Go The Extra Degree !

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Good Morning...so many of my blog postings deal with our physical well being.  Today I found an article that deals with our emotions and how we affect others by what we say and do.  I hope you enjoy the thoughts and suggestions listed here...

 

These 10 examples of how to be a good leader are not just for entrepeneuers....but also in our daily lives and dealings with others.  

You are a leader in your community, at church, and at home...etc.  When I read this article I saw how it applies in all walks of life..setting a good example to everyone we are envolved with. 

 

"GOOD LEADERS MUST BECOME

WHAT THEY WANT THEIR FOLLOWERS

TO BECOME"


“Servant-leadership is all about making the goals clear and then rolling your sleeves up and doing whatever it takes to help people win. In that situation, they don’t work for you, you work for them.” ~Ken Blanchard

Walt Disney was one of those leaders. In How to Be Like Walt, author Pat Williams recounts numerous examples of how Walt’s servant leadership was just a part of who he was, including this one from actor Dean Jones:

 

An Excerpt From
212° Leadership
by Mac Anderson

A gardener at the Disney studio left some tools in an empty parking space. When a producer drove up and saw the tools in his space, he honked at the gardener and gave the poor man a chewing out. Walt walked up and interrupted the producer’s tirade. “Hold it!” he said. “Don’t you ever treat one of my employees like that! This man has been with me longer than you have, so you’d better be good to him!”

That was Walt. To his employees, he was not only a leader. He was their defender and their servant. That’s what separates leaders from bosses.

I’ve always been fascinated with the qualities and characteristics of great leaders. History has identified many qualities and characteristics of great leaders, and, of course, no person embodies them all. But the great leaders I’ve known, or read about have one simple thing in common: They have developed their leadership styles around their personalities and their values, and in the end, their actions are consistent with what they truly believe.

The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. However, the goal of a great leader is to help people to think more highly of themselves. John Maxwell said there are three keys to becoming a great servant leader:

Let go of your ego.
The truly great leaders are not in leadership for personal gain. They lead in order to serve other people.

Become a good follower first.
Rare is the effective leader who didn’t learn to become a good follower first. That is why a leadership institution such as the United States Military Academy teaches its officers to become effective followers first—and why West Point has produced more leaders than the Harvard Business School.

Give your power away.
One of the ironies of leadership is that you become a better leader by sharing whatever power you have, not by saving it all for yourself. If you use your power to empower others, your leadership will extend far beyond your grasp.



 


What I just shared is an excerpt from the first chapter of 212° Leadership…The 10 Rules for Highly Effective Leadership. The rules are:

Rule #1..............Think Serve…Not Lead
Rule #2..............Companies Don’t Succeed…People Do
Rule #3..............Simplify Your Vision for Success
Rule #4..............Remember “Old Warwick”
Rule #5..............Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Rule #6..............Set the Stage for Innovation
Rule #7..............Commit to Excellence
Rule #8..............Take Full Responsibility
Rule #9..............Measure Results
Rule #10............Your Example is Most Important

In my 35 years as an entrepreneur, I’ve been very fortunate to meet many leaders who are a lot smarter than I am. It has been their wisdom and their knowledge, combined with my own life experiences, that have helped me define the qualities of a 212° leader. Quite simply, it’s the difference between good and great. That’s what 212°…The extra degree is all about:

At 211 degrees…water is hot.
At 212 degrees…it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.
And, it’s that ONE extra degree that…
Makes all the difference.

 

This article was posted on the website  "Simple Truths" by Mac Anderson..you can go there to 

review this and other books. 

 

 

 "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

Latest comments

01.11 | 17:20

I'm happy to hear that you are on the mend, Geri. Marie told us about the accident. Enjoy that wonderful Florida sunshine, looking forward to seeing you again.

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15.10 | 16:16

A blessing that you are already meeting your new neighbors. God's hand at work always looking out for our good. Have a wonderful time in Florida.

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20.08 | 20:47

Good article

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18.08 | 15:14

so true

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