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Who do you admire as a leader?

As a child I looked up to people who influenced my life like my parents and teachers, but through high school I began dreaming to be like the people on tv. In college, I thought I wanted to be like a big CEO with a lot of money, power, and prestige. Now that I am out of college I discovered that I seek want to be more like a parent or teacher because of their significance in people’s lives, and not someone because of their money or power.

I came across this great article based on a question that a college student asked people,”Who do you admire as a leader?” I really enourage you to read because it reflects on the differences between what children and adult see as important.

Who do you admire as a leader and why? I would love to hear who you admire.


4 Great Leadership Podcasts

I have been listening to a lot more podcasts and I thought I would share some of my favorites related to leadership.

Inspiring Word of Encouragement – Zig Ziglar’s Podcast. 10- 20 minute clips of Zig’s presentations

Leadership Traq Podcast – I do not think they are posting any new episodes, but the ones they do have up are really good.
Great interviews!

Leadership Moment Podcast – John Maxwell’s organization, Equip, produces these short but powerful podcasts

The Engaging Brand Podcast – One of my favorite podcast. Covers topics from leadership to employee engagement.

Mirrors are only as good as…


your eyes are open. We live in a fast paced life and we forget to set time aside to reflect in what we have done and learned. One of my first posts I wrote, Fun House Mirrors, about the how leaders distort their view of their leader ability and character.

Though feedback and reflection a leader should be able to get a clear, authentic view of his leadership abilities. A lot of times we know we are not performing at our best, so we then try to ignore it when we reflect or seek feedback. A lot of times we will know what we need to work on, but ignore because we do not want to show our weaknesses to others. This is the same as going up to a mirror with your eyes closed because you know what you will see won’t please and thinking that if you do not see anything, then there is nothing to change. Looking at a mirror with our eyes closed is as good as looking at a brickwall.

Self reflection and feedback from peers are only as good as you are willing to listen. Reflection can be powerful because it can allow you to analyze what you did right and wrong and then how you can change. Feedback can show you what you can change when you can’t see the problems.

The truth can hurt at first, but after seeing the truth and making changes, the truth can be real rewarding. Look in the mirror with your eyes wide open and listen to what you hear through feedback, and reflection. There is no leader on this Earth that could not benifit from change, but it takes eyes, ears, and guts to see what you need to change.


Sorry everyone that I have not posted in a very long time. I plan to get back to routine blogging soon, but I just switch some responsibilities at work and am trying to get adjusting to a new schedule. Also, my two priorities right now is God and spending time with my wife. I really enjoy blogging, but one thing I have learned about leaders is that you need to know what your priorities are. Thanks for all the emails lately.

Fifth Edition of The Carnival of Leadership Growth

Welcome to the April 15, 2007 edition of carnival of leadership growth. Sorry it took so long to get this posted, but I have been very busy lately. The next edition will be posted at the begining of the month, and I look foward to seeing all the new posts. This carnival has been a great way for me to see new blogs that I would not normally be able to read. Thanks for all the wonderful submissions!

Donald Latumahina presents Self-Check: Are You Doing What Matters to You? posted at Life Optimizer.

Erek Ostrowski presents Creating a Culture of Productivity and Success posted at Verve Coaching.

Brandon Peele presents Spiritual Autolysis posted at GT.

almomento presents 9 Ways To Incorporate Win-Win Philosophy Into Your Business posted at BurstCreativity.

Aaron Kassover presents It’s Time to Address the Glass Ceiling posted at Leader’s Notebook, Our Leadership Blog, saying, “The common belief is that women are assuming more corporate management positions and directorships and that women have free choice in how and where they advance in their careers. Statistics show that this is definitely not the case – 64 of the Fortune 500 companies, there are no women at all in the management team. Experienced executive Marilyn Tam takes a closer look at the truth behind glass ceilings.”

edithyeung presents Stay in Line for the Oysters (Inspired by Keith Cunningham) posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act., saying, “Keith Gunningham is absolutely amazing.”

CA presents Small Business Owners: Are you managing effectively or efficiently? posted at Strategy, marketing and project management consulting services for small business: IQI Strategic Management, Inc., saying, “If you concentrate on efficiency, your job and the employment you generate will be outsourced. There will always be someone who can do what you are doing more efficiently.”

Barbra Sundquist presents How One Woman Went from Olympic Champion to Motivational Speaker (Part 1) posted at HomeBusinessWiz.

Patricia presents 7 Behaviors That Mess Up Communication: Are You Making A Good Impression? posted at Patricia.

