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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.

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Idea Starters

“If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.”
William Lyon Phelps
It’s always about the effort/reward ratio. CSW

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“Never put a sock in a toaster.”
Eddie Izzard
Some lessons must be learned the hard way. CSW

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“I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.”
Will Rogers
This quote is definitely dated. Organization requires careful thought and contemplation; it now applies to all political parties. CSW

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“The superfluous, a very necessary thing.”
Voltaire
The superfluous must exist so as to define the fluous” CSW

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“If at first you don’t succeed… so much for skydiving.”
Henny Youngman
Some lessons learned the hard way can’t be repeated. CSW

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Model Lessons

DSN9118-2-MAs a child I enjoyed building models, especially cars and airplanes. In the fifth grade I built a beautiful Dodge Deora; metal flake navy blue with cushioned white interior. With dad helping, I took a small piece of wood, painted it blue and pulled apart cotton balls to cover the top of the board. With my brothers help we glued cutoff matchsticks to the corners of the board and attached a piece of string, looking like a rope that would encompass the platform. I carefully placed the car onto the soft cushion of cotton and inside the rope barriers. A work of art.

For this effort I won the model car contest for the fifth grade at my elementary school.

I don’t remember if there was a prize. If there was it is long gone, and forgotten. I have no idea what happened to the car or the display. Lost throughout the years.

I do remember my dad’s and brother’s help with the project. I remember discussing models and doing a good job; taking my time, not hurrying and making sure I got it just right. Patience, that was the hardest part for me.

Leaders model the way. They encompass the values, direction, quality and direction they would have others follow. They aren’t the finished product; that takes the team, but they are the standard, or example of the expectations.

Great leadership is the result of patiently learning, then displaying the content of both character and direction. Great leadership models the way.

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Idea Starters

“The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest.”
Rodney Dangerfield
Perhaps the greatest oxymoron – an honest politician. CSW

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“My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.”
Billy Connolly
This used to be true, now it just means their young. CSW

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“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”
Bertrand Russell
Maybe the same reason not to kill for them. CSW

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“I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.”
Warren Buffett
At least I’m consistent; I buy cheap suits and they do look cheap on me. CSW

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“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”
Charles Dudley Warner
Why is it a weather person can be wrong 50% of the time, but we still trust them? CSW

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The Doing of the Thing

DSN9118-2-MI had received disappointing news. I was frustrated, defeated and felt pretty hopeless.

I began to pray, always starting with praise and thanksgiving. And this time perhaps a little too much; compensating for the lack of feeling it. “Bless you, Lord, bless your name. I glorify and lift up your name. You’re holy and your name is to be revered…”

All of a sudden an image came to my mind. A cartoonish figure in a traffic policeman’s uniform; a whistle in his mouth and his white gloved raised with open palm placed squarely in front of my face…. The instruction was clear – STOP!

I have often wondered what the words mean. “I bless your name… I lift your name on high… even the simple “Praise the Lord.” I’m afraid they are just that – words, rather than the indication of a lifestyle. Everyone admits that it’s much easier to say something than to do something. Too often we say things but our actions contradict the words.

It isn’t the words I say, it’s the life I live. It’s great to say, “Bless you, Lord, bless your name.” But the imperative is to live it. I can sing, “I glorify and lift up your name.” But it really doesn’t mean much if it isn’t the daily revelation of my life. I can pray, “You’re holy and your name is to be revered.” But it’s the display and the living the words daily that reveals the truth.

I’m poignantly reminded of the words from a Bob Bennett song, ‘The Doing of the Thing’… We mistake the very words we say and the songs we love to sing for the doing of the thing. The doing of the thing.

The Bible says faith without works is dead. Perhaps ‘faith without words’ puts the emphasis on demonstration.

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