IS ONLY SUPERFICIALLY about what we imagine.
Hearing the word, we think of heads of state or government moving nations to action, captains of industry bringing products to market that change our lives, generals leading armies into battle. We suppose it to be an amalgam of ambition, charisma, cunning, know-how, access to money, and a gift for being in the right place at the right time.
These are talents and qualities and resources leaders can use to advantage, but none of them constitutes the essence of leadershisp
Leadership is about character.
No, leadership is character.
St. Francis of Assisi said, “Start doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
All good leadership begins where you are. It was Napoleon who said, “The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.”The small responsibilities you have before you now comprise the first great leadership conquest you must make. Don’t try to conquer the world until you’ve taken care of things in your own backyard.
There are those who think one must be born to lead—that some have a knack for it and some do not, that leadership is largely a matter of temperament combined with experience. Not everyone can be a Roosevelt or a de Gaulle or a Churchill, they think.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Leadership is not reserved to an elite. It is the vocation not of the few but the many.
Heads of state and schoolteachers, captains of industry and housewives, military chiefs of staff and health care workers—all exercise leadership. People expect them to do the right thing, to be men and women of character and virtue, to be motivated by a magnanimous vision for all those in their charge.
And great is the disappointment when they fail.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
John D. Rockefeller
“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
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Simple Tips To Make You A Better Leader Right Now
Leadership isn’t hard, people make it more difficult than it needs to be.
Yep, that’s right smile more!. When you smile more, you create a more positive atmosphere which will result in a more positive attitude in both yourself and in your teams. When you smile more it builds a stronger connection with your teams and makes you more approachable. Smiling is contagious when you smile at someone they will smile back and when people smile is has a positive impact on their well being.
When you listen more, you show your teams respect, you show that you value them and their opinion. All of which helps build trust and respect for you as a leader. You don’t always have to take the advice or input given, but when you listen you make the teams feel more involved, and when they become involved then they become more committed.
Three of the most important things you can do to engage your team are Communicate, Communicate and Communicate. But don’t just tell your teams what you want them to do, tell them why it’s important. Help them understand the purpose and importance of what they are doing, and if possible why it should be important to them.
Everyone wants to feel like they are doing a good job, that they have contributed to the success of the company, and praise is a simple way to do this. It helps boost peoples self-esteem, which according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs is one of our basic needs.
Praise can be as simple as saying well done, good job, thank you.