Charles H. Green presents Quantum Emotive Therapy posted at Trust Matters, saying, “The best way to lead and influence someone, it turns out, is to care about them. Imagine that.”

GP presents I Shoulda’ been a Cowgirl posted at Fish Creek House – INNside Innkeeping, saying, “Having recently moved to Montana, you can learn alot from the quintessential cowboy. But when you’re finding someone who defines who and what America is, that’s the cowboy: grit and determination and hard work and love for freedom and what you have. Being a cowboy isn’t about possessions or money. It’s about finding that toughness at your core”

Sagar Satapathy presents Leadership 101: How to Command Respect through Body Language posted at CRM Lowdown.

Debra Moorhead presents Manager of Life posted at Debra

Editor – Dave Prouhet presents Poor Employee Performance posted at Business Advice Daily, saying, “A Business Advice Daily Top View Article!

There are certain problems that most business owners would like to avoid. Calling angry customers, for instance. Presenting unhealthy sales numbers to higher-ups. And yes, dealing with those slow-moving, low-achieving, company-rule-breaking employees known as poor performers. Here’s a suggestion: take care of the latter problem and the other two might just work themselves out.”

Ririan presents Here’s a Quick Way To Overcome Procrastination posted at Ririan Project.

Craig Harper presents Do It Yourself Prison posted at Renovate your life with Craig, saying, “I’ve done some work speaking in prisons and I gotta tell ya, they’re not that much fun.
I’ve also done some work with people who have never been near a (real) jail…. yet in many ways, they are more ‘imprisoned’ that anyone I’ve ever met on the inside.”

David Richeson presents How To Define Your True Purpose and Passion in Life posted at 360 Degree Success, saying, “Practical questions to help you become a better leader, with passion and purpose.”

Wanda Grindstaff presents Be the Rhino, A Life of Purpose and Intention posted at Creating Abundant Lifestyles Begin With Abundance Mindset, saying, “the Rhino knows where he is going and will not be misguided or held back by the beliefs of others”

Caroline Latham presents Easy Steps to Improve Your Brain Health Now posted at SharpBrains, saying, “A leader needs to make sound decisions under pressure, be flexible and creative in finding solutions to problems, and be able to focus on the tasks at hand. All these skills can be improved with better brain fitness.”

Bill Sheridan presents Ask…Don’t Tell posted at The Freestyle Entrepreneur.

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Jesus’s Leadership Part 1 – Being A Servant

Tomorrow is Good Friday and I thought I would write three posts on how, the greatest leader ever in my opinion, Jesus Christ lead while on this Earth. Before being arrested by Roman Soldiers Jesus illustrated on more teaching about servanthood to his disciples.

John 13 3-17 The Message

3-6Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?”

7Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but it will be clear enough to you later.”

8Peter persisted, “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!”

Jesus said, “If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.”

9″Master!” said Peter. “Not only my feet, then. Wash my hands! Wash my head!”

10-12Jesus said, “If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you’re clean from head to toe. My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene. So now you’re clean. But not every one of you.” (He knew who was betraying him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you.”) After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table.

12-17Then he said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life.

Jesus was not supposed to be on his knees cleaning his disciples’ feet, but through this he showed them that they that they are called to be a servant as he is. Jesus understood God had given him all this power, but also understood God trusted him with it.

One of the challenges of servant leadership is understanding what a servant is. A lot of times associate a servant as a few actions, but Jesus understood it wasn’t just what he did, but who he is. Servanthood is a lifestyle without pride and ego, and with confidence in one’s self, and authentic love for others.

Jesus showed his disciples servanthood by getting on his knees to wash his disciples’ feet. How can we serve others around us?

The next two posts will come on Saturday and Sunday.

Edition #4 Carnival of Leadership Growth – April 1, 2007

Welcome to the April 1, 2007 edition of carnival of leadership growth.

Zechary presents Chat to help people posted at Zechary White, saying, “You can help people by just check.”

Christine Kane presents Rust Never Sleeps posted at Christine Kane.

Ellesse presents How to Find a Good Mentor posted at Goal Setting College.

Hal Sommerschield, Ph.D. presents North Star Mental Fitness Blog: Word Processing and the Benefits of Success posted at North Star Mental Fitness Blog.

Vahid Chaychi presents The First Step to Start an Online Work at Home Business posted at Internet and Search Engine Marketing, saying, “There are many who love to start an online business that can be done from home. There problem is they don’t know “how” and “from where”. The most important thing in starting a new business is making a serious decision. Without a serious decision, no business will be started.”

