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Great Example of Using Influence and Power

I came across this article through Steve Rubel’s Daily Links, and it is a great article about Tony Dungy and Steve Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Both are amazing role models on how to be great stewards of the of power and influence they have been granted.

Drive by philanthropist.

This is just like Jim Irsay. Nobody would ever know it, but he’s always reaching out to people in need. He never seeks credit for this stuff, in fact he never mentions it. Sometimes he reaches out and writes big checks for people in need. Sometimes he reaches out to call people who have written letters to him. Either way, this is how he operates. He realizes that he has a responsibility to use the position he has been given to help others. And when he sees someone in need and feels his heart moved, he takes action.

Irsay and the Colts are an amazing example how influence and character from the top can quickly affect everyone in the organization. If we could find more leaders like Irsay and Dungy in this world we would not have to worry about anymore corporate scandals.


Leadership Aroma

Everyone has a natural aroma, whether good or bad, you can only disguise it with cologne and perfumes for a short while. A lot of time to get rid of the bad aroma we have to use good ole soap and water.

Just like your natural aroma, we have a leadership aroma. Sometimes we stink and try to hide it with seminars and books, but after awhile it wears off and we stink again. In order to really get of that stink we need something stronger like soap. One of the challenges of being a leader is willing to get to root cause of your bad aroma; your ego.

You cannot hide your ego with just books and seminars because ego is a heart thing. One thing I have noticed about great leaders is that helping others succeed is a life style not just something they do every now and then.

This can be a challege to some because it is a lot easier to put on some “perfume” and and smell good for a short while, but it is a lot more difficult to “clean your whole body.” It is a challege to all, and I see myself in it right now. I really believe you figure it out over night because it can take be a long proccess with many realizations and fixings. And sometimes we do not realize we stink and takes someone else to let us know.

Edition #2 Carnival of Leadership Growth

Welcome to the March 2, 2007 edition of leadership growth.

Charles H. Green presents Seductive Statistics posted at Trust Matters, saying, “Effective leaders understand the difference between earning trust and measuring it.”

David Maister presents A Case Study in Professional Ethics posted at Passion, People and Principles, saying, “Deciding to “own the problem” and accept responsibility for a screw up requires guts, courage and ethics.”

Caroline Latham presents I don’t want to ever retire. What can I do to remain sharp? posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution.

Walt presents No Plan B! posted at Walt Nation!.

Joseph presents How to attain success posted at Self Help and Personal Development.

Debra Moorhead presents The Meaning of TEAM posted at Debra

Niels Hoven presents Ask Niels: How do I build an emotional connection? posted at Niels Hoven.

Laura Ricci presents Supporting Community Growth and Continuance posted at Laura’s Winning Ideas, saying, “team building, using the metaphor of a dance community”

almomento presents Open Call For Project MastermindX posted at BurstCreativity.

Anna Farmery presents Dear Boss posted at The Engaging Brand.

The Positivity Blog presents Take the Positivity Challenge! posted at Henrik Edberg.

Scott Schwertly presents The Power of “I” posted at Presentation Revolution.

Praveen presents Review of “The Rich Jerk” – Get It Free, Plus $1 posted at My Simple Trading System.

Charles H. Green presents Waddya, Nuts? posted at Trust Matters, saying, “It’s hard to be trustworthy if you yourself can’t trust. And part of trusting is not thinking that everything—good or bad—is about oneself.”

David Maister presents Lions, Wolves, Beavers and Humans posted at Passion, People and Principles, saying, “Most leaders are incapable of team strategy because the key players have not agreed either to (a) collaborate or (b) invest in their mutual future.”

Kapil Handa presents Develop Leadership Skills posted at The Sum.

Jack Yoest presents Manager as Sociopath: An Interview With An Honest Boss posted at Reasoned Audacity, saying, “Your Business Blogger teaches management training. But there is no need to sit in my class, just visit An Interview with an Honest Manager.”

Debra Moorhead presents “The Science of Getting Rich” Evaluated, Part One posted at Debra

Vahid Chaychi presents Viral Marketing Strategies – Learn How to Spread the Words for Free! posted at Internet and Search Engine Marketing, saying, “Do you know how websites like Hotmail and Google became popular and well-known? They didn’t spend a single cent for advertising. They used the power of viral marketing.”

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Beyond Skill

“Leadership courses can only teach skill. They can’t teach character or vision-and indeed they don’t even try. Developing character and vision is the way leaders invent themselves.” – Warren Bennis “On Becoming A Leader”

With character and vision comes direction and trust. Anyone can direct people, but it is character and vision that bring people back again and again to be lead because they trust the leader knows where they are heading.

Useless Leader

I found this great post over at the The Practice of Leadership Blog titled, “Seven Failings of Really Useless Leaders” that I thought was really insightful. All seven of the points made in the post have to deal with the leader killing something instead of bringing life into the team like a great leader does.

First Edition of the Leadership Growth Blog Carnival

John Hill presents Is Your Best Good Enough? posted at Universe Of Success.

presents No Plan B! posted at Walt Nation!

Caroline Latham presents I don’t want to ever retire. What can I do to remain sharp? posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution.

