There are many qualities required of a leader. All areas of our lives require leaders, and each of us can become a leader in at least one of those areas. The four M’s that follow are the building blocks on which the other qualities rest.
1) Mentorship: Very few people are “born” leaders. Those who are, have to blend their natural talents with some learned skills. So, for them to become a leader, someone has to teach them those skills. That is where a mentor comes into play. To teach, guide and set the examples for the aspiring leader to follow. He or she will guide the new leader into the ‘balancing’ of all aspects of life, both business and personal.
2) Morality: Without morality, there can be no leadership. Your ethics (honesty, integrity, loyalty and morals) are the qualities that will attract people to you. Most people will not follow an immoral person for long before realizing they are on the wrong path. Here is where the “Law of Attraction” comes into play; you will attract to you what you ARE, not what you want.
3) Momentum: All leaders must set the pace; they are always alongside the front-runners. You cannot lead an army from the back (though some have tried). The leader leads with enthusiasm. People will go along with someone who has created momentum, knows the destination, and moves towards it.
4) Morale: Having been mentored, the leader must now become the mentor. They now have the responsibility of teaching and guiding others. They must have a clear vision of the objectives and impart that vision to those they wish to lead. They must encourage, motivate and develop a team spirit while still allowing each player to be individuals. They must continually strive for excellence and —–
Set a good example for those who follow.
A steel company, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers. On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers, and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, “How much money do you make a week?” A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, “I make $400 a week. Why?” The CEO said, “Wait right here.” He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1600 in cash and said, “Here’s a month’s pay. Now GET OUT and don’t come back.” Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?” From across the room, a voice said, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”
“No person was ever honoured for what he receives.
Honour has been the reward for what he gave.”
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19:Some secrets are shared. Be careful whom you believe. Get the facts before repeating what may be gossip.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: This is an excellent week to experiment with that new project. Productivity signs are high. You can accomplish much.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Teamwork works well both at home and in the office. Could you be the problem at both places?
CANCER June 21-July 22: Domestic pressures accelerate. Expect bad news to travel fast. Don’t try to keep pace with others.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: What starts as a frustrating experience will turn into a great adventure. Don’t give up too quickly. Hang in there!
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: A more positive approach to a negative situation will garner more significant results. Don’t be surprised when you succeed.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: A great week to travel! Head out on the road and take your time before returning home. A business outlook is good.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: This may be a good time to call in favours due. Your reward will be in direct proportion to the help you’ve provided in the past.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Romantic partner should be more sympathetic to your needs. Communication is vital if you want to cement your relationship.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: A friend will return a lost item to you. You may have to probe deeply to discover the whole story.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: A more flexible schedule will reduce stress. And, set a little time each day, just for you.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Patience will be hard to come by this week. Keep your temper in check and swallow your pride, if necessary, to keep the peace.
A terrific explosion occurs in a gunpowder factory and after they cleared the mess. An inquiry began.
A survivor is asked to make a statement. “Okay, Simpson,” says the investigator, “you were near the scene; what happened?”
“Well, it’s like this. Old Charley Higgins was in the mixing room, and I saw him take a cigarette out of his pocket and light up.”
“He was smoking in the mixing room?” the investigator said in stunned horror, “How long had he been with the company?”
“About 20 years, sir” “20 years in the company, then he goes and strikes a match in the mixing room, I’d have thought it would have been the last thing he’d have done.”
“It was, sir.” came the reply.
Patient 1: ‘Why did you run away from the operation table?’
Patient 2: ‘The nurse was repeatedly saying ‘don’t get nervous, ‘don’t be afraid,’ ‘be strong,’ ‘this is a small operation only,’ things like that.’
Patient 1: ‘So what was wrong in that? Why were you so afraid?’
Patient 2: ‘She was talking to the surgeon!’
In Days Of Yore: There was nothing to stop things from falling through a thatched roof into the house. That posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.
Now you know “almost” everything!
Good words are worth much and cost little.