Charles H. Green presents Trust Tip 35: Reciprocity, Sales and Suicide Hot Lines posted at Trust Matters, saying, “Suicide hotlines teach something very important about trust and persuasion. When you pick up a call in a suicide hotline center, the first impulse is to try and start talking; to try and convince the caller not to kill himself. It’s the exact wrong thing to do.”

Thom Singer presents Your Personal Vision Of Success Makes The Difference posted at SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.

Sagar Satapathy presents 101 Bonehead Mistakes Every Manager Should Avoid posted at Business Intelligence Lowdown.

Alan presents Choosing a Self-Help Guru, Site or Program posted at Made to Be Great.

Editor – Dave Prouhet presents Overcoming Procrastination posted at Business Advice Daily, saying, “f you see yourself as someone who puts things off or procrastinates, don’t despair. Eliminating delay is a skill that can be learned. And if you want more serendipity in your life, more chances to be in the right place at the right time, more “lucky breaks,” and even more energy, it is well worth the effort required to develop this skill. Here are five easy steps to ending delay…”

The Positivity Blog presents Why some people almost always are successful posted at Henrik Edberg.

Leon Gettler presents CEO invincibility – why they turn bad posted at Sox First, saying, “With the jury selected in the Conrad Black trial, it’s worth looking at why some corporate leaders go off the rails? Is it greed? Arrogance? Studies show that it’s because they believe the rules don’t apply to them. They’re invincible, y’see.”

Laura Ricci presents Supporting Community Growth and Continuance posted at Laura’s Winning Ideas, saying, “re-submitting and hoping for guidance to send you what you are looking for!”

Sudhanshu presents Entrepreneurship and 300 posted at Gyaan Sutra, saying, “This post is about what I learned about entrepreneurship from the movie ‘300’”

Ted Reimers presents Best Business Schools for the Entrepreneur posted at CampusGrotto.

CA presents Small Business Owner Syndrome posted at Strategy, marketing and project management consulting services for small business: IQI Strategic Management, Inc..

Debra Moorhead presents Using Vision Boards to Organize Your Life posted at Debra

David Zinger presents The WE(E) Factor: Baby steps to leadership feats posted at Zinger On Strength-Based Leadership, saying, “Some WE(E) steps towards effective leadership that focus on others and small steps.”

Charles H. Green presents Working and Feeling Good posted at Trust Matters, saying, “Being happy at work turns out to have to do with being engaged, and being engaged with being praised. It doesn’t turn out to have much to do with incentive payments. Why do we have to keep rediscovering “treat people well”?”

Jack Yoest presents Managing Management Time: Harvard’s Monkey Paper by Oncken posted at Reasoned Audacity, saying, “The Tipping Point

The Three Second Rule

The Monkey on Your Back

The Monkey on Your Back?

Managers ’round the world recognize this expression as the situation where an individual has the next move in an assignment.”

Priya Jestin presents 101 Bonehead Mistakes Every Manager Should Avoid posted at Business Intelligence Lowdown.

Marcy Nala presents Believe and Succeed posted at The Abundant Life.

wilson ng presents Choose your Battles posted at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife, saying, “We are so used to competing, that we spend a lot of time and resources winning or excelling in unnecessary things in which has no meaning or bearing to your overall goals.”

Sagar Satapathy presents Top 25 Gadgets and Gizmos Every Manager Needs posted at Project Management Source.

Priya Jestin presents 50 Tips To Retain Customers posted at CRM Lowdown.

John presents Success Coaching On a Budget posted at, saying, “Professional Life Coaching is more widely accepted in our society than ever before as a positive and even necessary phenomenon in our ongoing quest for happier, healthier and wealthier lives.”

Benjamin Yoskovitz presents Does Multitasking Really Make You More Productive? posted at Instigator Blog, saying, “The questions is an important one because so many people are focused on multitasking and doing more. Working harder, not smarter. But multitasking doesn’t make people more productive, or better leaders.”

Caroline Latham presents I am busy executive with a challenging job. How is brain fitness relevant to me? posted at SharpBrains, saying, “How stress management may help us improve our quality of life and performance at work”

Anna Farmery presents 10 Reasons why LESS is often MORE to Employees posted at The Engaging Brand.

Ted Reimers presents Benefits of getting an MBA posted at CampusGrotto.

Charles H. Green presents Trust in the Hotel Biz posted at Trust Matters, saying, “If you want your employees to care about the customer first, you have to show that you do as well.”

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