True leadership is leadership that, one day, gives way to another leader.

  • We cannot contemplate leadership development without first considering the state of personal empowerment currently experienced by the one who is in a leadership position…or who seeks to one day fill that roll
    • Empowerment = skills that we have + knowledge that we have + the character that we possess
    • We must take ownership – our own personal growth is dependent on our willingness to take action
    • Basing our decision to act or not to act on the expectation of another will almost always result in failure
    • Do a self-assessment:
      • Do my current skills, added to my current knowledge, added to my current spiritual wellbeing place me in a position of poise and comfort such that I can do the next task at hand?
      • Does my current state leave me contemplating things that I want to do, and yet, do not do?
    • Address this by creating short term empowering behaviors to overcome fears
  • What are my motives?
    • If, “What’s in it for me?” The answer: next to nothing
    • If, “What’s in it for you?” The laws of the universe bend in your favor for a positive result of some kind
    • Do my daily personal behaviors place me in a position where I am open to receive the promptings of a higher source of light and knowledge?
  • Going back to Session 6…
    • Grammar
      • If you hear “like,” “but,” “you know,” the message is lost
      • Start by listening to yourself – hear what others hear when you communicate
      • Communication is the bridge between two people – is it a faulty bridge that you are building?
    • Female Attire
      • Tidy, neat, attractive, professional is perfect
      • Sexy is not good for business
      • Trashy is never good in any environment
    • Male Attire and Grooming
      • Ear and nose hair – male grooming is as important as female attire
      • A lack of proper grooming can lead to a complete breakdown in a business environment
      • “My belt matches my shoes”
      • Collar stays – when you don’t have collar stays, a shirt can look absolutely clownish in a matter of hours
      • Personal style vs. appropriate meeting style
        • Set your personal style aside for the appropriate style based on the meeting participants
    • What time does the 9:00 meeting start?
      • Respect those who are there on time!
    • To have friends, be a friend
    • Sarcasm hurts
    • A person who feels validated will always produce more in the long term than one who feels ridiculed
    • Classy behavior and polite conversation works
    • The “Sandwich”
      • to get a message across that may be difficult, you have to “sandwich” it…usually criticism is felt as criticism – rarely does it feel as though it is delivered in a spirit of kindness and love
      • “I love you, you’re great, you’re the best in your field.”
      • “Here’s the problem that needs to be addressed.”
      • “Once you address the problem, how great you will be…and I cannot wait to tell other people how fantastic you are!”
    • Alcohol
      • Most would be well served to eliminate alcohol from their business
      • Alcohol does not make a business function a more successful business function
      • If anyone has ever suggested that you might drink too much, you drink too much
    • Tobacco
      • Today, in many places, smoking a cigarette is, “not cool”
      • There are people who respect you less because you smoke, even if you are in a market where everybody smokes
      • There is not one person who will think less of you because you quit smoking
  • If you would like to have others to, one day, want you to be their leader, then you have to learn how to:
    • Properly (sincerely and graciously) express gratitude
    • Acknowledge the success of another
    • Praise others
    • There is enough to go around for everybody!
    • A leader’s life not need be lonely
  • How successful do you want to be?
    • Cleanliness
    • Personal hygiene
    • How frequently do we use these words?
      • “Us,” “We,” “Ours,” are good, combing words
      • “I,” “Me,” “My,” are bad, and push others away
    • The truth is the truth…and it is good enough!
      • Don’t “Tell your best truth”
      • The raw, unpolished truth develops relationships and confidence, no matter how painful it might be
    • Polarizing views and statements – have little value
        – Vs. –
    • Combing views and statements – do have value
      • Find a way to advance your agenda by expressing your most polarizing views in a way that combines
    • We are well served to acknowledge that each person is doing his or her best with the current level of empowerment they experience
      • Our world is full of people who are doing their best
      • We can help each person get to a path where their own empowerment levels improve
    • If a leader is to “get more” from himself or herself, the answer is to:
      • Focus on raising their own level of empowerment
      • Raise the empowerment of other people for greater outcome
    • All great leaders were first (and likely remain) great followers
    • Outcome is more predicated on relationships with subordinates than superiors
      • There is always a hierarchy
      • Work to help those below to get the outcome, and those higher will appreciate you

Meaningful success does not necessarily result from doing that which you want to do…but, it always follows a willingness to do that which you do NOT want to do.

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*Please note: these outlines do not take the place of, and are virtually defunct without, watching and/or participating in the online sessions.

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