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Leadership Purpose (Concluded)

by Tim Lautzenheiser
Vol. 14, #4, p.33 (March - April 1994)

A Leadership Program Philosophy
The underlying philosophy of the concepts presented here is based on three assumptions. They are:
1. There are no secrets.
2. There are no victims.
3. There are no solos.

1. There are no secrets. It is usually a mistake to assume that leaders are prepared to adjust to drastic changes in their environments and lifestyles. Assuming they know how to lead and how to be effective followers is also often a mistake. Being a leader for many years is no guarantee that you have mastered the process of leadership!
When talking to leaders who have dropped out, we discover that most leaders took the position with both the ability and the motivation to succeed. What they lacked was a clear understanding of the specific strategies needed to get the job done.
There are no secrets about how to be a successful leader. Anyone who can read a paragraph and follow simple direction can succeed in leadership. The path to success is clearly mapped. It is rarely a question of fundamental ability or motivation. More often it is a question of a leader being aware of effective strategies, experimenting with them, finding the ones that work for him/her, and adopting them as habitual behaviors.
Once a leader sees that there is no secret or magic associated with being successful and begins to identify with a successful image, a powerful thing happens. The daily activities and performances begin to fall into alignment with the self-perception. This is more than halfway to his/her goal of becoming a master leader!

2. There are no victims. Blaming, whether we are blaming other people, ourselves, or circumstances, does nothing to empower us to get what we want in our lives. YOU CREATE IT ALL! (Both good and bad...leadership is Total Responsibility!)

3. There are no solos. We are social animals. Peer pressure is a major force in our lives. Others play a powerful role in the development of our values, belief systems, and behaviors. A supportive environment, which includes positive support groups, is a critical element of leadership success.

Quality Leader Traits We All Like
Have a sense of humor
Have a passionate interest in some things
Have high energy levels
Are tolerant of changing moods
Know how to listen
Are creative
Enjoy touching
Are enthusiastic
Exude self-confidence
Appreciate success
Are sympathetic when I fail
Appreciate when we can be together
Don’t fuss when we are not together
Have a keen sense of justice and injustice
Are sensitive to the needs of others
Can take risks
Have an air of mystery about them
Are not sure of everything
Are optimistic
Don’t make fun of people
Can offer love unselfishly
Are people in whose presence I like myself more and more.

If You Think...YOU CAN!
If you think you’re beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost for sure you won’t.

If you think you’re losing, you’ve lost.
For out in the world we find--
Success begins with a person’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You have to stay with it
In order to win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the one with the better plan.
For more often than not, you will win
If you only think you can.



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