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… and how often have I failed. Often enough to tell you that I wept as I heard the below on audio the first time in the book I’m currently listening to “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, and then the second time as I found a visual of it below.
Please share about how it impacted you in the comments section then reflect, maybe watch it again and with me, spend an extra 60 seconds with those wonderful little ones in our lives today at some point and just hold them, be thankful for them and their gifts and …
Firstly, my apologies for such a break. Prioritising to get in here is something I will master.
I began with a long post to try and set the scene and define leadership in some way as I’ve seen it and where any leadership would hopefully lead us – encouragement to act.
Today we reflect on what I believe is the building block of leadership. It’s not about fancy, clever talks, big public displays of inspiration, or even possibly noticeable or identifiable acts. In some ways it ties in with a quote that good friend Kirk Weisler www.kirkweisler.com shared some time back in his T4D:
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams
Simple. I prefer a starting point back one step here in leadership in it’s simplest form. John Quincy Adams’ quote whilst spot on, talks about the ‘results’ of acts of leadership. I prefer, as I seek to get myself right, as all leaders do, to see any action, no matter who is watching or who I may lead or inspire, as either leadership worthy, or not.
I have no excuse not to work on me!! The internal, my thoughts, everything I process day to day. For no one sees those, yet they are what define me. Leaders get this. How I am able to capture a moment, a thought, to stop and think, then act, with leadership as Dr Steven Covey famously wrote, using Victor Frankl’s incredible works as his base “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.”
It’s where it all starts and until we hold ourselves accountable and see the unseen as leadership, I believe we’re pretending.
As in Newton’s cradle above, all of these thoughts, actions, and subsequent habits must impact ourselves further internally and others in some way. There is no stopping that, the balls that are released, impact the others. Just as our actions do. They will impact ourselves and others, they will either inspire and be worth ‘copying’ or they won’t.
Leadership or not.
Until next time, remember to… lead anyway