I’ve heard it said that leaders are born and I’ve heard it said that leadership is learned. It’s probably a little of both.
But whether it comes from your genetic make up or your environment, I owe whatever leadership qualities I have to my Dad.
Great leaders lead by example and here are a few things he’s showed me.
Listen and Learn
Leadership starts with conversations. If you listen to the other person, and really hear what they are telling you – you can learn something about them and about yourself. The more you know about each other – the more you can accomplish together. I’ve listened as he talks with people many times. And he really talks WITH them. Never at them. He listens to what they have to say and shares his ideas.
Embrace Challenges Calmly
Challenge your thinking and challenge yourself. Be open to new ideas while staying true to your principles. No life is always easy. And I’m sure raising five kids who were six years apart in age was not always a piece of cake. (I can not imagine a house with FIVE teenagers. I have all I can handle with two.) But what ever challenges he faced, my Dad kept his cool and did what had to be done. And he still does to this day.
Live their principles
Talking about something is easy. Doing something about it can be an entirely different story. True leaders don’t just talk about something. They get involved and take action.
My Dad does not stay on the sidelines. Even though he is retired, he’s busier than ever. Whether it is creating a neighborhood park, getting a road repaired, volunteering at church, or helping a neighbor, he walks his talk.
Dad’s not afraid to raise his voice and say what needs to be said, He shares with his children and grandchildren the stories of the past and talks with them about the events of our day. By his example he has taught us to be aware, be informed, and express our opinions… even when we don’t agree with him.
Don’t have to be famous to be effective.
My Dad didn’t have to be the President of the United States, the Chairman of the Board (OK, GM might have done better if he was) or a celebrity to make a lasting impact as a leader. He just needed to be who he is, do what he believes is right, and set a great example for his children.
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