Daily Leadership Message
Effective Leader Who Seeks A Virtous Outcome
F3’s definition of Leadership is very simple. It is the act of Influencing other people to and through Movement toward a particular Outcome, which the Leader both Visualizes and Articulates for his followers. He Influences them by igniting a palpable desire for action in their hearts.
The act of Leadership has no inherent ethics
In other words, some Leaders Visualize bad end states and some good. A definition of Leadership that omits men who Visualize evil ends would blind us to the very real power to Influence possessed by a Caesar or Castro.
Many “bad” men have been Effective Leaders, but the only bad Leaders are those who are in-Effective because they cannot Influence—regardless of their motives. Thus, a “good” man can very well be a bad Leader because he is in-Effective. Likewise, a bad man can be a good Leader (although to evil ends) because his Influence is manifest to anyone willing to see it before it is too late.
Group-blindness to the bad man/good Leader is caused by the confusion and conflation of Leadership Skills with Leadership Characteristics
Leadership Skills are the abilities possessed by a Leader that enable him to do what a Leader does, which is to Influence men to and through Movement. There are four Leadership Skills (which F3 defines under the acronym VAPE):
VIRTUOUS LEADER: An Effective Leader who seeks a Virtuous Outcome. (Q3.2).
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour
- “We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”
Neal A. Maxwell
- “In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”
- “The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”
John E. Southard
Daily Storytelling Time
How to take control of my life? Perhaps a parable will help you see my point.
High on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful city of Venice, Italy, there lived an old man who was a genius. Legend had it he could answer any question anyone might ask of him. Two of the local boys figured they could fool the old man, so they caught a small bird and headed for his residence.
One of the boys held the little bird in his hands and asked the old man if the bird was dead or alive. Without hesitation the old man said, ” Son, if I say to you that the bird is alive, you will close your hands and crush him to death. If I say the bird is dead, you will open your hands and he will fly away. You see, son, in your hands you hold the power of life and death.”
In your hands you hold the seeds of failure or the potential for greatness. Your hands are capable but they must be used and for the right things to reap the rewards you are capable of attaining.