Another nugget from Dr. John C. Maxwell regards a few pointers that leaders personify. To make yourself the kind of person who attracts others,
- Love life! Why?, because people are drawn to those who genuinely enjoy life. ‘Nuf said.
- Give people hope. Why?, because hope is a gift and we all love to receive gifts. Seriously, leaders can be characterized as “dealers in hope.” Bestow hope to others, and they will be grateful for their interaction with you.
- Put a “10” on every person’s head. Why?, because it is always in a team’s best interests to know that their leader expects the best of them. Whether they rise to the challenge is up to them, but as leaders, they must have a sure understanding that your expectation is excellence. Dr. Maxwell says that expecting the best of others helps them think more highly of themselves, and at the same time, it also helps the leader. I see this quite often with a wonderful lady named Rosie O’neal. She is a minister and in every interaction with her, she encourages. As much as possible, she pours into people to help them reach their potential. People far and near love her for it.
- Share yourself. Why?, because people love REAL people. People appreciate leaders who share of their victories as well as challenges, struggles, the good and the bad of their journeys. Few people have reached a mountaintop without bruises. Fewer people still are willing to follow and respect those who are too prideful to admit it.
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From “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader” by John C. Maxwell
How can you have charisma? Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you. ~Dan Reiland, Vice President of Leadership Development, INJOY
The below story is borrowed from Dr. John C. Maxwell. Love it!
A man took his young daughter to a carnival, and she immediately ran over to a booth and asked for cotton candy. As the attendant handed her a huge ball of it, the father asked, “Sweetheart, are you sure you can eat all that?”
“Don’t worry, Dad,” she answered, “I’m a lot bigger on the inside than on the outside.”
That’s what real character is – being bigger on the inside.
Dr. John C. Maxwell has shared that while crises do not necessarily make one’s character, they certainly have the ability to reveal one’s character. Adversity is a crossroads that makes a person choose one of two paths: character or compromise. When character is a choice, growth is the result, even if in choosing character, the consequences are negative. The next time you have a decision to make which will have an impact on your role as a leader (within your household, group, school, organization, etc), make the most integritous choice, one that will strengthen your character.
~Taken from The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader
“Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.” Dr. John C. Maxwell
There are many things in life over which we do not have a choice, over which we do not have control. Character development is not one of them. Whoever we are, whatever type of leader we choose to become, it, indeed, is a choice. The positive of that is, if we are not the leaders we want to be, if we do not possess the character that we want to have as leaders, as long as we continue to breathe, we have the opportunity to change. As we become a better version of our selves, we effect positive change in those within our circles of influence, who then effect change in their circles of influence, and so forth and so on.
“Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.”
-Charles Reade (attrib.)
I normally have additional thoughts to add, but I feel this quote is rather clear, so “nuff” said. I will ask you to ponder: What will people mostly remember about your character when you leave this earth? What are you sowing? This is not just about wealth of money, it is equally about wealth of character, of paying it forward, of sowing into people. Welcome to the weekend!
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