This will be the last blog on “Heart of a Leader” but not on Leadership. Today let’s start with “Positive thinkers get positive results because they are not afraid of problems” When you hear the word “problem” you immediately think of negative thoughts, right? But some don’t see it that way.
Someone ask Norman Vincent Peale, “Don’t you think life would be better if we had few problems?” Noman would answer by saying, “I’ll be happy to take you to Woodlawn Cemetery because the only people I know who don’t have problems are dead”
I thrive on fixing problems, and find it to be both challenging and rewarding. Some people though think if they leave a problem alone it will fix itself. Believe me that might work for a while, but eventually you’re going to create a bigger problem. So my advice is to take on each problem one at time, and make it a challenge, and believe me you will feel great and the people around you will respect you for being a great leader and problem solver!
“Servant leadership is more about character than style” In his book, Servant Leadership, Robert Greenleaf defines two kinds of leaders. Strong natural leaders are those who try to take control, make the decisions, and give the orders in any situation in which they find themselves. They have a need to be in charge. Strong natural servants, on the other hand, will assume leadership only if they see it as a way in which they can serve.
I always tried to be a natural servant leader, and would help my team whenever I could. Plus, sometimes it’s a good idea to get out their and work with your team to see what is going on.
Now with that said sometimes leaders try to do too much and the results aren’t good. I had a manager who did everything, and never delegated, somehow he always got the job done and then he got promoted, but I told him he had to start delegating the work. I left that store shortly after he was promoted and unfortunately his leadership style caught up to him, and he got behind on his projects and he was demoted. If you are one of those people that can’t delegate, you will fail, you can’t do it all yourself!
The best example of a servant leader in is a shepherd, because the flock is not there for the sake of the shepherd; the shepherd is there for the sake of the flock.
Today I’m going to close with a quote that was sent to me by a friend on Joan Rivers. Like my friend I wasn’t a big fan of Joan Rivers, but she did have some great quotes, and it’s probably why she was so successful. There are several, but I really like this one: “I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking,” Be a thought leader! Don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind. In fact, the reason we remember LEADERS is because they LEAD…not because they have the best ideas or are the best speakers. Just speak and others follow.
Sometimes I probably say too much, but like Joan I am a thought leader. I thought this was a great quote to end today’s blog, please let me know what you think. If you are reading this through email just click on the icon at the bottom of the page which will take you to my blog, and you can hit the comment at the top of the page to reply.
See you next Friday!