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A good leader motivates, doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit.

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Leadership begins with a challenge and an opportunity. 

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The spirit of an organization is created at the top. 

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Like Jefferson, any leader is willing to face new challenges, recognizing in them the possibilities to renew purpose, reawaken strength, and achieve greater goals. To do this a leader must not be afraid to leave his or her comfort zone and travel to unfamiliar territory. Take advantage of the change of scenery, the new circumstances, and the fresh faces.

Accept the call to adventure, and see in the journey an opening to grow as a person and to reinvent or redefine your leadership.

~ Coy Barefoot, Thomas Jefferson on Leadership

Servant Leadership

April 1, 2018 — Leave a comment

the leader transcends self-interest to serve the needs of others, help others grow, and provide opportunities for others to gain materially and emotionally.

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The Law of Navigation: Jesus Charts the Course for His Disciples

Jesus provided good instruction for his disciples on issues such as integrity, anxiety, convictions, problem solving, greed, jealousy, priorities, and trusting God. Why these topics? Because Jesus intended to navigate life for His followers, to teach them how to live successfully.

If we were to condense the Lord’s perspective on success in life, we might say that success involves:

  • Decisions: We must know the truth and accept it.
  • Servanthood: We must find a need and fill it.
  • Determination: We must face a challenge and meet it.
  • Sacrifice: We must lose our life to find it.
  • Preparation: We must develop a plan and follow it.
  • Action: We must discover God’s will and obey it.
  • A gift: We must discover God’s will and obey it.
  • Durability: We must be tenacious and finish well.

~ John C. Maxwell, “The Maxwell Leadership Bible


Seven Definitions For Leaders – Fifth.

Cooperation means working together wholeheartedly. It depends upon ability, incentives, respect for coworkers, and capacity to keep promises. There are other valuable traits, but these four are basic. Not always, but usually, cooperation flourishes best among peers—coworkers of equal ability. To do a good job together they must want their cooperative venture to succeed. Each must want their cooperative venture to succeed. Each must respect the contributions of the others. And, of course, they must deliver their individual assignments on schedule.

~ James F. Bender, The Technique of Executive Leadership

Jefferson: Some Final Thoughts.

Like any leader, Jefferson had to pick his battles. As a young man he boldly chose to join the political assault on slavery. He assumed leadership and was the very person who might have had the convictions and political skills to wage a formidable attack on slavery in America. But he was compromised by his own prejudices and fears. He abdicated that leadership and retreated.

Many of his contemporaries and numerous Americans since have condemned Jefferson for that move. Many others have concluded that he did all he could do given the times in which he lived. But despite the debate over his legacy, there will always be much to learn from Thomas Jefferson—whether he is impressing us with his brilliance or disappointing us with his failures.

  • Be willing to sacrifice. Leadership doesn’t come freely or easily.
  • Assuming a leadership role means that you will be judged; you will be tested. Your courage will be measured. Meet that challenge.
  • Refuse to abdicate your leadership.
  • Leaders are often required to stand on their principles—so protect them. Do not compromise your integrity for ease or comfort.
  • What criteria do you use to pick your battles as a leader? Do you pick the fights you think you can win or the ones that should be fought regardless of the chances of victory?
  • Walk the walk—it’s that simple. You weaken your position as a leader when your actions don’t match your words.
  • Be wary of rationalizations that mask the abuse of power. They can discredit your leadership and damage your legacy.

~ Coy Barefoot, Thomas Jefferson on Leadership

Leader Qualities

The quality of the leader determines the quality of the organization.
A leader who lacks intelligence, virtue, and experience cannot hope for success.
In any conflict, the circumstances affect the outcome.
Good leaders can succeed in adverse conditions.
Bad leaders can lose in favorable conditions.
Therefore, good leaders constantly strive to perfect themselves, lest their shortcomings mar their endeavors.
When all other factors are equal, it is the character of the leader that determines the outcome.

Published in The Leadership Experience Fourth Edition

How are You Holding Your Fate?

Here are five steps to help you get clear on what’s going on and what you can do next. If possible, get a “thinking partner” as you work through these steps.

  1. Be aware. Are you aware of what’s really going on and how happy or unhappy you are?
  2. Do you want to shift? Have you decided to make changes? (You will likely need to ask yourself this question for each change.)
  3. Create space. Allow full expression and unpacking without judgement and without denying any problems.
  4. Mine for gold. Explore issues by asking the following questions:
    1. What’s not being heard? What are the requests under the complaints?
    2. What beliefs and habits are getting in the way and keeping you stuck?
    3. Do you have space for reflection and self-care?
  5. Get into action. What needs to happen to create even tiny shifts? Go there.

~ Anese Cavanaugh, Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization that Thrives