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When you think of leading, do you think of leading yourself? To lead other is to learn how to lead yourself first effectively. You could say it is the gift you give others. Here are some elements to consider when leading yourself:
1. Read a chapter of anybook every day (or at least 5 times a week).
2. Expand you mind, engage in other discplines of study and reading?
3. Write something down. It is called journalling. Iti s the process of recording yor thoughts.
4. Be accoutable. Find a person who you can meet with regularly.
5. Learn to relax. Take time to chill, enjoy life, watch a movie, sit on the porch, take a walk.
6. Exercise regularly. Go 15 minutes in one direction and then come back.
7. Be social. Facebook someone, Like somthing, twitter.
8. Learn! take time to learn something, anything.
9. Each day write a list of the top five things you would like to accomplish. THIS CAN BE WORK OR HOME.
10. Identify five things in five year you would like to do?
11. If money was not [...]
The Journey of Leadership
In a time where the work place has changed so much it is now more than ever important to realize the resources and potential we have in those we work with. If we truly want to be successful, productive and effective as a business or organization then we need to see our people more then a means to an end but as a resource. For I believe we are only as good as our people, and excellence is achieved through investment, and investment in this case is people. I know I am a leader today because of the many mentors and coaches who took time and believed in me. They influenced my life and gave input and guidance to my leadership journey.
In my book “The Amaryllis Way”, I share a parable about a failing manager who learns the hard lessons of leadership from a mentor and coach through the practice of gardening and turns his philosophy of working with others around in the process. The book has been a tool to bring sparkle, hope, encouragement and new [...]
Healthy change involves people growing in skill, attitude, social connections and dedication and knowledge. Change seeks to grow and develop people. I believe there are of four stages of growth that will not only help a business grow but it’s people. Stage One is envisioning change. Stage Two is about initiating change. Stage Three is about managing and sustaining change. Finally, Stage Four is all about multiplication, the actualization of change.
What follows is not a method or formula for change but more of an attitude to embrace when working with people. Lets explore four stages of change and the various principle one can use in incorporating change into ones business context.
The first stage of growing involves vision and planning: we need to see what can be realized and plan accordingly. The growing leader develops a picture of what can be and then puts a plan in place to realize it. It can be an organizational plan or a personal development plan. [...]
“And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good deeds of every kind.” Titus 2:7NTL
The servant leader as coach is active in demonstrating behavior through modeling. Modeling is the process that highlights the leader. Sometimes a coach is called upon to demonstrate or model what is desired. Modeling gives others the opportunity to observe an example. It is through modeling that a person can identify with what is being required. For example if a pastor exhorts others to be involved in outreach or hospitality but refuses to do so themselves their example produces doubt or resentment. The key in modeling is to allow others to observe the desire behaviour, identify with it, then imitate and internalize what is being modeled.
I remember a farmer coming up to me after a sermon on evangelism and rebuking me. He said, “You young pastors preach a lot about evangelism and reaching out to people but know one ever shows us how to do it.” I learned how to pray because [...]