What makes a leader?
Is it nature or nurture? Can leaders be created or are they born to be leaders? Do leaders have special DNA which separates them from others? Do they perceive things differently than the masses?
I coached collegiate basketball for 23 years, and I found there were very few women who came equipped with all the characteristics which made a good leader. From my perspective leaders worked hard every day, arrived on time, demanded that others give as much as they did, lived what they preached, communicated positively with their coaches and teammates, showed responsibility, lived ethically,
BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP
Black Belt Leader: Profiles in Courage
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ? E.E. Cummings
Stress is defined as a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and also may contribute to disease. The most common currently accepted definition of stress is a sensation that is experienced when a person perceives that “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize”.
We can’t always avoid stress, as it is a part of life. However, we can neutralize stress by implementing some positive principles.
This article will give you some techniques to equip you with effective coping mechanisms for dealing with work related stress.
L. Know Who You
Moving forward in our simple outline for simple leadership, the fifth letter of the word "leader" is "E" which represents the word "emotive." Most folks correctly identify this word as having something to do with "emotion." But in addition to that, the word also means "causing motion." Due to their influence and vision, good leaders bring about forward motion.
This forward motion is called change. Leadership is all about change. Without good leadership, manufacturers, churches, civic organizations and ball teams cannot move forward. Remember, companies and organizations do not progress; people do. When people progress, the organization of which they are
Winning The Race!
In business and in life each of us have experienced difficulties, we have faced obstacles, challenges and failures and have been faced with opposition. It is at that time when we have to make a decision rather to give in and give up or keep moving forward and stay in the race of what we call life. It is always easier to just throw in the towel and quit, but quitting is the easy way out.
I once had a conversation with a young man who did very well running track. He won all kinds of
The Power of Perseverance
To be successful as a professional in any field you must have a steadfast winning attitude. You must be determined, dedicated and devoted to succeed. This requires a firmly fixed mindset to learn all you can around the profession and then be devoted to the cause and purpose .
Many who are entering into the professional arena for the first time may have predetermined ideas about what they perceive the job or career should look like. Once they enter the profession their predetermined ideas may change.
We are a forward thinking society, always looking to the next new gadget or technology. Yet many of the tools that allow us to succeed, excel or even survive we need to look back to see. We need to look way back, to the primal days.
Take a look at this picture. Who is in control? Who is projecting the power? In a tense negotiation or even a meeting your body language tells all. Plus poor posture also effects your wellness and can cause pain, especially when you are the road warrior of sales and business.
When leaders decide to play the blame game, it never turns out pretty. It is a game where the rules read that you never have to accept responsibility. You simply blame somebody else for your problems.
This is a game where we believe events or people can create or destroy our lives. We believe we have the right to blame others for our failures.
When the people at the top of the totem pole blame others for their failures, it produces a top-down effect. Other staff members will learn that they, too, should shift the blame. This victim mentality will
Thanks for staying with me through the first five parts of Simple Leadership. Remember that simple leadership is not necessarily easy leadership. Before we move to the sixth and final communication of this series, let us take the time to review the first five.
“L” tells us that good leaders are listeners. “E” reminds us that good leaders are encouragers. “A” tells us that good leaders advance the purpose and vision of the group/organization. “D” represents the fact that good leaders develop others during their journeys of leadership. “E” tells us that good leaders are emotive in
Many people assume team building can be accomplished through a series of team bonding experiences. I believe these experiences are helpful; however, the essence of building a team is in the debriefing or the creating of a new mindset.
The mind is our most powerful tool. Our actions are only a reflection of what the mind is creating. In order to boost sales, productivity, or morale, the place where people must change is in their attitudes. It is much easier to paint the walls, add plants, provide play time or create a nicer environment, but the essence of all winners