GET RIGHT: The pursuit of proper personal alignment. (Q1).
The Practice Of Virtuous Leadership
The Leadership Skills are the four capabilities of Effective Leadership that enable a man do what a Leader does
Leadership is Influencing Movement to Advantage. To do that Effectively, a man must Competently apply the Leadership Skills:
First, he must have Vision, which is the ability to recognize Advantage and the Movement required to achieve it. If he does not know where he is going and why, then he will not be able to Influence anyone else to follow him there.
Second, he must be capable of Articulation, which is the act of describing his Vision to others. People will not abandon their Status Quo for a superior position unless they understand where they are going.
Third, he possess the means of Persuasion, which is the initiation of first Movement. Despite their recognition that a Leader’s Vision is Advantageous, human nature is to cling to the Status Quo even it is inferior. Through Persuasion, a Leader convinces people to begin Movement and gain Momentum.
Fourth, because Movement produces uncontrollable circumstances, the Leader knows that Obstacles (Problems that impede Movement) will inevitably arise. An Effective Leader is ready to use Exhortation to incentivize his followers to breach Obstacles and maintain Momentum toward Advantage.
Advantage is a superior circumstance achieved by Movement. For any Group to Prosper it must be in a constant state of Advantage-seeking. If it isn’t, then it is sliding toward Disadvantage, which is an inferior circumstance caused by Inertia . For both men and Groups, Advantage and Disadvantage are binary and antonymic conditions, like peaks and valleys. There is no in-between state, no Static Plateau where stasis can be maintained. Either you are Moving forward toward Advantage or sliding backward to Disadvantage. Either you are Prosperous or you are not.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
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.
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
“The most successful people reach the top not because they are free of limitations, but because they act in spite of their limitations.”–Michael K. Williams
“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”— Mary Lou Retton
“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” –J. K. Rowling
Leaders Leading Leaders
There was once a farmer who devised a competition between his dog and his rabbit. He made a hole in one of his biggest fields, and hid a carrot and a bone in it. He wanted to see which animal would find them first.
The rabbit was very cheerful and optimistic, and he threw himself into looking for the carrot, digging here and there, totally convinced that he would find it. But the dog was pessimistic, and after sniffing around for a bit, he lay down on the ground and began to complain how difficult it was to find one bone in such a big field.
The rabbit dug for hours, and with every new hole the dog complained even more about how difficult this was, even for the rabbit. The rabbit, on the other hand, thought that each hole dug was one hole less that needed digging. When there was no place in the whole field left to dig, the rabbit dug a tunnel to right under where the dog had been lying all that time.
There he found the carrot and the bone. And this is how it was that the dog lost due to his pessimism. Because, thanks to his great instinct, he had already found the right place at the very beginning!