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9.25.2006

Effective Leadership

Today, John Maxwell writes:

Leadership is Influence

"I couldn't have said it any better. You don't need a title to be a leader in life. And the simple fact of having a title won't make you a leader.

"I've found that everyone has the opportunity to lead, every day. It doesn't matter what your position is, or how long you've worked at your job, whether you help to run your family, a PTA committee, or a Fortune 1000 company. Anyone at any level can learn to be a leader and help to shape or influence the world around them.

"Do you shape your life and career?

"Do you inspire or influence others?

"Do you work to achieve specific goals by working with or coordinating the efforts of others?

"If you answered "yes" to any of these questions whether you realize it or not, you are a leader.

"Leadership expert John Maxwell describes leadership as positive influence. That is the most simple and elegant definition of leadership I know.

"In my experience, people lead for different reasons. The one thing they do have in common is passion -- passion for life and for what they do.


Furthermore, he noted;


How Does a Leader Act?

"What are the key characteristics of titled and untitled leaders?

They:

Believe they can positively shape their lives and careers.
Lead through their relationships with people, as opposed to their control over people.
Collaborate rather than control.
Persuade others to contribute, rather than order them to.
Get others to follow them out of respect and commitment rather than fear and compliance.

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