Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Lead Me!



Are leaders born or made? Do leaders have leaders? What are the qualities of a leader? Are you a leader?
I consider myself a leader...but I am not sure I was "born" that way. I certainly had some of the same innate qualities noted as important for leadership, yet I lacked MANY vital leadership traits and skills. Through my God given desire to impact and help as many women's lives as possible I've studied and developed a much stroger leadership capability. I am far from finished learning and developing stronger more effective leadership skills.

"I'm often asked the question: Are Leaders born or are they developed? I usually answer that leaders are much like athletes-some have more natural talent than others. But, without practice, athlete or leader will fail.

Often we hear and read about the quality of GE's leadership bench. In GE's annual report of last year, under Leadership it read:



It's about the four "E's" we've been using for years as a screen to pick our leaders. "Energy": to cope with the frenetic pace of change. "Energize": the ability to excite, to galvanize the organization and inspire to action. "Edge": the self-confidence to make the tough calls with "yeses" and "noes" - and very few "maybes." And, "Execute": the ancient GE tradition of always delivering, never disappointing."
Are GE's leaders born with all these attributes? Of course not!

~ Phil Holberton

http://www.holberton.com/newsletter5.html

"Some people are born to move and shake the world. Their blessings: high energy, exceptional intelligence, extreme persistence, self confidence and a yearning to influence others."~Bruce Avolio

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199909/are-leaders-born-or-made

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership

http://www.forbes.com/2007/11/29/leaders-born-fordism-lead-ceo-cx_sv_1129varghese.html

http://psychology.about.com/od/leadership/p/leadtheories.htm

http://psychology.about.com/od/leadership/p/leadtheories.htm





Are you a leader or a follower?
I believe EVERYONE is a leader in some regard- Take pride; lead by example!!
Together we can change the world!
Santus Reel, a Contemporay Christian band, has a new song out titled "LEAD ME". My DH turned me onto it- The song is it's very pure and stirs up raw emotion in my heart.

Sanctus Real - “Lead Me”

I look around and see my wonderful life
Almost perfect from the outside
In picture frames I see my beautiful wife
Always smiling
But on the inside, I can hear her saying...

“Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone”

I see their faces, look in their innocent eyes
They're just children from the outside
I'm working hard, I tell myself they'll be fine
They're in independent
But on the inside, I can hear them saying...

“Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, but what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone”

So Father, give me the strength
To be everything I'm called to be
Oh, Father, show me the way
To lead them
Won't You lead me?

To lead them with strong hands
To stand up when they can't
Don't want to leave them hungry for love,
Chasing things that I could give up

I'll show them I'm willing to fight
And give them the best of my life
So we can call this our home
Lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone

Father, lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone