Everyone of us alive in this moment has the power to go to work each day and express the Absolute Best within us. And you need no title to do that.
Every one of us alive today has the power to inspire, influence, and elevate each person we meet by the gift of a great example. And you need no title to do that.
Every one of us alive with life can passionately drive positive change in the face of negative conditions. And you need no title to do that.
Every one of us alive to the truth about leadership can treat all stakeholders with respect, appreciation, and kindness - and in so doing raise the organization's culture to best of breed. And you need no title to do that.
It's early in the morning, and yes, you don't want to remember sadness and grave! You don't even want to think of death. But on an average, how many years do you have in life? Or what's the life expectancy of man? And how have you been doing for the past fraction of your life? Have you ever thought of it? Imagine you're facing a grave, and you know you're on the last days of your life. What would you tell yourself?
- You reach your last day with the brilliant song that your life was meant to sing still silent within you.
- You reach your last day without ever having experienced the natural power that inhabits you to do great work and achieve great things.
- You reach your last day realizing that you never inspired anyone else by the example that you set.
- You reach your last day full of pain at the realization that you never took any bold risks and so you never received any bright rewards.
- You reach your last day understanding that you missed the opportunity to catch a glimpse of mastery because you bought into the lie that you had to be resigned to mediocrity.
- You reach your last day and feel heartbroken that you never learned the skill of transforming adversity into victory and lead into gold.
- You reach your last day regretting that you forgot tat work is about being radically helpful to others rather than being helpful only to yourself.
- You reach your last day with the awareness that you ended up living the life that society trained you to want versus leading the life you truly wanted to have.
- You reach your last day and awaken to the fact that you never realized your absolute best nor touched the special genius that you were built to become.
- You reach your last day and discover you could have been a leader and left this world so much better than you found it. But you refused to accept that mission because you were just too scared. And so you failed. And wasted a life.
- Leaders are always full of praise.
- Leaders learn to say "thank you" and "please" on the way to the top.
- Leaders are always growing.
- Leaders are possessed with dreams.
- Leaders launch forth before success is certain.
- Leaders are not afraid of confrontation.
- Leaders talk about their own mistakes before they talk about someone else's.
- Leaders are people of honesty and integrity.
- Leaders have a good name.
- Leaders make others better.
- Leaders are quick to praise and encourage the smallest amount of improvement.
- Leaders are genuinely interested in others.
- Leaders look for and praise someone doing something right.
- Leaders take others up with them.
- Leaders respond to their failures before others have to reveal them.
- Leaders never allow murmuring from themselves or others.
- Leaders are specific about what is expected.
- Leaders hold others accountable.
- Leaders do what is right rather than what is popular.
- Leaders are servants.
One of the devil's tricks is getting us to say yes to too many good things. Then we end up being spread so thin that we are mediocre in everything and excellent in nothing. There is one guaranteed formula for failure, and that is to try to please everyone.
Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he is in trouble. And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
- Inability to organize details. Efficient leadership calls for ability to organize and to master details. No genuine leader is ever "too busy" to do anything which may be required of him in his capacity as leader. When a man, whether he is a leader or follower, admits that he is "too busy" to change his plans, or to give attention to any emergency, he admits his inefficiency. The successful leader must be the master of all details connected with his position. That means, of course, that he must acquire the habit of relegating details to capable lieutenants.
- Unwillingness to render humble service. Truly great leaders are willing, when occasion demands, to perform any sort of labor which they would ask another to perform. "The greatest among ye shall be the servant of all" is a truth which all able leaders observe and respect.
- Expectation of pay for what they "know" instead of what they do with that which they know. The world does not pay men for that which they "know". It pays them for what they do, or induce others to do.
- Fear of competition from followers. The leader who fears that one of his followers may take his position is practically sure to realize that fear sooner or later. The able leader trains understudies to whom he may delegate, at will, any of the details of his position. Only in this way may a leader multiply himself and prepare himself to be at many places, and give attention to many things at one time. It is an eternal truth that men receive more pay for their ability to get others to perform, than they could possibly earn by their own efforts. An efficient leader may, through his knowledge of his job and the magnetism of his personality, greatly increase the efficiency of others, and induce them to render more service than they could render without his aid.
- Lack of imagination. Without imagination, the leader is incapable of meeting emergencies, and of creating plans by which to guide his followers efficiently.
- Selfishness. The leader who claims all the honor for the work of his followers is sure to be met by resentment. The really great leader claims none of the honors. He is contented to see the honors, when there are any, go to his followers, because he knows that most men will work harder for commendation and recognition than they will for money alone.
- Intemperance. Followers do not respect an intemperate leader. Moreover, intemperance in any of its various forms, destroys the endurance and the vitality of all who indulge in it.
- Disloyalty. Perhaps this should have come at the head of the list. The leader who is not loyal to his trust, and to his associates, those above him, and those below him, cannot long maintain his leadership. Disloyalty marks one as being less than the dust of the earth, and brings down on one's head the contempt he deserves. Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life.
- Emphasis of the "authority" of leadership. The efficient leader leads by encouraging, and not by trying to instill fear in the hearts of his followers. The leader who tries to impress his followers with his "authority" comes within the category of leadership through force. If a leader is a real leader, he will have no need to advertise that fact except by his conduct - his sympathy, understanding, fairness, and a demonstration that he knows his job.
- Emphasis of title. The competent leader requires no "title" to give him the respect of his followers. The man who makes too much over his title generally has little else to emphasize. The doors to the office of the real leader are open to all who wish to enter, and his working quarters are free from formality and ostentation.