Leadership is as much an art as it is a science or a set of practical skills (that said, behavioral science and practical skills are indeed important).
Above all else, however, the character of a leader is the preeminent priority.
With that thought in mind, I am always on the lookout for a concise summary that delineates character in a manner that provides a balance of perspective. This week I ran across a list of leadership imperatives by Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Delegation is an essential skill-set for any of us who will find ourselves called upon to lead. As we have said before, in reality the best person for the job is not any one individual… rather, the best person for the job is a team.
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch
There are two very lucid and yet simple points articulated by the former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch (quoted and pictured above). The first is the purpose of learning; the second is who can benefit from what we have learned.
Recently I was asked about the origin and meaning of the name of this consultancy: Plumbline Management. While I have rarely utilized this weekly email to focus on my own company, it seems that the answer to this question bears addressing.
So…what is a Plumbline, and why is the company named Plumbline Management? Great question.
Jim Elliot was one of five people who died during in an attempt to care for the Huaorani people of Ecuador.
His life, and this quote from his personal journal written on October 28, 1949, have inspired countless numbers of people to dedicate their lives to reaching out to care for others all over the world.
Far from foolishness; it’s called true leadership.
For several weeks we have been exploring a number of approaches to time management to enhance our efficiency in the area of personal productivity.
As is so often the case, when I am tuned in to a topic I begin to "see it everywhere" in the content and ideas of others. And so it was again this week. I read an article by my friend and successful business leader Dennis Trittin earlier this week ... and so I thought it would be good to share his insights with my own readers.
Dennis says it this way:
Sometimes a very simple approach can address the situation when we find ourselves too busy.
With that in mind, here are three quick tips for how to handle more requests, tasks, or people than the time seems to allow:
Two weeks ago we looked at the important self and time management tool of learning to say “no.” Our focus centered on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s reminder, “The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.”