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Leadership Value

DSN9118-2-MThe event was nearing the end. It had been high energy and fast-paced. The over 120 participants had thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had taken part whole-heartedly. More than 20 bikes had been given to area children from the Boys and Girls Club and everyone was feeling great.

The only order of business left was a few closing words by the CEO.

I was nervous. The event had gone as well as possible but I knew that a misplaced or misworded closing comment could be disastrous.

I introduced the CEO and there was a thunderous applause. The man was sincerely loved and respected. His comments were priceless. He talked about his love for the company, his love for the people and his love for the day’s experience. He laughed, he danced, he cried. All in about two minutes.

From the experience of the program I knew this was a great company. But when the leader shared I knew at least part of the reason, a big part.

He was transparent. It was clear that the people knew him, and also clear he knew the people. He was not a far off decision-maker that was aloof from the rest of the company. He wasn’t a ‘boss’ sitting in his office making judgments and decisions based on bottom line considerations; but he was a member of the team.

A valued member who valued members.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge

A Mother’s Leadership

0531151714aShe celebrated her 91st birthday surrounded by her 7 children, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Although she tires more easily than she used to, the gleam in her eyes showed she loved every minute of the gathering.

She hasn’t had an easy life. She had many struggles, but the love she receives from her children is something every parent, grandparent and great grandparent would appreciate and many certainly envy. This has made every sacrifice worthwhile.

She’s an amazing woman. And at 91 she continues to lead her family. She has sacrificed, loved, supported, encouraged, advised, and she demonstrates the most important qualities of leadership; integrity and example.

She raised 7 children, worked outside the home for a while to make ends meet; her doors always open to family and her family’s friends. She has done whatever she felt necessary. Of all her endearing and valuable qualities, she is most appreciated and admired for her love and example.

Great leaders, whether in family or business, lead by example; what they display most often is compassionate concern and integrity.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge

A Lesson from Behind My Truck Seat.

DSN9118-2-MI cleaned out my truck. The bed had accumulated some things that needed to be straightened out. Behind the seat had become a collection place for various items. As I prepared for the task I brought along a trash bag and a recycle bag fully expecting that both would be made full.

As I began pulling out thing I made an unexpected discovery… there wasn’t much trash and very little recycling. Most of the things I found actually did belong in the bed r behind the seat. It’s just that they had become disorganized, and somewhat forgotten.

I organized, rewrapped some rope, reorganized bungee cords, cleaned and wrapped the flashlight with a cord that plugs into the cigarette lighter. Fastened down the safety kit, jack and tire changing kit. In the bed I arranged the blankets there in case of moving something; placed the boards I have to organize things and keep things from racing to the front of the bed when I drive.

Finally, all cleaned and organized.

My life gets like that. Left to itself the good stuff get disorganized. Even though it may be good and useful and beneficial to my faith walk, the priorities get a little scrambled; stress happens; confusion ensues; doubts arise. A little time spent getting things back in order, putting first things back into first; focusing on Kingdom priorities…

1 Corinthians 14:33 states that God does not author confusion, but peace. When there is confusion it is of my own oversight. The mess in my truck was my own doing, and I’m glad it was there. For in getting things straightened out I learned a beautiful lesson on how God deals with me, and how I need deal with myself.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge

Say-See Leadership

DSN9158-2-LI was asked, “What is the most important ingredient of leadership?”

My response began with a demonstration. I simply told the audience to follow my directions and clap on the count of three. I repeated the instructions several times, “Clap on the count of three.” I asked for clarity to make sure everyone understood the directions, “Clap on the count of three.” I was assured by the listeners that they all got it.

Then I counted to three and clapped, as did all the audience members. I paused and said, “Okay, clap on the count of three.” I counted, “One, two, three…” and then clapped. Everyone counted along with me and mimicked my movements by clapping after verbalizing the, “Three.”

I then pointed out that no one had followed my directions. I had made them clear, even making sure they understood exactly what the directions were; but no one followed the directions. Everyone looked quizzically at me, most did not understand, while others gently nodded their heads knowing what was coming next.

The directions were simple and clear, clap on the count of three. But everyone did what I did, not what I instructed; they all clapped after the count of three instead of on the count of three.

The lesson is simple – people will do what they see, not what you say. The most important ingredient of leadership is integrity. Great leadership has credibility.

Copyright 20145 LeadersBridge

Idea Starters

“If it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners.”
Johnny Carson
I will never eat a frozen dinner; they’re bad enough microwaved. CSW

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“I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.”
Imelda Marcos
Excess is not a specific number, it’s just having more than you can possibly need. CSW

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I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.
Robin Williams
I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. I’m just trying to fix that. CSW

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If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.
Henny Youngman
Humanity spends too much time lamenting and not enough time repenting. CSW

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A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.
Bill Cosby
Unfortunately, the wise will listen while the stupid plug their ears. CSW

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