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Quote of the Day :: 12.24.08

The decision you’ve got to make every day is: are you doing something for the tribe or to the tribe?  Real leaders spend all their time doing for.

– Seth Godin

December 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tuesday Thoughts :: 12.23.08

Seven Things Leaders Share
Seth Godin @ the Catalyst Conference :: October 2008

  1. They challenge their tribe.  They don’t settle for what is now.
  2. They intentionally create a culture for their tribe.  
  3. They have curiosity.  They are always searching and probing for what is next, what is coming down the pike.

  4. They have charisma.  You don’t become a leader because you have charisma.  You get charisma because you’re a leader.

  5. They communicate.  They figure out how and when and where to talk with the tribe – not to or at them.

  6. They connect tribe members to each other.  
  7. They commit to the well-being of the tribe.  Even if it is not always comfortable for them or for the tribe.

December 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tuesday Thoughts :: 06.10.08

The book I’m currently reading, Leadership From the Inside Out, speaks of the movie Braveheart and some of the leadership examples we can learn from several characters in that movie regarding how we lead people.  The book offers some self-examination questions for leaders to ask themselves with regard to the kind of leader they are.  Read through this and examine your own heart and the kind of leader that you are and need to become.

Am I a leader like Wallace, like the nobles, or like Longshanks?  Take some time to reflect on this question.  Honestly look at your leadership life, your motives, and how you relate (or don’t relate) to people.

A leader like Wallace. Am I first onto the battlefield?  Do I labor and fight side-by-side with the people I lead?  Are people devoted to me because they know I love them and would lay down my life for them?

A leader like the nobles. Do I see the people I lead as means to help me maintain my position?  Do I treat people like stepping-stones to advance myself?  Do I sense that the people I lead don’t really trust me because they can see that I care more about myself than about them?

A leader like Longshanks? Do I stand back, out of the fray, and let the people I lead do all the hard work?  Do I see people as dispensable, as pawns on my chessboard?  Have I allowed my heart to become so hard that I don’t care when the people I lead are hurting, weary, or broken?

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Quote of the Day :: 02.15.08

True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders.

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Quote of the Day

Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.

– Thomas J. Watson

February 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments