THE LAW OF THE PICTURE
When times are tough, uncertainty is high, and chaos threatens to overwhelm everyone, followers need a clear picture from their leaders the most. The living picture they see in their leader produces energy, passion, and motivation to keep going. As you strive to improve as an example to your followers, remember these things:
1. Followers are always watching what you do. Just as children watch their parents and emulate their behavior, so do employees watching their bosses. People do what people see.
2. It’s easier to teach what’s right than to do what’s right. Author Norman Vincent Peale stated, “Nothing is more confusing than people who give good advice but set a bad example.” I would say a related thought is also true: “Nothing is more convincing than people who give good advice and set a good example.”
3. We should work on changing ourselves before trying to improve others. A great danger to good leadership is the temptation to try to change others without first making changes to yourself.
4. The most valuable gift a leader can give is being a good example. Leadership is more caught than taught. How does one “catch’ leadership? By watching good leaders in action!
WHAT LIVING PICTURE ARE YOU GIVING YOUR FOLLOWERS?
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
Take Time Prioritisation,
Take time to think – It is the source of all power
Take time to read – It is the foundation of all wisdom
Take time to play- It is the source of perpetual youth
Take time to be quiet – It is the opportunity to listen
Take time to be aware – It is the opportunity to help others
Take time to love and be loved – It is God’s greatest gift
Take time to laugh – It is the music of the soul
Take time to be friendly – It is the road to happiness
Take time to dream – It is what the future is made of
Take time to pray – It is the greatest power on earth
Take time to give – It is too short a day to be selfish
Take time to work – It is the price of success
Daily Story Telling Time
Why dogs live less than human!
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
If a dog was your teacher, these are some of the lessons you might learn:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.