Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Profiles In Courage!"

 In my association with leadership guru, Orrin Woodward, I've found that it's courage not the title, that separates the genuine leaders from the posers. It takes courage to be the individual the call to leadership demands. Your asked to stand out from the crowd, because when we seek to be like the next person, we lose autonomy. It's not easily done to stand tall before your critics and choose the path less taken, then encourage others to follow. But then if you take your cues from life's owners manual, this is described exactly in Matthew 7:13

"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few."

So in leadership, you may not find short term popularity most seek, but then popularity is fleeting. It's far more rewarding to be trusted, than to be admired, but as you introduce people to your values, integrity, ethics, vision, commitment, generosity, self confidence, and your character, reinforced by your deeds, popularity finds you. Nothing defines the leaders stock as how we meet a challenge, do the right thing with an ethical flair, when, truth be told, the act will cost us more than we want to pay.

Leaders are the captains of the vessel named "Character." It's essential a leader understands that ship be navigated on a course of trust and integrity. They will be remembered and foster an attitude within their following, by truthful disclosure, and the promises they keep. Integrity is central to all else virtuous!

With that in mind, crawl out on the leadership limb, after all isn't that where the fruit grows? While following one's moral compass isn't for the faint of heart, leaders worthy of the title understand they achieved that moniker for exhibiting the courage to put their values on display.

God Bless!
Capt. Bill

Friday, March 11, 2011

Humor Relief

In times of crisis, leaders must be able to reduce a problem to real-world standards and bring it into a manageable perspective. They must be able to see the comedic aspects of the situation and clear the stress, anxiety and tension from the air through their own sense of humor.

Your people need this type of release in order to relax, reevaluate, and reprioritize their goals. Then they can refocus on what really needs to be done to correct the problems they face and get the job done.

That simple "humor relief" created by a leader can be the difference between success and failure. A true leader understands the importance of reframing perspective through humor.

Humor is an affirmative of dignity; a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.
Romain Gary

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Monday, March 07, 2011

A Vision for the Future

The future represents what is new. It represents change and innovation. It represents hope and the results of past efforts, attitudes and growth.

The present is important for it is in the present that we achieve the future, and we must learn from the past, our successes and failures. But the future provides a vision not yet attained-- a target to aim for.

A true leader understands the importance of having a clearly defined vision for success and is effective in communicating that vision to the team.

I like the dreams of the future, better than the history if the past.
Thomas Jefferson

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Location:Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Leadership Role

To be appointed to a leadership position is not sufficient to make you a leader.

Leadership is not based upon position. That's management. Once appointed to a position of leadership, you have to take charge and begin leading.

Too many people feel as though they have arrived when they get promoted. The wise know that promotion is just the beginning. It is the opportunity to lead!

A leader who assumes the leadership role is much more effective than those who try to succeed by mere position. But those under the purview of that leadership soon discover the lack thereof.

It is easier to assume your role as a leader once you understand that people want and need to be led by a competent leader. You are there to help them, and yourself, by giving them direction through being the example.

When in charge, take charge!

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Location:AA Flight from Tucson to Dallas