“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
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Good advice from Switch & Shift:
This Leadership Framework Helped Lincoln Save the Union. You Should Try It.
“Leaders are leaders, regardless of their area of endeavor: business, the military, politics, charity, clubs; even family.
The lessons we learn from leaders in one arena are often at least as valuable as those from our own, because of the outside perspective they lend.
Take Abraham Lincoln, for example. To our knowledge, Switch and Shift has few politicians who are readers. But the lessons of this great politician span any field, including business.
There exists a wide consensus that Lincoln was America’s greatest President. He was inspirational, a surprisingly savvy politician, and above all humble (something most leaders in any realm could emulate). But more importantly than any personal characteristics, he got it – he understood how to achieve the mission he was called upon to perform.
How did Lincoln do it? He mastered what I call the ‘Principles-to-Practices Framework’. It goes like this:”
Leadership is not about you. It’s about everyone else. It’s about everyone you may be fortunate enough in your life to serve, to help, to benefit, to teach, to raise up above yourself.
Greater Than Yourself – The Ultimate Lesson of Leadership by Steve Farber is not a “how to” book about leadership, it’s a “what” book about leadership. Once you’ve learned the ultimate lesson of leadership, the “how to” is just detail. And once you’ve read “Greater Than Yourself” and taken the “GTY” concept to heart, you’ll want to read The Radical Leap Re-Energized: Doing What You Love In the Service of People Who Love What You Do, also by Steve Farber.
Same author, two different stories, same theme: Leadership is not about you, it’s about everyone else.
Big Rule #4: Take advice from smart people
(Advice Criteria 101
1. Are they smart?
2. Do they have a conflict of interest?
3. Do they love you?)
Rotary District 5340 is counting down to its 2013 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference, where 300 high school students and 45 Rotarians meet for three days to experience, discuss and practice leadership at the mile-high Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center in Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains.
Kat Edmonson – Be The Change
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965)