Thursday, June 16, 2011

Adding Value!

Leadership demands at times the leader to become the cheerleader, or sometimes the course corrector. Both, to be accepted by the led, demand that a relationship is established. Encouragement from a meaningful source carries the weigh of an elephant, while an atta boy or girl thrown about meaninglessly from a passerby doesn't have quite the same impact. A great example might be one of a mother telling her child how proud she is of them, verses a distant relative the child has had little or no exposure to giving praise. The parental praise is the gratification the child seeks, while the latter is appreciated, it's just not the same.

Many times leadership demands we remind or proteges when they drift. As leaders who value the relationship we must be willing to go out on a limb and take a risk, as this is usually delicate ground. People would much rather be reminded, than told. Because words have power only to the degree that they express meaningful involvement. Sensitivity requires real awareness, and it's important your words work with the precision of a surgeon's scalpel, not the sloppiness of the jail yard shank. If you don't exercise sensitivity, your comments will do more harm than good. Counsel is the skillful application of Biblical principles into an individual's life.

I think it's plain leadership principles add value to anyone's life. Understanding the above could be useful from the home, to the playground, to the oval office. The demand is universal, yet not taught. Joining in on the leadership journey enhances everyone, from the leader to the led. Come join us as we grow!

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

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