An Accidental Leader
People in all areas of life become leaders by accident. They are not trained to be leaders; they didn’t ask to be leaders. Sometimes they’re appointed the leader by a manager or a peer group. Other times they fall into the position because of something they said or did, inadvertently or otherwise, that moved them into the role. I have, several times, found myself on the management or executive committee of a group just because I offered to help someone “unofficially” with their “official” tasks.
Accidental leadership can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Social groups, church groups, school organizations, charity and work-related groups. Anywhere people get together to do something. Many, finding themselves in this position, ask themselves,
“Now, what do I do?”
Well, first, we must understand that the function of a leader is to support, help, motivate, and guide others. Speaker and author John Maxwell says, “Leadership is Influence, nothing more, nothing less.” To influence others, we need to learn some core principles of leadership. It may seem like a chore now, but it will make life smoother and less frustrating if you spend a little time learning the ropes.
You will need to learn how to Lead Yourself, Develop a Positive Attitude, Learn to Encourage others, Learn to Listen, Become an Example. Don’t worry; these principles are easy to master. Just consider it On the Job training and learn as you go. There are plenty of resources available online through Google and YouTube. Just type in “Basic Leadership values” or “Leadership,” and you will have plenty to choose from. My book Positively Speaking is an excellent place to start. It contains simple, easy-to-read messages around many of the principles of leadership. The book is available from www.theperkolator.ca or phone 705-645-1353.
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Ivan Barker was sentenced in England’s Stoke-on-Trent Magistrates Court for stealing a laptop computer and cigarettes from the home of an acquaintance who uses a wheelchair. Barker subsequently visited the man and apologized for the theft; then proceeded to steal the man’s new laptop computer and more cigarettes during that visit.
Billy and Jim Bob were getting ready to go on a camping trip. Billy said, “I’m taking along a gallon of whiskey just in case of rattlesnake bites. What are you taking?” