Posts Tagged: leader integrity

Leadership Or leader?

DSN9118-2-MLeadership is never about the leader.

Bold statement but give it a think…

I was listening to some leadership seminars and they seemed to have a common theme – how important leaders are. I was, at first, uneasy with this. But the dissatisfaction grew. As I wrestled I couldn’t quite put my finger on where my ill feelings were coming from. After a while, and the speakers’ repetitions, I came to a realization. Leadership is important, but the leader?

I have seen it over and over again. Leaders who lead by their example. Their cause or purpose is the issue. They’re never about being in front or in charge; it’s always about the duty, the purpose, the cause.

Yesterday I was at a restaurant enjoying lunch with a friend. It was not particularly busy and so the employees were busy doing a lot of other things, as well as attending to the cliental. One person was the manager but, by observation, it wasn’t clear who it was. No distinguishing uniform or nametag.  They were all going about the business of the restaurant with no observable hierarchy.

This went on until a problem arose. When a dissatisfied customer began complaining it became clear who was in charge. The manager (leader) appropriately stepped in; took charge and responsibility. They handled the situation and the problem was solved. Everyone was happy and all went back to their duties. It was clear that this manager was about leadership, not just being the leader.

When leadership trumps the leader then the purpose is served.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge

Presentation Stress

DSN9118-2-MI’ve been asked to give the keynote address at a convention of long-term care providers. The presentation is about a month away and I’ve begun doing some research. The subject matter is stress.

Researching what stress is, what are the causes, and remedies has been eye-opening. It seems there are a lot of definitions, a lot of causes and even more cures. Which made me wonder, why so much stress if there are so many solutions?

Then I noticed something about the solutions… seemed like everyone who wrote about managing stress had at least 8 things to do, some as many as 15! I thought, “How upsetting, when feeling stressed I need to remember all these things and then have time to do them.” It increased my stress level.

It also seems like most of the things I should do to relieve stress would only get my mind off it for a while. They were more distractions that remedies. The stress would still be there after I returned from my short emotional vacation. Maybe I would be better calmed and able to handle the stress better, but it really wouldn’t solve anything, just delay facing the issues.

That’s when I realized that the best way to handle stress is to face it. It’s true that there are things you can do to help relieve stressful feelings. But if there is a particularly stressful circumstance you are facing, then deal with it quickly and directly, don’t practice some avoidance technique that will ease your situation for a moment but then allow the stress to return full force when necessary to readdress the issue.

Researching for this address has already been a learning and beneficial experience. I look forward to the presentation and will provide real solutions beyond coping mechanisms.

Leaders face stress. We all do. Part of the leadership test is handling stress in way that not only manages the circumstances effectively and positively, but also provides an example for others to follow.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge

Idea Starters

“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.”
James A. Garfield
It’s human nature to always want to add more to what is necessary. CSW


“I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”
Groucho Marx
Never compromise your ethics. CSW


“What’s another word for Thesaurus?”
Steven Wright
If a thesaurus is an extinct dinosaur, perhaps a lexicon is a wee little Scottish lad. CSW


“Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you.”
Joey Adams
As you grow older, the temptations don’t avoid you, the temptations change. CSW


“If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.”
Tallulah Bankhead
The lure of life is to live it faster, instead of better. CSW

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge



Fragrant Leadership

DSN9118-2-MI woke up to the smell of bacon and coffee. Every time I took a breath I decided on which one I wanted to focus; and just lay there smiling. A very pleasant experience. Waking up to those particularly good smells set the atmosphere for the day. A remarkable thing – just how you wake up can affect your whole outlook. The right atmosphere can make (or break) an attitude.

Great leadership knows that setting the right tone can make or break a situation, a relationship; an attitude. One aspect of leadership is the ability to set an atmosphere. To create an environment of positive energy and motivation. To be able to capitalize on settings so that innovation, creativity and progress is in the air.

Much like waking up to a pleasing aroma, great leadership creates the atmosphere of expectancy for the individuals involved. Creating positive anticipation brings with it a comfortableness and ease for the team.

Great leadership knows the importance of creating a positive working “aroma”.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge

Leadership Learning

DSN9118-2-MI recently attended a very good seminar. The information was relevant and practical and the presenter did an excellent job informing and entertaining.

At one point I found myself thinking about learning, continuing education and growth. I thought about how it applied to leadership.

Self-leadership proceeds any other leadership. To effectively lead others one must be able to lead one’s self; being a person of character and integrity; providing an example as well as a message.

One key to great leadership is to know one’s strengths and how to make continuous improvements. It is also to be aware of one’s weaknesses, finding others who can balance and compensate.

Great leadership is continual discovery, growth and understanding. It brings self-revelation as well as discovering the strengths and abilities in others.

Copyright 2015 LeadersBridge