Daily Leadership Message
Formal Leadership Instruction Provided As Part Of A Leadership Development Process
Schooling is the first phase of the the Leadereship Development Process and is critical to the development of the Virtuous Leader.
Schooling Exists Along A Broad Continuum Of Quality And Intensity
Spending four years at West Point and reading Leadership For Dummies in one’s spare time are both examples of Schooling. Although they dwell at opposite ends of the quality/intensity continuum, they share the characteristic of the didactic dissemination of certain commonly held principles of what a Leader is and what he does.
Leadership Is Counterintuitive
Schooling is critical because so much of what a Leader is and does is counterintuitive.
For example, it is our human nature to have full control over all of our efforts and to seek praise and avoid blame for the results they produce. A Leader, however, must be prepared to completely invert this formula. Because a Leader is a man who Influences other men to and through Movement, his IMPACT and the change he effectuates will largely be through the action of others. The more men he Influences and the more Movement he causes, the more IMPACTful the Leader is. Sometimes the results of a Leader’s Impact are successful and sometimes not, but what is always true is that the particular Outcome obtained is greatly dependent upon the actions taken by a Leader’s followers in response to his Influence, much of which is outside of his direct control.
If a Leader’s Influence results in a positive Outcome the Q cannot bask in the ensuing praise, but must pass it on in full measure to his Team regardless of how little he thinks they did (in comparison to him) to pull it off. Likewise, the Leader must fully accept the entire blame in the face of a negative Outcome, regardless of whose actual fault it was. Success belongs to the Team but Failure is the Q’s alone to bear
Read More SCHOOLING: The phase of an LDP during which formal Leadership instruction is provided. (Q3.13)
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
1 John 2:5-6
But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
- “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember, that’s where you will find success.”
Thomas J. Watson
- “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
- “Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen.”
Daily Storytelling Time
Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority?
I started out in life with few advantages. I did not graduate from high school. I worked at menial jobs. I had limited education, limited skills and a limited future.
And then I began asking, “Why are some people more successful than others?” This question changed my life.
Over the years, I have read thousands of books and articles on the subjects of success and achievement. It seems that the reasons for these accomplishments have been discussed and written about for more than two thousand years, in every conceivable way. One quality that most philosophers, teachers and experts agree on is the importance of self-discipline. As Al Tomsik summarized it years ago, “Success is tons of discipline.”
Some years ago, I attended a conference in Washington. It was the lunch break and I was eating at a nearby food fair. The area was crowded and I sat down at the last open table by myself, even though it was a table for four.
A few minutes later, an older gentleman and a younger woman who was his assistant came along carrying trays of food, obviously looking for a place to sit.
With plenty of room at my table, I immediately arose and invited the older gentleman to join me. He was hesitant, but I insisted. Finally, thanking me as he sat down, we began to chat over lunch. It turned out that his name was Kop Kopmeyer. As it happened, I immediately knew who he was. He was a legend in the field of success and achievement. Kop Kopmeyer had written four large books, each of which contained 250 success principles that he had derived from more than fifty years of research and study. I had read all four books from cover to cover, more than once.
After we had chatted for awhile, I asked him the question that many people in this situation would ask, “Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?”
He smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye, as if he had been asked this question many times, and replied, without hesitating, “The most important success principle of all was stated by Thomas Huxley many years ago. He said, ‘Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.’”
He went on to say, “There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work.”
Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.
“No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.”
— Harry E. Fosdick
Self-discipline and self-motivation are joined at the hip. When you practice self-discipline you feel like you are in control of your life. You feel content and motivated because you’re moving toward your goals.