Are You The Most Powerful Leader You Can Be?
As someone who teaches, manages, parents or influences you'll probably already be aware that powerful leadership is not just about the boss, it's about the team, irrespective of whether that team is in the classroom, in the office or around your home.
In a driven world of instant access and fast everything the view of leadership being top down has become dated, and dare I say it, dangerous.
Every member of the team must now be engaged in a form of leadership. The most powerful teachers, managers, parents and influencers know that in order to function within the current pace of life they need to be the leader that all other leaders aspire to being.
Powerful leaders are flexible. They understand that in today's world knowledge is more vital than position. Powerful leaders understand that the child who offers an inspirational thought in the classroom is every bit as much the teacher as the person holding the board marker; powerful leaders know that adhering to the thoughts and feelings of staff is what makes them driven, as opposed to them having to be driven; and powerful parents know that a child's tantrum is sometimes about sharing the power in the household and letting them grow.
Strong leadership flows through the group, bottom to top, top to bottom with the people at the bottom often inspiring, teaching and influencing as much as the people at the top.
Strong leadership is about developing purpose and responsibility ? purpose being meaning and direction, responsibility being 'ownership' and taking charge.
And while good leaders will be in charge of their specialist area ? the classroom, the office or the home ? outstanding leaders will have defined their purpose in every area of their life, through home and career, right out into the community.
When powerful, outstanding leaders see something that needs changing they step up to the mark and force change wherever they see it. They pull up their socks, roll up their sleeves and ask others to pitch in and join them.
True leadership is about encouraging everyone to lead. True leadership is about meaning. True leadership is about direction. True leadership is about taking responsibility wherever responsibility needs taking.
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Building Teams and Teamwork
A tight knit team is a group of competent individuals who care deeply about each other and are fiercely committed to their mission. They are highly motivated to combining their energy and expertise to achieve the common objective. From our observation and studies on building teams, we have found three primary conditions that have to be met in order to attain higher levels of team performance and member satisfaction. Resources and Commitment Ownership and Heart Learning These three conditions are the heart and soul of teamwork but are not blueprints. Every team is unique, and the requirements and details of its teamwork have to be worked out separately. Let's look closer at condition number two ? Ownership and Heart.
Visions of Leadership
There are three stages to making the transition from chief cook and bottle washer (CC&BW) to CEO (source of the management and direction of the business).
Chris Top 7 Favorite Leadership Books
1. The West Point Way of Leadership.
The Happy Jar
I just delivered a free speech. I am a great believer in free speech, but an even greater believer in paid speech. However, there are good reasons why someone like me would deliver free speeches. For instance, to support a charity or a cause I believe in. Or if the audience is full of people who hire speakers.
Common Mistakes Extraordinary Leaders Dont Make
When people make a decision (either consciously or unconsciously) to follow your leadership, they do it primarily because of one of two things: Your Character or your Skills. They want to know if you are the kind of person they want to follow and if you have the skills to take them further. Yes, there are other variables but these are the bulk of the matter. This week we focus on the kind of skills that cause people to follow your leadership, specifically things that an Extraordinary Leader doesn't do!
The Power of the Leader Within - The Keys to Martial Arts Life Mastery, Key#1
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
C4 Leadership: Taking Your Leadership (and your Life) from Good...To Explosive!
Chances are if you're interested in this post, you're looking for a few tips to take your leadership and/or your life, up a notch or two. Read on for a few things that have really helped me make my leadership more explosive after first defining what C4 is.
The Three Factors of Leadership Motivation
Leaders do nothing more important than get results. But you can't get results by yourself. You need others to help you do it. And the best way to have other people get results is not by ordering them but motivating them. Yet many leaders fail to motivate people to achieve results because those leaders misconstrue the concept and applications of motivation.
Leadership Tips From My Dad
Lee (L.B.) Weiss (Sept. 21/25 ? April 30/82)
Choose Your Best Life: Where Are Your Choices Leading You?
According to the dictionary choice means "to select freely after consideration, to have a preference for, to take an alternative and of high caliber." Based on this definition, I believe choice is the act of careful selection, identifying preferences and exploring quality alternatives that lead to freedom. How often do we approach our choices in such a deliberately thoughtful way?
The Six Essential Leadership Attributes
Leadership is the foundation for all organizations, whether corporate, nonprofit or government. Leadership is a high calling and responsibility, upon which all else the organization is or does rests. Moreover, leadership is always top down, never bottom up.
Top 25 Leadership Quotations
Ponder what it takes to be a true leader with these practical quotes that will lead you to a more precise understanding of the secrets to successful leadership...
Professional Organizations: Join or Fold?
All of us join professional organizations for a reason--a friend belongs, we need to for credibility, etc. Many times we let years slide by and we don't stop and review those reasons. Unless something sets off a boundary--lack of funds, the organization runs itself into a ditch, or a leadership problem.
A Winning Choice for Leadership!
"The only way to enjoy anything in this life, is to earn it first." -Ginger Rodgers
Leadership Development and Jumping Out of Airships
A German silent film melodrama depicts an airship bombing London during World War I. Lit up by searchlights and strafed by fighters, the crippled airship loses altitude as the captain frantically jettisons dispensable gear to lighten weight. Eventually, the only weight left is human. So the captain orders members of the crew overboard. A grisly scene unfolds as the airmen, one by one, without parachutes, step up to the hatch, salute the captain and the first mate, then jump to their deaths. Lightened, the airship returns safely to Germany.
Leadership Lessons from Pope John Paul II
"Heroes are rebels with a cause. Rebels because they challenge the traditional ways of thinking and refuse to follow the herd. They have a cause, a vision, that's larger than life." - Sharif Khan, author of Psychology of the Hero Soul
Secrets of Creating Success with Ease
Do you ever strum your fingers on the desk top as you look down at your work and think, 'Right, how can I do all this lot without really working?'
Blowing Your Own Leadership Horn
There are two streams of competitiveness running through every organization. The first goes outward: It's the organization's competitive activities toward its competitors. The second goes inward: It's the competitiveness of leaders inside the organization who are vying against one another for power, recognition, privilege and promotion.
People Problems -- Understanding the Dueling Paradigms
You've spent the last 12 years riding your technical skills up the corporate ladder.
The Leadership Strategy: An Unmined Comstock Lode of Results
During the Second World War, Winston Churchill had a framed inscription on his desk that said, "It's not enough to say we are doing our best. We must succeed in doing what is necessary."
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