Ask someone to name a great leader
and you’ll likely hear names of CEOs, politicians, and historical
It’s true that people like Steve
Jobs, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King would not have
changed the world without leadership skills.
But you don’t have to be a famous
person to be an effective leader. You don’t even have to be a
The mother duck crossing the road
with her babies in tow has to be an effective leader if she
doesn’t 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
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
Another thing leaders have in
common is that the more they do, the more they’re criticized. And
it's usually the people who do the least that criticize the
While true leaders don’t do what
they do for recognition, they’re still human and get tired of
constant criticism from people sitting on their derrieres. For
this reason, it’s important to recognize leaders.
If you can answer these three
questions about someone you know, they’re a leader:
1. What have they done that others
2. Who benefitted from it?
3. What have some of those
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
Ten finalists will be selected by
October 15 and will receive a Certificate of Recognition. If
your nominee is a finalist, we’ll 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
To Your Success,
submit a name now.
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