“Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints in the sands of time.”
If you have a desire to be successful it’s important you harness that desire and make sure you are taking the right steps to make it a reality! Successful people don’t become successful for no reason. They put a lot of work and effort into their success! Here are a few more tips for you to think about. It’s quite humbling to realise that we can leave this earth having made an imprint in a positive or negative way. What imprint are you leaving?
It’s a fact
In his book Lincoln on Leadership, Don Phillips saw Abraham Lincoln as a role model for today’s leaders…
He managed without overmanaging. Lincoln always gave his generals many suggestions, but never ordered the generals to follow them. He ‘empowered’ people before that word was even invented.
He got out there with the troops. In an earlier version of ‘management by walking around’, Lincoln often left the White House to spend time with the troops – more than any other US president has done – and was the first to come under enemy fire.
He knew what he wanted. His ‘vision’ was set in stone: an undivided union, with no slavery. He gave his followers something to strive for, a reason to keep moving forward.
He never sugarcoated the bad news. ‘Honest Abe’ gained respect and trust by always telling the truth to his subordinates, even when the truth was bad news.
Take some time to think of people who have demonstrated leadership qualities to you. Who are the leaders you know? Make a list of them today. The list could include your boss, co-workers, spouse or relatives, and friends, as well as historical figures, people you’ve met via books, television, or other media. It makes no difference how long you make your list.
Now, why do you consider the people on your list leaders? What did they do to deserve that honour? List their qualities. Explain your reasoning. To become a leader, you’ll need to develop the same or similar qualities.
Would you say you’re already on track? How can you speed up that process? And if you’re not on track, how can you get there? Use your answers to set some targets for your life; then proceed to achieve those targets.
Leading by example
Managers become examples the moment they participate in the group and, from that moment, individuals with whom they work are likely to copy the manager’s attributes, characteristics and methods…
I’d rather see a lesson
Than hear one any day.
I’d rather you walk with me
Than merely show the way.
The eye’s the better teacher
And more willing than the ear,
And counsel is confusing-
But example is always clear.
The best of all the leaders
Are those who live their creeds,
For to see good put into action
Is what everybody needs.
I can soon learn to do it
If you let me see it done.
I can watch your hand in action,
But your tongue too fast may run.
So, the counsel you are giving
May be very fine and true,
But I’d rather get my lesson
By observing what you do.