“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
When times are tough, uncertainty is high, and chaos threatens to overwhelm everyone, followers need a clear picture from their leaders the most.
The DRIVE they see in their leader produces energy, passion, and motivation to keep going.
We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”
Neal A. Maxwell
Followers are always watching what you do. Just as children watch their parents and emulate their behavior, so do employees watching their bosses. People do what people see.
It’s easier to teach what’s right than to do what’s right.
Nothing is more confusing than people who give good advice but set a bad example.
I would say a related thought is also true:
Nothing is more convincing than people who give good advice and set a good example.
We should work on changing ourselves before trying to improve others. A great danger to good leadership is the temptation to try to change others without first making changes to yourself.
The most valuable gift a leader can give is being a good example. Leadership is more caught than taught. How does one “catch’ leadership? By watching good leaders in action!
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.
Sometimes you have to not just dream about what could be – you get out and push and you pull and you preach. And you create a climate and environment to get those in high places, to get men and women of good will in power to act.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Leaders Leading Leaders
The Carpenter’s House
An elderly carpenter was about to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife, enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. His contractor was sorry to see his good worker go. He asked the carpenter to build just one more house before retiring. The carpenter accepted, even though he didn’t really want to do so. His heart was not in his work anymore. He put in a half-hearted effort, taking shortcuts and using inferior building materials. The quality of the finished building was much below his usual standards.
When the project finished, the contractor came to see the house. He took a look around, then he took out the front-door key and handed it to the contractor. “My friend, this house is yours. This is my gift to you as a thank you for all these years of hard work.” The contractor said.
The old man was shocked and embarrassed. If only he had known, things would have been done in a different way. He would have taken care of every detail and this house would be the most beautiful house that he’d ever built.
Like the old carpenter, many of us do not give the job our best effort. Then we find ourselves living in the poor quality house we have built.