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Leadership – Good To Our Word Like Coach John Wooden

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Leadership is The Key!!!

“Leadership is the key to all success. When we become better leaders, we become better- at everything!” (Excerpted from ‘Nehemiah on Leadership’ by Mark Bowser

Nehemiah on Leadership

“Imagine that you work for the mayor of Los Angeles. It is a very impressive position. You are his executive assistant. You are by the mayor’s side most of the time, assisting him and guiding him in whatever he needs to be an effective leader of a major US city.
One day, a visitor to the mayor’s office happens to be from the same hometown as you, a medium- sized southern community on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. You are anxious for some news from home. How is everyone doing? Has the weather been good? Do they still have that little baseball field on the south side that you used to love to play at during those long, hot, sticky summer days? 
The news the visitor gives you is unexpected at best. The visitor tells you that the weather has been horrendous. It has rained for days, and it is supposed to be an awful hurricane season. Experts estimate that 3- 5 hurricanes will hit the gulf coast this year. To make matters worse, because of economic woes the city has been experiencing the last few years, the city leaders have neglected to repair the old decrepit city levees. These levees are the only real defense the city has against these coming hurricanes.

As the visitor leaves your office, a hopeless feeling comes over you. What are you going to do? What can you do? Even though you haven’t been back to your hometown for years, the place still owns a very special part of your heart. After all, it is home…

That is very similar to what Nehemiah faced in the Old Testament in the Bible. Of course, it wasn’t a city on the coast in the Gulf of Mexico and the threat wasn’t hurricanes. But, I am sure the desperate, hopeless feeling was identical as well as the same desire to do something to make it better.

In this book, we are going to delve into the story of Nehemiah and what his example can mean for us in this contemporary day. You see, I believe that the story of Nehemiah and his success can help us become better parents, better executives, better employees, better friends, better team members…better people. Why? Because the book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament is all about leadership. 

Leadership is the key to all success. When we become better leaders, we become better- at everything! (Excerpted from ‘Nehemiah on Leadership’ by Mark Bowser, http://amzn.to/1ruxFRs)

Graceful Leadership Like Walt Disney

By Mark Bowser

Famed Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar shares a fascinating story in his book Dream It! Do It!  of the graceful leadership expressed by Walt Disney.  As the story goes, one day Walt walked out of the Disney Studio Animation Building into the bright California sunshine.  As habit in those days, Walt pulled out his lighter to light his cigarette only to find that the lighter was defective and wouldn’t ignite.

Seeing Walt’s predicament, Ken Anderson promptly came to his boss’ rescue.  Ken was one of Disney’s great story and character genius’ on the animation team.  As he lit Walt’s cigarette with his own lighter, his lighter became too ambitious and Walt’s mustache caught on fire.  If that wasn’t bad enough, a large portion of the animation staff had witnessed the fiery debacle.

As you can imagine, Ken didn’t sleep very well that night.  He tossed and turned and could only imagine the worst.  The next day around noon, Ken’s nightmare became reality when he was summoned to Walt’s office.

Ken knew his days were numbered at the Disney Studios.  In his mind, he went through his resume thinking of who he could get a job with after Walt fired.  When Ken arrived at Walt’s office, the legendary studio head was waiting for him.  Walt said to Ken with a bright smile on his face, “Come on Ken –let’s go to lunch.”  Walt then led Ken to the Disney commissary where they found a table and broke bread together.

Now, that is graceful leadership in action.  By that time, Ken’s tragedy would have already spread like wild fire around the studio.  Everyone knew about it.  Walt understood this.  Taking Ken out to lunch would have been nice…but taking him to lunch in the Disney cafeteria where everyone could see them and experience the forgiveness for themselves was priceless.  Walt put back together Ken’s credibility with the animation staff.  It also lifted up Walt’s leadership too.  People knew that Walt could be demanding.  That he expected quality and their absolute best.  But, they also knew that they were loved and didn’t have to be perfect.  Hmmm, just some food for thought.

Lincoln Met With People…So Should You!!

“Building trust and rapport with your team is of up most importance for any leader. United States President Abraham Lincoln spent 75% of his time meeting with people. Lincoln believed that a leader must stay close to people. Leaders are other oriented. Lincoln knew that they were a great source of information. Lincoln also understood that his people were the team’s greatest asset. His philosophy was to see as many people as he could.”
Excerpt From: Bowser, Mark. “The Three Pillars of Success.” AudioInk, 2010. iBooks. 

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Influential Leadership

“The Positional Leader has the title. I am the President. I am the Director. I am the King of the nation. Well, that is great. But that doesn’t in and of itself make you influential. The Influential Leader may be the peasant of the kingdom or the entry level employee. Influence is about inspiring and moving people into action in order to reach a desired goal. I hope you have the position, but I also hope you have the trust, respect, and heart of your people.”
Excerpt From: Bowser, Mark. “The Three Pillars of Success.” AudioInk, 2010. iBooks. 

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Why Do Leaders Fail?

By Mark Bowser

Why do leaders fail?  This is a tricky question.  One with multiple depths of answers.  However, I believe there are two shining pillars that are always missing from leaders who fail.  Sometimes, these failing leaders are missing both of these pillars and at other times they are missing just one of them.  But, if either is missing, failure is inevitable.

What are these missing pillars?  They are Character and Vision.  Let’s take a few minutes to explore these pillars a bit deeper.

Hitler was a man of great vision.  A man who succeeded a great deal.   But, Hitler was a lousy leader.  Why?  Because of a lack of moral character. Yes, he thought he had character. Yes, many others thought he had character too.  But, to the masses of the world and of history, he lacked the basic moral character of honesty, uprightness, and love for  fellow human beings.  Because of this, he eventually failed.  We could get into the theological reasons for this failure, but that is one for another discussion.  All leaders who lack character at their core will fail. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday.

The second pillar that is missing from leadership failures is vision.  Vision is vital. Vision is critical. King Solomon in the book of Proverbs said, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  And perish indeed they will.  Where there is no vision or direction, people wander around in chaos with no purpose.  The human experience needs purpose.  We not only need purpose, we crave it.  Vision provides the purpose of the destination before the journey ever begins.

Successful leaders continually develop their two pillars.  They are mindful of their character and where they are going.  Would there be an America without a Washington?  Would there be two countries if not for Lincoln? Would England have survived World War Two without Churchill.  Will your organization thrive without you?  A you focused on incredible character and a vision worthy of the moon.  Some thoughts for us all to ponder.

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