Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Daily Leadership Examples!

I make a point to study leadership, it reveals where results come from. After all, aren't we all seeking the best possible results? Who in their right mind begins each day hoping for less than satisfactory results? So it behooves us to examine those with the fruit on the tree, and those who failed at leadership and why. One of the points that stands clear while being a student of leadership is you absolutely cannot be a manager. You will not get the desired results if you pop in once in a while and give a rah-rah speech, then disappear. Leadership is about serving others, and servant leadership is about spending time and investing energy to set a positive example. Case in point.

We are given a great example of how not to lead by our current President. Between games of golf and traveling the country side promoting himself, he finds it necessary to stand before us and offer excuses for a lack of performance. He's pass the job of leadership on to others! He stands before this great nation as a figurehead who manages the actions of a crew of credential packing academics with unproven theories. If a people are going to suffer in someway, the leader should show some sign of being inconvenienced as well. Personal participation in hardship, if you will, or at a minimum some level of empathy. A leader, leads by getting his hands dirty and being in the trenches. Whisking off to a golf outing, or hobnobbing with celebrity campaign donors at exclusive events clearly sends the wrong message.

You can see how this negative example is important to examine while learning to grow into a servant leader. Lessons come in all shapes and sizes, and it's important that we extract the do's and don'ts from everyday life. Guidance in your leadership journey cannot always be in person, but we are constantly surrounded by examples, some good, some not so much. They are there for a reason, learn and grow from them!

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

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