“Leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less.” – John Maxwell
What makes someone a LEADER?
The best definition I ever heard is “INFLUENCE”.
Whether you lead a global corporation or run your family, every organization needs the next generation of leaders to step up and LEAD THE WAY.
John Maxwell wrote, “Everything rises and falls with leadership.”
You may be a new leader trying to establish TRUST.
You could be an established leader looking to STAY RELEVANT.
Either way, one thing is certain –
Leaders are CREATED, not born.
HOW TO LEAD THE WAY:
SHARE YOUR BEST IDEAS
Leaders need to ELEVATE the thinking of everyone in the group.
Put your best ideas into world.
Edwin Markham wrote, “What we put into the lives of others, comes back into our own.”
Leaders have the COURAGE to make tough decisions.
They gather the available information and have the guts to make a call.
Leaders know that NOT making a decision is making one.
Amelia Earhart said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.”
Not every decision will work out.
Life will knock you down.
The past is an awesome teacher, but a bad place to live.
Leaders learn the lesson, adapt, then move on.
Leaders take people with them.
Wayne Gretzky said, “It’s not about how great you are. It’s about how great you make the people around you.”
RAISE THE BAR
Leaders raise the bar.
From Washington leading the Continental Army, to Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat, to Steve Jobs denting the universe…
Great leaders show what is possible.
Seth Godin wrote, “You can raise the bar or wait for others to raise it, but it’s getting raised regardless.”
Elevate what people think is possible.
Leaders know the best way to STAY RELEVANT is to keep learning.
John F. Kennedy said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
- Take that course.
- Read that book.
- Listen to that audible program.
Leaders keep learning or slowly fade away.
IT’S YOUR TURN
The world is asking you to step up and help show the way forward.
Someone is waiting for you to LEAD THE WAY.
Who will you INFLUENCE?
How far can you take them?
Lead, follow, or please get out of the way.