Sunday, February 21, 2010

XLR8 The Passionate Leader: (G + L + F = JOY!!!)

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Weekly Inspiration: You Can Do It! (click) Affirmation by Louise Hay from her 2010 calendar:

  • “Sharing who I really am with others thrills my heart. The mystery of me unfolds in new ways every day.” When I speak about leadership development, I often say it all boils down to character and competence. For those of you who have worked with us, the character portion is described as your “Inner Guidance System”: unique ability, personal mission & values and passions. While sharing this information is uncomfortable at first, the people you are asking to follow your lead want to know this.
  • This is particularly true when you have a new leadership assignment. One of my favorite leadership books is: The Leader’s Legacy by Kouzes and Posner. Chapter 11 is entitled “Leading From the Inside Out.” Authentic leadership does not come from the outside-in. It comes from the inside-out. Inside-out leadership means becoming the author of your own story and the making of your own history. Or, as we say: “In Search of Adventure.” Kouzes and Posner goes on further to say that people tell them they want to ask the new leader these questions:
    • Who are you?
    • What do you stand for and believe in?
    • Where do you want to take us?
    • Why you?
    • What qualifies you for the job?
    • What makes you think you can do this?
    • Do you really know what you are getting yourself into?
    • What changes are you planning to make?

Special Edition: The Leadership Lessons of Tiger Woods -

Like many of you, I have watched the Tiger Woods story unfold since his Thanksgiving Day massacre. I watched his apology a couple of times and asked those around me what their reactions were. Being and working in the addiction field for more than four decades, I understand some of what Tiger is experiencing and the lessons he is struggling to come to terms with:

  1. Integrity – living consistent with your values. A quote I use from Bill George’s book: True North now is more understandable. Character without capacity usually means weakness in a leader, but capacity without character means danger.” The same rules do apply to all of us - especially our own rules. With a little luck, they will save us.

  1. Balance (physical, mental, emotional & spiritual) – where passions become obsessions. For many of us, it’s around work. How many times have I heard: “I love my work” from the hospital bed?

  1. The “bubble” we live in, especially those with power, fame and/or fortune. Who do we have surrounding us that will tell us the truth? We think we are getting it, but are we really?

What are the leadership lessons from your perspective? Please share them.