions and always remember that the decisions you make affect not only your own life but the lives of others as well.
Leaders set the tone for how others conduct themselves. If you are not consistent, those around you follow that cue. If you are not reliable, others feel uncomfortable and tentative. It is the essence of consistency that makes others want to emulate you.
Great leaders are of service, because at the heart of their leadership they know the true VALUE of others. Always follow the Golden Rule and treat others as you would wish to be treated.
Great leaders understand the importance of personal connection and attention. Show you care with everything you say and do, and let people know they matter. Listen to them, talk to them, provide them with feedback.
Loyalty starts with building relationships based on respect. Show those around you know how much you respect them and their work.
Great leaders are invariably good communicators. They know how to engage others in conversations that strengthen relationships to generate results. But developing good communication skills takes work, so make the most of every conversation and communication.
People want to follow leaders who are trustworthy—those whose behavior is genuine and who never leave others guessing. Make sure people can rely on you to be fair and consistent.
Being a leader carries a lot of responsibility. Often there’s too much to do in very little time. That’s why consistently following through is so important. If you say you will do something, do it. If you promise something, deliver. Remember people are counting on you.
It’s easy to allow leadership to be frittered away by complications. We must simply. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin
“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.”
“Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.”
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“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
—Alice in Wonderlandby Lewis Carroll
We often forget how far we have come. Use Alice’s wise words as encouragement to keep going.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
—The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald
Contrary to Alice’s motto of looking forward, Fitzgerald reminds us to remember our pasts as we progress into the future.
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
—Paradise Lost by John Milton
Remember to stay in the present and live in the world immediately around you–not in your thoughts.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. Tolkien
If you feel lost, confused, and like you’re running in circles, fret not. You can wander for a reason, even if just to find yourself.
“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.”
—Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Life will throw us curveballs. There’s no reason we can’t catch them and keep running.
“Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.”
— Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
A daily reminder that wallowing never gets you anywhere that exactly where you already are.
“It is better to look at the sky than live there.”
—Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Dreaming is an easy way out of real life. We need to remind ourselves of that when our heads start drifting up into the clouds.
“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”
— Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy echoes the Buddhist philosophy of achieving nirvana right where we are.
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
— The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Don’t undermine your efforts. You never know whose lives they might be changing.
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
— Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Rowling gently reminds us that we are defined by nothing but what we choose.
“My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”
— David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Waste no time, but enjoy every moment to live the fullest life you can every single second.