The Speeds of Leadership

Be quick to compliment, ready and able to correct, and slow to criticize.

How do you provide input to the people who are following you?

There is an old saying “One oh shucks (edited for a family audience) erases 10 atta-boys. I found something similar in the book “Start” by author Jon Acuff, that states “1 insult + 1000 compliments = 1 insult.” So many people internalize the insult and negate the compliments and in doing so they focus on the insignificant and ignore the masses. So when providing feedback to your team, be sure that you are readily handing out the compliments when they are deserved, it takes a lot of them to make someone feel like they are of significance.

When you see someone struggling or not working up to the expectations, consider how you can help that person. If you, personally do not have the capability to provide the needed guidance, get someone involved that can. On the same note, be sure that you are allowing for a grace period. Not everyone is completely able and ready to work at the desired level of a seasoned member of the organization. There will always be a learning curve, you, yourself experienced one too. It is in the fledgling moments that a little empathy can go a long way in building a good relationship and improving your status as a leader.

Going back to the first comment on compliments, the reverse is true about criticizing. Be sure that when it is time for corrective action that you remind yourself sometimes the truth hurts, but it should never be hurtful. Criticism cuts like a knife, a very dull one, in fact it is more like tearing than cutting. I am sure that you can recall a time when someone offered you, “A little constructive criticism” that was more like a beheading than a clean, close shave.

Leadership is a continual path that we need to travel, there is really no destination, but it can be an amazing journey. If you are traveling at the same speed all the time you will miss some great opportunities to have a positive effect on those who are following you.

If Serving Is Below You, Leadership Is Beyond You.

 

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The Law of Contribution

John Maxwell states, “Growing yourself enables you to grow others.” It is a leader’s job to grow himself along with others too. It is by the followers that a leader is judged.

Making a lasting contribution to others should be a goal above all others.

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The Law of Expansion

The authors Robert J. Kriegle and Louis Patler wrote in their book “If If ain’t Broke…Break it!” that “The potential that exists within us is limitless and largely untapped…when you think of limits, you create them.”

Growth always increases your capacity. It is understood that experts agree that most people only use about 10 percent of their true potential. The easiest thing to expand is your knowledge, some may argue that it is their waist, but the brain has almost unlimited capacity so take time to fill it with as much good as you can.

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TEAMS

Fall seems to be the time when we really start thinking in terms of teams. Football is here and baseball is heading towards the World Series. But, the sporting world is not the only place we find teams, we find them in offices, factories, schools, hospitals, marriages, churches, etc.. There is almost a guarantee that you are currently on some type of a team right now.

Teams are created when a leader brings together a group of individuals, these individuals are chosen by their abilities and talent. They are selected by the value that they can add to the effort. They also evaluated on their ability to put aside personal gain for the benefit of the team.

John Maxwell in his book The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork writes of a T-shirt he saw that read, “My idea of a team is a whole lot of people doing what I tell them to do.” Allright, I do find the humor in that statement but rest assured that it is NOT how a team needs to operate if it desires to be successful.

A successful team is one being lead by a true leader, where all of the individuals are like-minded and all are working towards a common goal, they have a desire to see the team succeed, they see the vision. But, when a team is merely a group of individuals, regardless of leadership, talent or ability, rarely, if at all, will the team succeed.

“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by oursleves.” – Lyndon Johnson

A good team will outperform any individual, every time. Who’s on your team?

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The Law of Modeling

We all have role models that we admire and we tend to learn many things by following them. John Maxwell says that, “It’s hard to improve when you have no one but yourself to follow.” Like a dog chasing its tail, when you have no one to follow you will wind up going in circles.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani stated, “All leaders are influenced by those they admire. Reading about them and studying their traits inevitably allows an inspiring leader to develop his own leadership traits.”

Every mentor has or had a mentor, and you need to be mentoring and mentored too.

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The Law of Curiosity

George Bernard Shaw is quoted as saying, “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”

The old saying is “Curiosity killed the cat,” but Maxwell says “Growth is stimulated by asking why.”

We should never be shy of wanting to ask why, that is how we learn. In John Maxwell’s book “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” he states the “The single greatest difference between curious, growing people and those who aren’t is the belief that thy can learn, grow, and change.”

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The Law of Trade-Offs

Have you thought about just what it will take for you to reach the next level? We know that it will require us to work hard, set goals, and have a direction. But what about letting go of things?

I often think about my garage when I think about this law, my garage is full of many neat things and I like my things, but I can’t get anything more squeezed in there. So, if by example I want a bigger truck, then I guess I will have to get rid of things that will allow that bigger truck to fit. It has been said that the more things we have the less time we have to enjoy any of them.

John Maxwell says, “THe difference between where we are and where we want to be is created by the changes we are willing to make in our lives.”

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The Law of the Rubber Band

Somerset Maugham once said, “Only a mediocre person is always at his best.”

Our society today or ever for that matter is in the habit of purchasing average, we always want quality and many are willing to pay extra for it.

John Maxwell says, “Growth stops when you lose tension between where you are and where you could be.”

God’s gift to us is our potential. Our gift back to God needs to be developing it. We have to stretch our boundaries, our comfort zone, and our limiting beliefs if we ever hope to achieve greatness, much like a rubber band, whose value is only realized once it is stretched.

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The Law of the Ladder

“Character Growth Determines the Height of Your Personal Growth.” John Maxwell

Climbing a ladder takes planning, courage, and firm foundation. I have found myself in some pretty iffy situations working off of a ladder. When I was a child, my fear of heights protected me from most mishaps, but as I grew older and more secure with working on a ladder I found myself stretching the limits of safety and physics.

Climbing a ladder of character is a similar process and is something that need to be done intentionally. Each rung on your personal ladder has the potential to take you higher than the rung that you are currently on.

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