In the post entitled “Realizing Our Leadership Potentials” (January 31, 2010), I talked about John Maxwell’s premise that leadership is a journey and it is a “journey that starts where you are not where you want to be” (The 360 Degree Leader, 2005, p.274). That got me thinking so I would like to share some leadership tidbits with you. You have heard them before (thanks Rev. Maxwell), but it is always good to be reminded.
Before you do great things elsewhere, you must do it where you sit:
• Do your homework;
• Take the time to do great work; don’t feel like you have to rush a job;
• Take your own minutes after each meetings; noting action steps and key points;
• Speak out and do it boldly if you disagree with a proposed action. Take the risks, so you can live with yourself;
• Do the right thing, not the safe thing;
• Speak from your passion; not what you think others want to hear;
• Don’t be shy about what you believe in or what you do. We don’t need clones in our workplaces;
• Learn to say NO; only do what you can reasonably do successfully and lastly,
• Be the person, you believe God intended for you to be.
Good luck, we are all counting on you.