THE PEOPLE SOLUTIONS NEWSLETTER
VOLUME #7, FOCUSING ON:
THE ART OF LEADERSHIP -> THE LEADERSHIP FILES
© Dr. Carol Renaud Gaffney, PhD.
Originally printed September, 1998 reissued November, 2003
2. LEADERSHIP BULLETS
3. THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE
5. CLIP AND SEND
6. LEADERSHIP RESOURCES
The concept of leadership is definitely a hot topic for our country as families and as individuals as we grapple with the "crisis in the White House." I am proposing that we use this crisis to develop something better for ourselves. I propose that we learn if not from our own mistakes, from the mistakes of others. I also think that as we take steps to "identify the leader within" that we can take positive steps toward healing a nation that is still in a state of shock from the current scandal and political maneuvers. The results of the events in Washington have not yet been felt - so lets get proactive about bringing our best forward.
I use a broad definition for leadership. Leadership does not just refer to the charismatic individual who has followers. Leadership is the consequence of knowing who we are, what we stand for, what we want and making decisions in our life and taking actions that are consistent with those.
· Gender or culture does not determine leadership.
· Leaders come in all sizes and shapes and ages.
· Although leaders can be born, more leaders are developed.
· Leadership skills can be taught.
· Leadership can be learned.
· There is a leader within each of us.
· There is a leader within each of our children.
· We can take our children only as far as we have been and if we want them to learn leadership from us we must be leaders.
· The companies we work for want and need leaders.
· The strength of our families, companies and country is due to the sum of the leaders within them.
· Being a personal leader has consequences for life satisfaction.
· Exercising leadership often requires courage.
(Please e-mail your leadership bullets to firstname.lastname@example.org)
THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE
So now, here is the challenge.
· I challenge you to develop an enthusiasm and interest in knowing your values and desires and choosing to behave consistently with them.
· I challenge you to give your own development equal time with the Starr report and Clinton's crisis. For example, for every hour you read or listen or watch about the "leadership" in Washington, read or listen or watch something that is positive and forwarding.
· I challenge you to support each other in developing leadership.
· I challenge you to look for the leader within yourself, your family, and the people in your life.
· I challenge you to have fun and a light heart every day.
The format of the Leadership Files will evolve but in general there will be stories about people who are expressing leadership in their lives - the unsung as well as the celebrity leaders. There will be opinions and information about leadership from writers and speakers and individuals who have studied leadership. There will be challenges to your thinking and to your behavioral choices. There will be challenges for you to know yourself better; to know the people you live with better and there will be challenges to live an intentional life.
Personal leadership, leadership in the workplace, leadership in schools, and leadership within our families are topics to be considered
I request that you examine your life, scour your newspapers, your community, workplace and schools for example of everyday leadership - the people who are living with intention - how ordinary people are doing extraordinary things. Send what you find by e-mail, fax or snail mail. I will compile what comes in, be arbitrarily selective and provide the feedback through The Leadership Files.
The Leadership Files will appear on an irregular basis - sometimes a week between issues, sometimes a month.
"Try not to become a man of success but a man of value." Albert Einstein
CLIP AND SEND: send to email@example.com
What examples of Leadership have you found this week?
What Leadership bullets can you add?
What is your definition of Leadership?
I have had a request for the following information - What are the top 5 concerns parents have - please indicate the age of your children.
The Success Journey
by John Maxwell
John Maxwell presents an orderly approach to developing personal success through establishing goals and taking the steps to achieve those goals. He focuses on the journey - not just the destination - being the reward. He also includes strategies for a successful family.
The Wisdom of the Great Chiefs
Edited by Kent Nerburn
Those who do not understand the past are doomed to repeat it. There is a wealth of information and wisdom to learn from those who have gone before us. Chief Red Jacket, Chief Joseph and Chief Seattle are three men who have experience and wisdom from an extraordinary time in our country's history.
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