The goal of many of those in the work force is to amass as much money as they can, as quickly as possible. They envision and pursue a financial portfolio that will allow them to retire at an early age.
Sometimes you find strong leadership right under your nose. My sister-in-law, Charlotte, has been leading for a long time. She is incredibly civic minded and has a heart for education among other things. She has been leading an uphill battle to begin a charter school in her city.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Normandy region of France. It gave me a new perspective of what happened during the WWII freeing of France by the Allies. Specifically, we walked the Omaha and Utah beaches.
I love to meet people who love what they are doing, even if they don't necessarily love what they do.Let me explain. I met Kendra at lunch at a downtown restaurant. I was there for a business lunch meeting and she was there to make ends meet.
Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with our Eagle Coaches for an onsite training day. This group is made up of experienced leaders and executives who are committed to using this season of their careers to coach and invest in the lives of leaders across the world.
Ask anyone. Literally. Ask anyone who is in a relationship of any kind. Ask the professional who is attempting to meet demands and create success. Ask the couple who have been married for 30 years, 20 years, 10 years or 2 years. They will all tell you the same thing.
I never knew Uncle Carl. He was a hero, like so many who have gone before us to sacrifice their lives for our freedom. He served his country during WWII and never came home. He left a father, mother and a host of siblings who mourned his death.
You would have thought that they were a losing team. The list of "things that are wrong" was much, much longer than the "things that are right". A leadership team was going through an extensive strategy offsite.
It was a total fail. The message was completely wrong and the timing was awful. Those who were in the room when the event occurred knew immediately that this went directly against the mission of the organization.
There are leaders who make decisions. There are those who don't. There are also those who criticize and nitpick. I was talking with a young leader who washaving a hard time understanding a decision that a leader hadmade some time ago.
He had the position. He had the authority. The call was his to make. This leader of a large corporation knew thata change needed to be made. He also knew that his decision would affect a leader on his team. He had two options.
One of my heroes, Jim Odom, was presented with the Citizen of the Year award by our local Chamber of Commerce recently. This comes as no surprise to me. This man has met with Presidents, led huge projects for NASA including being an integral part of saving the Hubble telescope when it was on the brink of destruction several years ago.
It always catches me off guard. It seems I never expect it. But I should, I guess. The leader was explaining to me what had just taken place. A team member just had a conversation with her that left no doubt of his intentions and motivation.
Zig Ziglar once said, "Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly…until you can do it well". I was talking with a leader who was experiencing the repercussions of a superior who lead with bullying, intimidating tactics. It seems the boss wanted results without the discipline of process.
Who are you? Really. What is it that makes you tick? Are you comfortable “in your own skin”? The leaders who are the most impressive to me are those who know themselves well enough to recognize their strengths and weaknesses. I asked a strong leader recently what she considered her greatest asset. She replied, "I believe that I amself aware.”