“Become the kind of leader that other people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” — Brian Tracy
We were waiting to have a required group photo taken for a while. After a few emails it was finally arranged. Whew! Today was the day. Personally, I didn’t know beforehand so did the best I could to ‘right’ the face, the hair, the clothes.
Then they arrived. The photographers. Three little ones. Three little leaders! Yup! They took the pics and did an amazing job too!
Leadership: Age Doesn’t Matter
Caused me to ponder about Leadership. Age doesn’t matter. It’s the qualities that count. Those developing and those seasoned. I fall in the latter and was intrigued by the little leaders. That’s how the journey begins.
How about you? Are you giving your young ones the opportunity to develop their leadership skills? It’s an opportunity that should not be missed.
What is the difference between a job and a career? Is there a difference and if so, what is it? Are you looking for a job, career, or a calling? What is your goal? Here are a few definitions to guide your evaluation.
Work is defined as activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.
A job is just about making money ….a paid position of regular employment. It is basically short term.
A career is feeling good about yourself as a sense of satisfaction …what you do… something that is your identity. A careeer is an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress. Essentially, it is long-term.
Your calling pertains to leaving your mark on the world…a strong urge toward a particular way of life.
Which of the above depicts you? Think about it. Is it a job, career, or a calling? Do share! We would love to hear!
Outstanding Millennial change-makers and emerging leaders presented with copies of my books on Success Strategies of Caribbean American Leaders in the United States. The 30 Under 30 event was held at the Inter American Development Bank, Washington D.C.
Among the great nationwide initiatives were Georgia Student Alliance and Passport to College effort to help university students.
Ahhh …the difference you make!
I have made a difference through what God has set…
Jerry Butler, Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) shares his definition of Success after a lengthy senior role at the IDB, Washington DC.
What’s your definition of success? Do share. We would love to hear.
Excitement! That was one retort from a group of Millennials leaders and change-makers at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. They were asked to share one word to describe their thought on the future. Here I share 27:
- Lead (lead, empower, advancement, development)
- Stream (science, technology, engineering, art, math)
Any resonate? Any missing? Do share, we would love to hear.
To have fun in my journey through life and to learn from my mistakes ~Sir Richard Branson
Jessica Stillman in this INC. article Here are the Personal Missuon Statements of Musk, Brandon, and Oprah (plus 7 Questions to Write your own) shared Oprah, Elon Musk and Richard Branson’s Mission statement. They are shared here for your quick preview.
I decided to share my own below which drives everything I do. It reads:
To inspire others to Discover who they are and to Become their Best Possible Self. ~Dr. Shelly Cameron
Have your own? Do share. We would love to hear! Don’t have one? Read the article and learn how to write your own.
Hawaii, Paris, Caribbean, Central America, Vegas, or a Simple Staycation. It’s amazing what a little break can do to our mental capacity. From the planning, organizing and more, all exude times of exhilaration, relaxation and joy!
Yet…The Society of Human Resources Associates (SHRM) shared that over 35 percent of Americans don’t plan on taking all their vacation days this year. A potential year of the Cranks in the making? Here are the reasons cited:
- 43% Saving time for something later
- 21% Too much work
- 15% Don’t have enough money
- 9% Feel guilty
- 9% Other reasons
- 3% Discouraged by their boss
In light of the more transient workforce, employers are trying various options to attract quality applicants. Such measures include a combined databank of employee time off which includes up to 4 weeks off on date of hire. Naturally, employees are ecstatic of this change and proves it’s a great methodology for recruitment. However, this databank represents a combination of paid time off including sick and vacation.
Paid Time Off
Do you plan on taking your vacation this year? If so, great! If not, why not? Does your reason fall into any of the above? Something to think about.
Need help with your workforce plans? Lets connect!
Are you a manager or leader of some sort? Harvard Business Review article shared 4 points to help managers be seen as more human. Here I share:
- Be Personal
- Be Self-Aware
- Be Selfless
- Be Compassionate
In my research on what makes leaders successful, self-awareness was one of the traits that stood out. But being of service to others depends on your own self-development.
Again, are you a manager, or leader of some sort? Take a moment and look at your leadership style. Do people working with you, whether at work or otherwise find you approachable? Easy to get along with? If not, you have some work to do. Enroll now. To be successful as a leader, your people should not fear you. So do what you have to do to improve.
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What do we do in a crisis? When things change within a minute….when there is little or no warning? That’s when Leaders jump in. They take control. Does it matter if they wear the leadership hat? No, it doesn’t. That’s when Quiet Leaders step up; they jump into action.
So what does being a leader have to do with you?
You may say, I am not a leader so this does not pertain to me. But reflect on your life. Are you a parent? Do you have responsibilities on the job? Do you play sports? Are you a sibling? Are you a part of an association, club, church, or more? If you reflect on these, you will find that all these call for some form of leadership skills. At its inner core, we are responsible for leading our own self.
John Wooden’s memoir titled Lessons From a Legend revealed Wooden’s success as a person and as a coach. Lessons included:
- The stance that sports do not build character but reveal it
- Individuals must pay attention to details
- Individuals should be careful of complacency by being quick, but not hurrying
- Individuals should also act with integrity
- Individuals should build a foundation for success.
Wooden’s Pyramid of Success indicated that at the top of the pyramid was competitive greatness. On the levels leading up to it were key milestones such as loyalty, friendship, and team spirit. Winning or losing is a byproduct of individual preparation.
So are you Waiting on the formal leader to show your potential? Please don’t. Arise from Underground. Step up you Quiet Ones. Strive, take the lead. It’s in your potential.
Are you waiting to take the lead on your career but afraid? Let’s Connect