Slavery has many forms and names, but it’s still slavery. And it’s still wrong. Can you imagine being forced to work without pay, trapped, unable to walk away, subject to violence or the threat of violence, by another person as they control you? Own you? Isolated, yet hidden in plain sight. This is the reality for those trapped in slavery today. Slavery is illegal in every single country in the world. Yet it still exists. We must END IT Slavery has many forms and names, but it’s still slavery. And it’s still wrong. Can you imagine being forced to work without pay, trapped, unable to walk away, subject to violence or the threat of violence, by another person as they control you? Own you? Isolated, yet hidden in plain sight. This is the reality for those trapped in slavery today. Slavery is illegal in every single country in the world. Yet it still exists. We must END IT. ❌ #enditmovement
- Good leadership isn’t about advancing yourself. It’s about advancing your team.
- Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.
- Leadership is action, not position.
- When people feel liked, cared for, included, valued, and trusted, they begin to work together with their leader and each other.
- If you have integrity with people, you develop trust. The more trust you develop, the stronger the relationship becomes. In times of difficulty, relationships are a shelter. In times of opportunity, they are a launching pad.
- Good leaders must embrace both care and candor.
- People buy into the leader, then the vision.
- Bringing out the best in a person is oftern a catalyst for bringing out the best in the team.
- Progress comes only from taking risks and making mistakes.
- Leaders are measured by the caliber of leaders they develop, not the caliber of their own leadership.
— John C. Maxwell
- Be decisive. Seek the facts, (pray), make decisions.
- Move quicker. There is much to do.
- Be authentic.
- Build your team with people you know and believe in.
- Truly care about each individual on your team.
- Expect excellence.
- Have high expectations.
- Treat your “enemies” with respect and dignity.
- Have fun!
See the Future — Leadership always begins with a picture of the future. What is your preferred view of the future? What is it you are trying to accomplish? What are you trying to achieve? You cannot create that which you cannot envision.
Engage and Develop Others — Leaders are the architects of the culture in our organizations. This opportunity comes with tremendous responsibility. The fact so many Americans are disengaged at work is not a worker issue, it is a leadership issue.
Reinvent Continuously — Progress is always preceded by change. Are you leading positive change? If not, you aren’t leading. What needs to change to move you toward your desired future? Four areas to explore: Self — Systems — Strategy — Structure.
Value Results and Relationships — Don’t be surprised if you encounter major tension on this one. All of us, or at least 95% of us, have a natural bias… we are either more results-oriented or more relationship-oriented. The best leaders VALUE both. Find ways to compensate for your bias and watch results soar.
Embody the Values — More of leadership is caught than taught. When you and I walk the talk, at least two things happen: through our actions, we communicate what is really important, and we validate or invalidate, our trustworthiness. People always watch the leader.
Just for today … I will choose and display the right attitudes.
Just for today … I will determine and act on important priorities.
Just for today … I will know and follow healthy guidelines.
Just for today … I will communicate with care for my family.
Just for today … I will practice and develop good thinking.
Just for today … I will earn and properly manage finances.
Just for today … I will deepen and live out my faith.
Just for today … I will initiate and invest in solid relationships.
Just for today … I will plan and model generosity.
Just for today … I will embrace and practice good values.
Just for today … I will seek and experience improvements.
Just for today … I will act on these decisions and practice these disciplines, and
Just for today … I will see the compounding results of a day lived well.
John C. Maxwell
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed — incapable of doing anything.”
Remember to put the glass down
- “An organization is not truly great if it can’t be great without you.” — Jim Collins
- “Too often we argue about Christianity instead of marveling at Jesus.” — John Ortberg
- “Don’t just delegate tasks to the next generation. If you delegate tasks, you create followers. Instead delegate authority to create leaders.” — Craig Groeschel
- “You are the most difficult person you will ever lead.” — Bill Hybels
- “The signature of mediocrity is not unwillingness to change. The true signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency.” — Jim Collins
- “People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.” — Patrick Lencioni
- “When you are angry, you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” — William Ury
- “When you’re in a position of authority, you need truth-tellers around you.” — Condoleezza Rice
- “I failed him for two years because I was too chicken to have the difficult conversation.” — Bill Hybels
- “The morale failure of a leader will challenge the integrity of others as well.” — Mario Vega