PUT THE TEAM FIRST
Becoming a Person of Influence
DEVELOP A LIFESTYLE OF EMPOWERING LEADERS. PUT THEM FIRST.
Great developers of leaders think of the welfare of the team before thinking of themselves, That’s the attitude necessary to become a great reproducer of leaders.
The team has to come first.
I Am Third
Do you consider yourself to be a team player? Answer each of the following questions to see where you stand when it comes to promoting the good of the team:
1. Do I add value to others?
2. Do I add value to the organization?
3. Am I quick to give away the credit when things go right?
4. Is our team consistently adding new members?
5. Do I use my “bench” players as much as I could?
6. Do many people on the team consistently make important decisions?
7. Is our team’s emphasis on creating victories more than producing stars?
“The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.”
That should be your goal as you multiply your influence by developing leaders.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
“Send out a cheerful, positive greeting, and most of the time you will get back a cheerful, positive greeting. It’s also true that if you send out a negative greeting, you will, in most cases, get back a negative greeting.”
“Winning is fun, but those moments that you can touch someone’s life in a very positive way are better.”
When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.” Stephen Covey
Daily Storytelling Time
A 9-year-old boy who had lost his right arm in a car accident, decided to take judo lessons.
His teacher was an old Japanese judo master who decided to teach the kid one move only. After a few lessons the boy said to him “Master, shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” “No. This only move you know is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” he replied.
Six months later, the boy had his first tournament. To everyone’s surprise, the boy won the first three matches and got in the finals.
The other boy, his opponent, was bigger and stronger than him. Everyone thought that the boy had no chance to win. The match begun and the opponent, indeed seemed much more experienced than the little boy. Suddenly the opponent dropped his guard, which was a critical mistake. The boy used the only move he knew to pin him and won the tournament.
Later, the Master told the boy:
“Son, you won for two reasons,” the Master answered, “First, after six months’ hard practice you have almost mastered one of the most difficult throws. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your right arm.”
And this is how the boy’s biggest weakness turned into his biggest strength!