Courage To Lead

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Over the last few weeks I have been bombarded with questions about leadership, courage, and management styles.

For over 10 years I worked in the fields of sales and customer service driven industries.  Before that I spent over 14 years in the professional sporting industry as a player, coach, and executive board member and in all those years I learned something very valuable and enlightening. I learned that it takes true courage to lead a TEAM to a successful outcome.

The Reverend Martin Luther King stood up with courage to raise his voice of hope to millions of fellow Americans, white AND black, to dare to believe in a World where all people could share the bounties of the Earth without prejudice. He opened the doors for possibilities that did not exist before then, possibilities that are now becoming real.

How about going one step further? How about if the leaders within your organization were awakened to a purpose that was aligned to your organization’s goals? What would that mean to your organization?

As we face an uncertain economy and the rise of unemployment, what can you as a Leader do to give your TEAM the confidence to believe in the goals of the organization and the Vision of where you are taking them?

I want to leave you with some very famous Leadership quotes that I have used to help me understand my role as a Leader in my field, business, relationships and life. I think it is very important to work on being more than just a passenger in the ever changing lanes of life.

 

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

Peter F. Drucker

 

A leader is a dealer in hope.

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

Theodore Roosevelt

 

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

Dwight Eisenhower

 

As you journey into the second half of the year. There are five important characteristics to remember about great Leadership:-

 1. Courage

Standing up for what you believe in. Having the intgrity to be bound by your principles.

 2. Conviction

Leadership development also includes the ability to influence one person at a time.

 3. Confidence

A true leader instinctively knows how to lead. Of course, this is a leadership development quality that must be practiced, attempted, and refined throughout someone’s life. If there is an argument over who should be leader, a good leader knows to step back; it is sometimes through the perception of others that they will gain ultimate leadership.

 4. Compassion

Compassionate leadership development is necessary in today’s workforce. Gone are the days where employees work for decades at the same company, regardless of the conditions. Today, employers deal with single parents, expensive childcare, sick children, no insurance, and poverty level conditions.

5. Creativity

A true leader is not afraid to try to new things. Letting your gut tell you whats right  sometimes can be very envigorating!

 I hope this has been helpful to all my readers.

 Peace

 Eric Bailey