David Maister presents A Case Study in Professional Ethics posted at Passion, People and Principles, saying, “Deciding to “own the problem” and accept responsibility for a screw up requires guts, courage and ethics.”

Charles H. Green presents Seductive Statistics posted at Trust Matters, saying, “Effective leaders understand the difference between earning trust and measuring it.”

Arvind Devalia presents What the world needs today? posted at Arvind Devalia, saying, “The world needs true leaders more than ever before.”

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.”

Wilson Ng presents Succeeding by Looks posted at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife, saying, “Can you be happy or be successful by beauty alone?”

Dennis presents 20 Questions to Change Your Life posted at A Pile of Coins, saying, “(Re-)evaluate your work-related goals and achievements.”

Paul Michael presents How to complain and get a good result posted at Wisebread Finance.

Craig Harper presents The Science of Success. posted at Renovate your life with Craig, saying, “I am of the opinion (and yes, I know it’s not a popular one) that success isn’t as hard, or as complex as some people make it. And before you write to disagree with me, yes, I acknowledge that the above statement is dependant on your definition of success… but I am speaking generally (as I often need to, when speaking to an audience of more than one).”

Vihar Sheth presents Creating Exceptional Value posted at green | rising.

David Maister presents Lessons from a Natural Manager – new careers podcast episode posted at Passion, People and Principles.

Brian S. Nick presents Hard Truths for Leaders posted at Young-Manager.

Debra Moorhead presents How to Determine Your Top 20 posted at Debra

Vahid Chaychi presents Get Inspired by the Success Stories and Interviews posted at Internet Marketing Tips, saying, “You may get disappointed while you have started a new business and it has not given any good result yet. Most people give up at this point and stop working. One of the best things that prevents you to give up, is reading the success stories and interviews of successful people in your niche. Learn how to find and read them every week.”

Erek Ostrowski presents Being Effective With People: Part 1 (Listening) posted at Verve Coaching, saying, “When we cultivate the ability to listen, we begin to hear other people in a new way. We begin to hear what they’re really saying, instead of hearing our own thoughts, emotions, judgments, and assumptions about what they’re saying.”

Priscilla Ortiz presents If You Think You Could… posted at Priscilla Ortiz – Journal to Prosperity, Path to Freedom Inc..

Krishna De presents 5 time saving tips to archive research materials – BIZ GROWTH NEWS posted at Biz Growth News.

David Maister presents Learning to Manage – new careers podcast episode posted at Passion, People and Principles, saying, “This podcast episode explores the skills new managers will need to excite, energize, organize, and produce with your team in any situation.”

Charles H. Green presents The Horizontal Imperative posted at Trust Matters, saying, “In a horizontal world, power comes from influence, not authority.”

Steve Faber presents _The 4 Keys to Success Are posted at Debt Free.

Thank you to all the contributers, and I look foward to seeing what great articles there are for the second edition of the Leadership Growth Blog Carnival.

Why becoming a great leader can be challenging

A lot of leadership books talk about similiar actions needed to become a great leader. They talk about creating a vision, engaging and listening to your followers, and implementation. All of these we can do fairly easily with just a couple of bullet points showing us how, but it seems that is not thing we need as a leader. If it was, then there might be a lot more great leaders.

Michael McKinney over at the LeadershipNow Blog wrote a great article about the study of leadership and points out why leadership is more than vision, communication, and implementation.

The study of leadership is not the study of leadership at all, for leadership is the development of an individual’s whole being which is dynamic and ongoing.

There are a lot of great people who can convince a group to go a certain direction, but leaders are people who can do that while understanding what is best for the whole team. There have been so many “great” leaders out there that have fallen into ethical traps because they neglected developing there whole self.

The “Golden Rule” of Leadership

I remember back in pre-school I was taught the ‘Golden Rule’ that “we should treat others as we would like to be treated.” As a kid we could be harsh and mean to others without even thinking of the affects it could cause.

Grace at A Passionate Life for Christ Blog posts about her thoughts about being a leader and brings up a good point about the role of gentleness and respect in a leader’s feedback.

If I think you’re wrong or you’re doing something stupid, then I will not hesitate to tell you that what you’re doing is wrong or stupid. But I know that I need to do it with gentleness and respect because that’s how I want other people when they rebuke me or criticize me.. If I know for sure that this person truly know me, loves me, and only rebuke me out of love, then there is no problem for me to accept his/her critique and reflect upon it. But if I don’t even know this person and all in a sudden s/he starts criticizing me, I will probably just ignore him.. And based on this, I know that I need to treat other people the way I want to be treated… With gentleness and respect.

We do not always know the people that we lead especially in the business setting where people come and go from jobs all the time, which make it difficult to give feedback. As a follower we seek and deserve feedback, but as the leader we need to ask first, “Will the feedback help them grow?” and, “How can I present it to them in a gentle way?”

Many times I have run into leaders and managers who give feedback in order to lift themselves up and not the ones they lead. This is not a way I want to be treated, so why would I do the same to those that I lead? I hope for respect and gentleness from others, and the others around you probably seek the same.