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This is the last part of the secret of the successful series of blog posts. What does the "E" in IMAGE mean. Discover the completion of success tips!
Sadly, a topic a lot of businesspeople seem to have forgotten in these fast-paced and topsy-turvy business times. Too many cut corners. They go for the cash grab. They think only about themselves. Whatever happened to good manners, excellent ethics, and remembering that doing good business is actually very good for business? 

You will never go wrong in doing what is right, my friend.

Nothing's more important than being honest, highly dependable, staying on time, and treating people the way we want to be treated. "How well you make your sheets determines how well you'll sleep in your bed." I took that to mean that the way we do anything is the way we'll do everything. And even one breach against our ethics will pollute everything we touch.
Nothing is more precious in work than staying consistent with your values and protecting your good name. In so many ways, your reputation is all you have. May I suggest that you never do anything that will tarnish the architecture of integrity that you'll establish as a leader. Ultimately, people will flock to you or run from you based on your reputation. We live in a fascinating world. Like no other time before this, ordinary people can grow a massive following around them. With a few strokes on a keyboard, consumers can tell the world about who you are, what you've done, and all you stand for. Given this reality, maintain a pristine name and guard your personal brand by being impeccably ethical. You know, I've read about people who've spent forty years of their lives building a great reputation and a fantastic move performed in sixty seconds of bad judgment. Be exquisitely honest. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Be ferociously humble. And vow to yourself to work with the strength of character of the people you most admire. Integrity always leads to beautiful rewards. Be courageous enough to ensure your deeds reflect your creed. And make sure that your video is sync with your audio. Trust me on this idea. Please trust me on this.
You're a fine young person! I have no doubt you will do great things in your career and with your life. Please carry with you the philosophy that you need no title to be a leader. Everyone can lead. And it all begins with you - and the choices you have the power to make. 
If you learned something from this or appreciate this, I'm sure you'd enjoy a copy of Robin Sharma's book "The Leader Who Had No Title". Grab one!
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I have shared to you previously the secrets of the successful, is IMAGE. An acronym that means I is for Innovation (if you haven't read it yet, read here), M is for Mastery (you can find it here), the next letter is "A". What is it for?
"A" is for Authenticity. The old model of leadership, as I've mentioned before was very much about power you get from the authority of your position and the influence you'd have from a title, as you've now learned so well. But in this radically new period of business, your ability to have an impact and make a contribution comes more from who you are as a person than from the authority you receive by your placement on some org chart. It's never been so important to be trustworthy. It's never been so important to be someone others respect. It's never been so important to keep the promises you make to your teammates and customers. And it's never been so essential to be authentic. I should also add that it's never been so hard to show authenticity because of all the social pressure to be like everyone else. Media, our peers, and the world around us pound us relentlessly with messages designed to have us live their values versus our own. There's a huge pull to behave like the majority. But leadership really is about closing your ears to the noisy voices of others so you can more clearly hear the mission and call within yourself. Makes me think of the words of Dr. Seuss: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." And that's authenticity is all about. It's about feeling really safe in your own skin and learning to trust yourself so that you work under your values, express your original voice, and be the best you can be. It's about knowing who you are, what you stand for, and then having the courage to be yourself - in every situation rather than only when it's convenient. It's about being real, consistent, and congruent so who you are on the inside is reflected by the way you perform on the outside. And being authentic and true to yourself also means that you meet your potential and work at brilliance - because that's what you truly are.
And the great American Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us 'To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.'
Jack Welch used "Don't lose yourself on the way to the top."
Warren Buffett made the point equally neatly when he observed: "There will never be a better you than you."
Oscar Wilde noted: "Be Yourself. Everyone else is taken."
Authenticity is one of the deepest things Leaders should exemplify. Few things are as powerful when it comes to being a leader interested in positively influencing all those around you than being a person who's comfortable in your own self and fully presenting all you truly are.
To be authentic isn't just about being true to your values. Being authentic means being true to your talents. When you go to work every day and present your leadership best, that's a superb example of authenticity in action - and being in alignment. 
I can tell a person who is authentic a mile away. I can sniff their sincerity and sense their realness. And their passion for greatness touches the longing for greatness within me. And that allows me to relate to them. When you give yourself permission to be open, real and brilliant around others, you give others permission to be open, real and brilliant around you. Just being around makes them feel safe - and heroic. They begin to relax and open up. Trust grows. And amazing things start to happen.
"Authenticity is about being true to who you are, even when everyone around you wants to be someone else," said basketball great Michael Jordan. In his book Driven from Within he makes a key point: stay committed to your mission, values, and the full self-expression of your inner leader even when people doubt you. When people say you'll fail or suggest you're not good enough, stand strong in your own skin and don't let them tear you down. Because leadership has a lot to do with believing in yourself when no one else believes in you."
And Bono, the U2 singer, spoke of the importance of authenticity in the new world of ours in these words: "Please, let go of your ego, please be you and no one else. You are so beautiful how you are."
Just remember that the more you feed your ego - which is nothing more than the artificial part of you that you've constructed to receive approval from the majority - and lose sight of who you really are at your core, the hungrier the ego will get.
So your ego is the social part of ourselves that has grown the more we've tried to become the people the world around us wants us to be versus the people we truly are.
I remember reading a story of a student who met a wise elder from his community on the street one day. The young man admired the elder fro his achievements as well as for his strength of character. He asked the wise man if he ever had weak thoughts and if he ever succumbed to the allure of the ego, which wants us to run our lives by superficial attractions like titles and social status. The elder replied: "Of course, I have weak thoughts and my ego tries to get me off track every single day. This happens because I'm human being. But I also have my authenticity side, which my essential nature and all I really am. That part of me creates the noble and brave thoughts - and keeps me on track to become my greatest self. So it's almost as if I have two dogs inside me. A good dog that wants to lead me to where I dream of going, and that bad dog that tries to take me off my ideal path.' So which one wins? asked the student. That's easy, replied the elder. "The one I feed the most."
Leaders should check their egos at the front door every morning before they walk into work. Rather than slavishly obsessing about pursuits like larger offices and bigger pay checks that society wants us to run our lives by, they harness their complete focus and awesome capabilities on doing their best work, making a difference in the lives of their teammates and customers, and building a better organization. Rather than defining their success by what they get, they define their success by what they give. That not only makes them special in the eyes of everyone around them, it also fills them up with such a sense of fulfilment and happiness. Because they know they are spending their lives well, in pursuit of a meaningful cause.
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Have you ever said the phrase which begins with, "If I had superpowers I would ____________."?
One has to be aware of his power before he/she can use it. In any of the movies you've watched with heroes possessing superpowers, they all have the knowledge of their power before they were able use them. 
This post is not aimed at making you having to possess superpowers, instead this is geared towards informing you that you too, can be a superhero, in the course, place, event, or circumstance that you are in right now, as long as you know, and bear in mind these four natural powers.
NATURAL POWER #1:

