you want to be a leader
who attracts quality people,
the key is to become a person of quality
yourself. Leadership is the ability to
attract someone to the gifts, skills,
you offer as an owner, as a manager,
as a parent. I call leadership the great
What's important in leadership
is refining your skills. All great leaders
on themselves until they become effective.
Here are some specifics:
Learn to be strong but not rude.
It is an extra step you must take to become
capable leader with a wide range of reach.
Some people mistake
rudeness for strength. It's not even a
2) Learn to be
kind but not weak.
We must not mistake kindness for weakness.
Kindness isn't weak. Kindness is a certain
type of strength.
We must be kind enough to tell somebody
We must be kind enough and considerate
enough to lay it on the line. We must
be kind enough to tell it like it is and
not deal in delusion.
3) Learn to be
bold but not a bully.
It takes boldness to win the day. To build
your influence, you've got to walk in
front of your group. You've got to be
willing to take the first arrow, tackle
the first problem, discover the first
sign of trouble.
4) You've got
to learn to be humble, but not timid.
You can't get to the high life by being
timid. Some people mistake timidity for
humility. Humility is almost a God-like
word. A sense of awe. A sense of wonder.
An awareness of the human soul and spirit.
An understanding that there is something
unique about the human drama versus the
rest of life. Humility is a grasp of the
distance between us and the stars, yet
having the feeling that we're part of
the stars. So humility is a virtue; but
timidity is a disease. Timidity is an
affliction. It can be cured, but it is
5) Be proud but
It takes pride to win the day. It takes
pride to build your ambition. It takes
pride in community. It takes pride in
cause, in accomplishment. But the key
to becoming a good leader is being proud
without being arrogant. In fact I believe
the worst kind of arrogance is arrogance
from ignorance. It's when you don't know
that you don't know. Now that kind of
arrogance is intolerable. If someone is
smart and arrogant, we can tolerate that.
But if someone is ignorant and arrogant,
that's just too much to take.
6) Develop humor
That's important for a leader. In leadership,
we learn that it's okay to be witty, but
not silly. It's okay to be fun, but not
in realities. Deal in truth.
Save yourself the agony. Just accept life
like it is. Life is unique. Some people
call it tragic, but I'd like to think
it's unique. The whole drama of life is
unique. It's fascinating. And I've found
that the skills that work well for one
leader may not work at all for another.
But the fundamental skills of leadership
can be adapted to work well for just about
everyone: at work, in the community, and
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