I apologize but I cannot recall from whence I heard/read this statement, but it stayed with me.
“You make the choice to create great habits. Are your leadership habits today on par with your goals for tomorrow?”
#leadership #goals #choices #habits
P.S. I need to apply this to working out. I used to LOVE doing some form of a work out. Will have to ponder my downward trajectory and attitude about the matter and make a decision to be more consistent. Oy vay! Meanwhile, I’ll celebrate having made the decision to consistently eat better a few years ago and staying with it. Gotta celebrate the triumphs while working on improvements.
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.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ” ~Anne Frank
“When you are in leadership, there’s a smaller window for mistakes. The training is worth the trial.” ~Unknown
From Leadership Gold by John Maxwell
- Leadership is the ability to submerge your ego for the sake of what is best.
- Leadership is evoking in others the capacity to dream.
- Leadership is, above all, courageous.
I don’t know if many people think of leadership as courageous, but when you consider the fact that leaders often have to make tough and unpopular decisions, or make decisions based on information that is limited but all that is available at the time, there is indeed courage in those moments, and not a place where everyone would want to be. It’s not only the decision, but also the consequences, that fall on the shoulders of the leader. Cheers to good leaders!
It’s no secret that I love studying leadership, though I don’t do it as fervently as I did when I was pursuing my last degree. Specifically, I appreciate gaining progressive knowledge about what it means to lead well, whether one is leading one or many. So, I recently decided to revisit some of my favorite leadership principles and decided to share them with you.
From John C. Maxwell’s Leadership Gold:
*Leadership is the passion to make a difference with others.
*Leadership is being dissatisfied with the current reality.
*Leadership is taking responsibility while others are making excuses.
**Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations.
Does any of the above linger with your heart? Do you have any to share?