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What It Means to Be a Leader

by Glenn Shepard
September 30, 2014

Category:  Leadership

 
   
Today's the last day to send nominations for the 2014 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. Click here to submit a name.

 

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Ask someone to name a great leader and youíll likely hear names of CEOs, politicians, and historical figures.

 

Itís true that people like Steve Jobs, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King would not have changed the world without leadership skills.

 

But you donít have to be a famous person to be an effective leader. You donít even have to be a person.

 

The mother duck crossing the road with her babies in tow has to be an effective leader if she doesnít want them to become Duck Stew.

 

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, but have several things in common.

 

One is that they lead by example. As a kid, I learned this on the Andy Griffith Show in an episode where Andy was chastising people for not trusting a young doctor. Then when Opie came down with tonsillitis, he wasn't so keen on trusting the new doc with his only child. But he had to practice what he preached, and that led the way for everyone else.

 

Another commonality of good leaders is that they inspire others to lead. In May 2014, Jason Buzi started a Pay It Forward movement in San Francisco by hiding money in different locations and sending out clues by Twitter. Within days, dozens followed his lead and brought his Hidden Cash idea to cities all around the world. (To see Nashvilleís, click www.hiddencashnashville.com).

 

Another thing leaders have in common is that the more they do, the more theyíre criticized. And it's usually the people who do the least that criticize the most.

 

While true leaders donít do what they do for recognition, theyíre still human and get tired of constant criticism from people sitting on their derrieres. For this reason, itís important to recognize leaders.

 

If you can answer these three questions about someone you know, theyíre a leader:

 

1. What have they done that others havenít?

2. Who benefitted from it?

3. What have some of those benefits been?

 

If a name and face popped up in your mind, I urge you to recognize their service to others and honor them by nominating them for the 2014 Glenn Shepard Excellence in Leadership Award.

 

Ten finalists will be selected by October 15 and will receive a Certificate of Recognition. If your nominee is a finalist, weíll mail you the certificate so that you can present it to them. (If this isn't practical, we'll mail it directly to them).

 

The winner will be announced in November, and will receive $1,000 in addition to the 2014 trophy.

 

 

 

To Your Success,

 

 

Glenn Shepard

 

 

 

P.S. Click here to submit a name now.

 

 

 

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