Daily Leadership Message
A Leader is a man who has Influence while he is in close Proximity. A good Leader is a man who continues to Influence from a distance. A Virtuous Leader’s Influence survives his death through his Legacy.
Legacy is the hallmark of the Virtuous Leader.
To leave a Legacy a man must first nurture his relationships through the DRP, then have IMPACT and ultimately provide Leadership within his Groups. That is why Legacy is the fourth Quadrant—it will not happen without the first three.
To leave a Legacy, a man must build something that outlasts him
IMPACT alone will not guarantee Legacy. For that, the Q must do something more if he wants his Influence to outlast his days on earth. He must be a builder of Effective Organizations and Dynamic Teams.
An Effective Organization realizes its Articulated Purpose. A Dynamic Team accomplishes its Mission and serves the Community or Organization of which it is part.
The Q’s Legacy is not based on what hedoes, but what is done by his followers through the Groups he Leads.
LEGACY: What a Q leaves behind through the Effective performance of his Mission during his life. (Q4.1)
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
- “Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.”
Booker T. Washington
- “Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
The two lumberjacks
It was the annual lumberjack competition and the final was between an older, experienced lumberjack and a younger, stronger lumberjack. The rule of the competition was quite simply who could fell the most trees in a day was the winner.
The younger lumberjack was full of enthusiasm and went off into the wood and set to work straight away. He worked all through the day and all through the night. As he worked, he could hear the older lumberjack working in another part of the forest and he felt more and more confident with every tree he felled that he would win.At regular intervals throughout the day, the noise of trees being felled coming from the other part of the forest would stop. The younger lumberjack took heart from this, knowing that this meant the older lumberjack was taking a rest, whereas he could use his superior youth and strength and stamina to keep going.At the end of the competition, the younger lumberjack felt confident he had won. He looked in front of him at the piles of felled trees that were the result of his superhuman effort.At the medal ceremony, he stood on the podium confident and expecting to be awarded the prize of champion lumberjack. Next to him stood the older lumberjack who looked surprisingly less exhausted than he felt.When the results were read out, he was devastated to hear that the older lumberjack had chopped down significantly more trees than he had. He turned to the older lumber jack and said: “How can this be? I heard you take a rest every hour and I worked continuously through the night. What’s more, I am stronger and fitter than you old man”.The older lumberjack turned to him and said: “Every hour, I took a break to rest and sharpen my saw”