If you want to be a
leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of
quality yourself. Leadership is the ability to attract someone to the
gifts, skills, and opportunities you offer as an owner, as a manager, as
a parent. I call leadership the great challenge of life.
Whatís important in leadership is refining your
skills. All great leaders keep working on themselves until they become
effective. Here are some specifics:
It is an extra step you must take to become a powerful,
capable leader with a wide range of reach. Some people mistake
rudeness for strength. Itís not even a good substitute.
Learn to be strong but
We must not mistake kindness for weakness. Kindness isnít
weak. Kindness is a certain type of strength. We must be kind enough
to tell somebody the truth. We must be kind enough and considerate
enough to lay it on the line. We must be kind enough to tell it like
it is and not deal in delusion.
Learn to be kind but not
It takes boldness to win the day. To build your influence,
youíve got to walk in front of your group. Youíve got to be
willing to take the first arrow, tackle the first problem, and
discover the first sign of trouble.
Learn to be bold but not
You canít get to the high life by being
timid. Some people mistake timidity for humility. Humility is almost
a God-like word. A sense of awe. A sense of wonder. An awareness of
the human soul and spirit. An understanding that there is something
unique about the human drama versus the rest of life. Humility is a
grasp of the distance between us and the stars, yet having the
feeling that weíre part of the stars. Therefore, humility is a
virtue; but timidity is a disease. Timidity is an affliction. It can
be cured, but it is a problem.
Youíve got to learn to
be humble, but not timid.
It takes pride to win the day. It takes pride to build
your ambition. It takes pride in community. It takes pride in cause,
in accomplishment. But the key to becoming a good leader is being
proud without being arrogant. In fact I believe the worst kind of
arrogance is arrogance from ignorance. Itís when you donít know
that you donít know. Now that kind of arrogance is intolerable. If
someone is smart and arrogant, we can tolerate that. But if someone
is ignorant and arrogant, thatís just too much to take.
Be proud but not
Thatís important for a leader. In leadership, we learn that
itís okay to be witty, but not silly. Itís okay to be fun, but
Develop humor without
Save yourself the agony. Just accept life
like it is. Life is unique. Some people call it tragic, but Iíd
like to think itís unique. The whole drama of life is unique. Itís
fascinating. And Iíve found that the skills that work well for one
leader may not work at all for another. But the fundamental skills
of leadership can be adapted to work well for just about everyone:
at work, in the community, and at home.
Lastly, deal in
realities. Deal in truth.
To Your Success,
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