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Empowerment – Soaring Above Others

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“Let me pass, I have to follow them, I am their leader.” – Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

I love this quote! Leaders all over, wish they had this problem. Great leaders develop and empower the people around so that the leader can watch the accomplishments of those around them and be there when they need help. The leader is not there to dictate every little move others make, but there to help them see the big picture and priorities.

Ken Blanchard talks about empowerment in terms of ducks and eagles. Great leadership produces eagles because they can soar above everyone else. Bad leadership produces ducks because they only “quack” what they are told.

Are those around you quacking or soaring?

Best Business/Leadership Book Reading Practices

Currently, I am working on some type of excel spread sheet to help record good leadership and business thoughts and quotes I come across in books. I was wondering if anyone has any good tips in how organize them so I could come back to them later. If you do, please leave a comment or email me at organcleadership at gmail dot com. Thanks

Great Post on Leadership

Ann Olveri wrote this great post on her observations on leadership during an adventure she went on.

In boldness, there is magic, as Goethe said. Leadership is about stepping up, committing, knowing what really matters, and trusting our ability to find a way.

No one can become a leader without stepping up and taking responsibility. There are many leadership styles, but none canbe seen without someone being willing to lead.

The Power of Vulnerability

Life is full of paradoxes and the power vulnerability is another one I believe. As I was about to write this post about vulnerability, my rss reader came across this post over at The Recovering Leader blog that says pretty much what I was thinking.

Monday’s LeaderTip: Power in Vulnerability
The greatest collaborations are based on shared vulnerability. Opening your mind and heart to others enables you to match your challenges and ambitions with theirs — and find the common ground needed to do great things together. Keep yourself guarded, and others will respond in kind — which hinders all but superficial success. Leadership requires the courage to make yourself vulnerable before others you want to inspire or guide, and anyone with whom you intend to create something of lasting value. When you act authentically with those who are – or may be – important to you, they will reciprocate, and be moved to do their best work.

One of the challenges to being vulnerable is continuing to be vulnerable and authentic after the first time being burned by someone. In my favorite leadership books, “Five Temptations of a CEO”, by Peter Lencioni, the fifth temptation a leader falls into is choosing invulnerability over trust. We strive so hard to stay in our “comfort zone,” but it is outside this zone that we see real growth. It is through the acknowledgement of our weaknesses and finding ways others can compliment you, and you compliment them, that we can find success and growth. Without being willing to step out of that “comfort zone” of being vulnerable comes “yes men” and disconnect because of the fear others might have of what they say and do.

Simon Cowell and Honesty

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Tonight I was watching an interview with Simon Cowell on 60 Minutes, and he said some stuff that is interested me. He admitted to not being able to sing and not having a real musical talent. Then he ernt on about one time a couple offered him $100,000 to come and critique them in bed.

Why would someone offer him that much money for something he is not an “expert” at come to sing in front of him even though he can’t produce or sing? It is because he is honest. Even though I do not agree with the way he puts people down, it is very important to be honest with the people.

People talk about how they do not want to be a “yes man,” but people are so desperate for it that they will go look for anyone to give it to them. As we see on American Idol, honesty can lead to prevent further mistakes and make better decisions, but without it can lead a lot of bad decisions.

Great leaders seek honest feedback. Without it, they running blind because they are nearly running with a wall in their face. It is feedback that turns that wall into a window, and you will be able to clearly see ahead of you.

Teaching for Succession

From the Disorganizational Behavior Blog:

Are leaders also teachers?

Of course they are. One of the primary roles of a leader is to teach others how to be leaders and embrace empowerment. The greatest achievement that most leaders will say they had is the development of other people as leaders. In order to develop others as leaders, you need to teach them to develop and utilize their leadership skills

A lot of times, being able to equip and teach your team is what seperates a leader from a manager. Leaders are not only there to succeed in present, but also look in ways to see how he can prepare the team to succeed after he is out of the picture. This might involve finding ways for you to best equip future leaders so that they might be able take over the reigns. In John Maxwell’s book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” talks about the Law of Legacy – A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession, and through a leader being a teacher it can help secure his legacy.

It Takes Synergy

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I came across this index card over at Indexed, and then read a great post over at the Leadership Epidemic Blog and they both were saying a similiar thing. There are people who are good and implementing ideas and others who are good at coming up with them, but a leader can do both in order to become successful.

Third Edition of the Carnival of Leadership Growth

Welcome to the March 16, 2007 edition of carnival of leadership growth.

Alan presents Tired of having problems? Well guess what.. posted at Made to Be Great.

annette clancy presents Where's the humanity in organisations? posted at Interactions – Creative Strategies for Business.

Arvind Devalia presents Leadership in the current climate of change posted at Arvind Devalia, saying, “Practice leadership based on the courage to live the change you wish to bring about.”

Debra Moorhead presents “The Science of Getting Rich” Evaluated, Part Five posted at Debra Moorhead.com.

Scott Schwertly presents Up or Gettin’ Up posted at Presentation Revolution.

Zechary presents Think It Over; ZecHaryW.com posted at Zechary White, saying, “Think these over, you’ll learn something”

Editor – Dave Prouhet presents Sales Process Flow posted at Business Advice Daily, saying, “Business leadership can only exist if there are paying clients. Part of good leadership is ensuring that the top line is consistently growing. And this happens with a sales flow process – a repeatable way to get sales and to grow sales. Enjoy.”

Erek Ostrowski presents Failure and The Measure of Success posted at Verve Coaching.

Wilson Ng presents The Merely Good and the Really Great posted at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife, saying, “The Pursuit of Excellence starts by a person understanding the difference between being merely good and being really great.”

Jane Chin presents What Comedy Improv Taught Me About Life posted at On Careers and Life, saying, “What I learned in comedy improv has helped me live life the way I want to live life as an entrepreneur. Each opportunity to get up and perform is like applying life skills in a sliver of time.”

Nneka presents Problem Solving Using Appreciative Inquiry posted at Balanced Life Center, saying, “Appreciative Inquiry emerged in corporate America as a way to improve customer satisfaction. Learn how you can use it in your life to meet challenges.”

Alvaro Fernandez presents Stress Management Workshop for International Women’s Day posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution, saying, “Exercises and tips for better stress management, based on a leadership training workshop we just gave.”

Marcy Nala presents Be Your Own Guru posted at The Abundant Life.

Alan presents It gets lonely at the top – How to handle rejection posted at Made to Be Great.

Praveen presents How to Succeed posted at My Simple Trading System.

Walt presents “A Winner Never Quits And A Quitter Never Wins” posted at Walt Nation!.

Debra Moorhead presents It’s Always A Wide Chasm posted at Debra Moorhead.com.

Christopher J. Brunner presents The Adverse Effects of Poor Communication posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, “Some of the common communication mistakes that may adversely affect the success of your business.”

Travis Sinquefield presents ALA Loop posted at Disorganizational Behavior.

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