BE A LEADER
The Following lines may stimulate your thoughts. Read carefully and understand every line to get the best out of them. It is a humble try from our side to identify the leader within you because we believe that every person is a LEADER.
Each of us touches and influences other lives.
Each of us is leader to someone
Who is your "someone"?
Perhaps an employee you supervise, or a customer you serve.
Maybe the spouse you honor, or the child you nurture.
or it could be the student you teach or the player you coach.
And, what would your "someone" say about you....................
about the way you lead.
if other were to question
"Where are great leaders to follow?"
Would your someone proudly point at you and say........"There is the one I follow to the ends of the earth!"
John Quincy Adams said
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, you are a Leader."
- Let all may know that; being a leader is not a choice.
YOU ARE ONE.
- Your only choice is what kind of leader you will be.
Your "someone" is counting on you.
Leaders are Readers!
Abraham Lincoln used to walk miles to borrow and return books.
He read them by candlelight after working long, hard days.
Do you think his reverence and devotion to books
made a difference in his ability as a leader?
Reading can be a powerful catalyst for thinking;
it has the potential for stimulating wisdom.
If you are committed to be all that you are capable of being,
It is implored to you to become a voracious reader.
It takes effort, but it's worth it.
If you like to read ... great ... go for it.
If you don't like reading ... still ... go for it.
It's just something that you have to do.
If you develop the habit of reading something everyday,
you will start to enjoy it. You'll look forward to it,
your thinking will sharpen, your vocabulary will increase,
and you will become a more interesting person.
Remember, Leaders are Readers.
When people give up on themselves.
Leaders never give up on them.
They say "Why?
When I haven't given up on you!"
and ask, "What else can we try?"
Leadership is a partnership
between those who lead and those who follow.
Each has a responsibility to each other.
Leaders encourage people to learn about them.
as they, in turn, are not afraid to learn on their people.
That's the image we should all held constant.
Two people helping each other,
counterbalancing each other's burden,
moving forward slowly, but surely.
Leaders are Responsible People
Mahatma Gandhi believed that
"We must be the change
we want to see in the world"
Effective Leaders do not try to change people,
they seek to demonstrate that something new is possible.
They lead to creating the new and
specifically through their willingness to change themselves,
rather than through convincing others that
"the others" need to change.
Change is messy. Things will never be just right.
To be the change you want to see in the world,
you don't have to be loud. You don't have to be eloquent.
You don't have to be elected.
You don't even have to be particularly smart or well educated.
Follow Teddy Roosevelt's timeless advice,
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
Take personal responsibility.
Remember this little gem,
"If it's to be, it's up to me."
What change can I effect?
What's the difference I want to make in the world?
Leaders Nurture People
A little goldfish when kept in a small vessel,
will remain no bigger than a few inches;
in a large aquarium, it will double or triple in size;
if moved in a large pond it can grow up to a foot long1
The factor that determines the growth of the fish
is the size of its environment. And so it is with people.
Most managers treat people according to what they see.
They'd take a small goldfish and keep it in the little vessel.
They consider it would be inefficient and wasteful
to put it in a larger environment.
But, leaders, see people as they could be.
A leader takes a small goldfish and puts it in a larger tank
because it would be ineffective and wasteful
of the fish's potential to keep it in a confined environment.
Leaders provide a bigger environment by delegating autonomy.
Strong leaders are strong coaches. They clarify performance targets,
develop skills and abilities, reinforce progress, and build on strengths.
Leaders consult, facilitate, counsel, and guide.
They also confront when they feel
someone is not living up to his potential.
Leaders are Listeners
The roots of effective leadership lie in simple things,
one of which is listening.
Listening to someone demonstrates respect;
it shows that you value their ideas and are willing to hear them.
Some of the most successful entrepreneurs
have been good listeners. Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart,
attributed his best ideas from listening
to what his clerks and stock people have to say.
Ray Kroc of McDonald's fame actively encouraged his franchisees
to come up with new ideas for new products...
some of which later became "Big Mac" and "Egg McMuffin".
Listening is not something confined to business.
Teachers tell us over and over again that their teaching methods
evolve because of the input from their students.
Good teachers listen to what their students have to say
and adjust their teaching methods to make the subject matter
more vibrant and alive.. and ultimately better understood.
Listening is fundamental to our existence as human beings.
Failure to listen can be disastrous.
And when you are no longer listening,
you destroy a basis for communications.
When that foundation is eroded, it takes much to rebuild.
Leaders are Ethical
What people want most from their leaders are basic principles in practice
such as honesty, integrity, ethics and caring
Ralph Waldo Emerson too said,
"Guard your integrity as a sacred thing".
Integrity is the foundation of character,
it is a value that guarantees all the other values.
A person is good only to the degree to which he lives his life
consistently with the highest values that he espouses.
Integrity is the number one quality of leadership.
Integrity in leadership is expressed by being impeccably honest
with others, in terms of constancy and consistency.
It is manifested in an absolute devotion to keep one's word.
It means disciplining yourself to do more
of those things that a thoroughly honest person
would do under all circumstances