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.

NATURAL POWER #2:

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.

NATURAL POWER #3:

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.

NATURAL POWER #4:

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.

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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 might not be informed, but there are these TEN HUMAN REGRETS that one could face at the end of his days in the world. I am sharing this to you now because, I want you to change perspectives, innovate yourself, discover your full potential and be an awakened artist to what you can truly become. If you don't, I am sure, you will soon be facing these TEN HUMAN REGRETS. Here's the complete list:

  1. You reach your last day with the brilliant song that your life was meant to sing still silent within you.
  2. You reach your last day without ever having experienced the natural power that inhabits you to do great work and achieve great things. 
  3. You reach your last day realizing that you never inspired anyone else by the example that you set.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. You reach your last day and feel heartbroken that you never learned the skill of transforming adversity into victory and lead into gold.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

This is for you. And it's not too late. If you've read this now, it means that you have ability to change course, to turn the rudder and change direction. Towards the direction you are meant to be. Towards the direction of Amazing and Wonderful! Towards the direction of a great and well-lived life!

I will continue to post more about this topic in the next blog, so please stay tuned. Good news is, you are still alive! It's not too late! Learn more about this. Follow me on FB or on this blog. 
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Leaders are sorely needed, but here's a pretty good case for followers.
A young woman wanted to go to college in a story told by S.I. McMillen in his book, None of These Diseases. But her heart sank when she read the question on the application blank which asked, "Are you a leader?" Being both honest and conscientious, she wrote "no" and returned the application expecting the worst.
To her surprise, she received this letter fro the college: "Dear Applicant: A study of the application forms reveals that this year our college will have 1,452 new leaders. We are accepting you because we feel it is imperative that they at least have one follower!"
"It's  a pity," Dr. McMillen says,"that we race each other like participants in a stock car race. In our excitement to be first, we ignore the damage we inflict on others and ourselves."
A man once prayed, "Lord, keep me from becoming so self-possessed that I must express myself on every subject. With my vast store of wisdom, it does seem a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want to have a few friends at the end."
One way to become a leader is to study leaders and follow their examples. 
As you begin your day, think about statement 1, and complete number 2.

  1. Today, I will follow the example of good leaders so that when my opportunity to lead comes, I will be prepared.
  2. Today, I will ______________________________________.

What are the actions and attributes of leaders? What is it that makes them different from others?

  1. Leaders are always full of praise.
  2. Leaders learn to say "thank you" and "please" on the way to the top.
  3. Leaders are always growing.
  4. Leaders are possessed with dreams.
  5. Leaders launch forth before success is certain.
  6. Leaders are not afraid of confrontation.
  7. Leaders talk about their own mistakes before they talk about someone else's.
  8. Leaders are people of honesty and integrity.
  9. Leaders have a good name.
  10. Leaders make others better.
  11. Leaders are quick to praise and encourage the smallest amount of improvement.
  12. Leaders are genuinely interested in others.
  13. Leaders look for and praise someone doing something right.
  14. Leaders take others up with them.
  15. Leaders respond to their failures before others have to reveal them.
  16. Leaders never allow murmuring from themselves or others.
  17. Leaders are specific about what is expected.
  18. Leaders hold others accountable.
  19. Leaders do what is right rather than what is popular.
  20. Leaders are servants.
A leader is a lion, not a sheep.
An army of sheep led by a LION would defeat an army of lion led by a SHEEP.

According to Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" book, if there are important factors of a leadership, there are also major causes of failure of a leader, and he enumerated the causes below:
See if you fit into it, or someone you know. . .

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Lack of imagination. Without imagination, the leader is incapable of meeting emergencies, and of creating plans by which to guide his followers efficiently.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
These are among the more common of the causes of failure in leadership. Any one of these faults is sufficient to induce failure. Study the list carefully if you aspire to leadership and make sure that you are free of these faults.