No matter how good we are there is always someone who is better. So everywhere I’ve worked, I have always kept my eyes open for that person in hopes of finding a mentor. As I have gotten older and wiser I realize while it is important to have a mentor, it is better to have many mentors.
For some time now I have observed the different management and leadership styles in efforts to decide how to lead…tough decision until recently.
In addition to observing people, I also read a lot of motivational books. So as I was passing through the administration department, one of the books on the shelf caught my eye. The title was “Monday Morning Leadership” so I asked to borrow it. During my lunch break that day I started reading the book. I was captivated in the first paragraph! Below are some of the concepts I gleaned from “Monday Morning Leadership”.
- “When it comes to leading people, there is no problem unique to you.”
- “Even though your responsibilities increase when you become a manager, you lose some of the rights or freedoms you may have enjoyed in the past.”
- “A real leader spends his or her time fixing the problem instead of finding who to blame.”
- “When you write things down, you commit to doing them. If you simply tell me what you want to do, there is really no commitment to getting it done.”
- “When you depend on another’s perceptions to match your expectations, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.”
- “People quit people before they quit companies.”
- “Take the time to manage your boss the same way you manage your subordinates.”
- “One of the ‘main things’ for a leader is to eliminate confusion.”
- “You have to escape from management land and get in touch with your people.”
- “Your job is not to lower the bottom by adjusting for and accommodating the lowest performing employees. You should be raising the top by recognizing and rewarding superstar behaviors!”
- “Doing the right thing isn’t always easy for you in fact sometimes it’s real hard, but just remember that doing the right thing is always right.”
- “Everything you do matters because your team is watching and depending on you to do the right thing.”
- “Guard your integrity as if it’s your most precious leadership possession, because that is what it is.”
- “The most important thing you do as a leader is hire the right people.”
- “Never lower your standards just to fill a position. You will pay for it later.”
- “One of the major sources of stress, anxiety and unhappiness comes from feeling like your life is out of control.”
- “If you want to make better use of your time, you need to be looking for the small increments of time; a minute here, five minutes there, etc.”
- “You are the Chief Bucket-Filler and the best way to fill buckets is with excellent communication.”
- “For you to be the very best, you cannot allow yourself to become complacent in your comfort zone. You need to be reaching for improvement.”
- “So much of life is about attitude and how we handle what life throws our way. Life is good even when a situation appears to be the worst.
A leader is a person who influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal. A manager is one who handles, controls, or directs.
While I still have a lot to learn, I thank God He has called me to Lead…Are you called?
Love Lee ♥