How do you create a culture that develops your abilities to produce at a level that marks up an immutable influence to others’ capability to be productive? I have had a partial experience of leadership much at a max because I believe our daily lives even defines the salt-sauce of our abilities to lead others by influencing their development. The lessons resonate a constant requirement of growth.
It’s okay to have the experience. However the real big deal is how to set the bandwidth to evaluate lessons from the experiences gotten, in order to sharpen focus. Some lessons are just too immutable to let go.
1. The Art of Leading from Behind.
“Servant leadership is all about making the goals clear and then rolling your sleeves up and doing whatever it takes to help people win. In that situation, they don’t work for you; you work for them.” – Ken Blanchard, founder of Ken Blanchard Companies.
2. The Intuition to Trade-off “Must Have” Interests for “Ought-To-Do” Passion.
“Unless you are prepared to give up something valuable you will never be able to truly change at all, because you’ll be forever in the control of things you can’t give up.” – Andy Law, author of Creative Company.
3. The Mandate to Influence Humanity with What You Have.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr., Humanitarian, Civil Rights Activist.
4. The Principle of Stretching to Learn.
“In a learning organization, leaders are designers, stewards and teachers. They are responsible for building organizations where people continually expand their capabilities to understand complexity, clarify vision, and improve shared mental models – that is, they are responsible for learning.” – Peter Michael Senge, author & founder of Society For Organizational Learning.
5. The Tenacity to Fail Forward.
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K. Rowling, author & novelist.
6. The Art of Sustaining Balanced Relations.
“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day, you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls – family, health, friends,, integrity – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have beginnings of balance in your life.” – James Patterson, author of Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas.
7. Ability to Lead from Within.
“We can become the kind of leader others want to follow. We only have to learn what is at the heart of every leader: We must lead from within–develop, grow and lead from the inside-out.” – Lolly Daskal, founder of Lead From Within.
In all the reading, memorize the lessons not just to acquire new information. Apply the lessons to form new habits. Keep Growing! Keep Leading! Don’t Stop Leading!
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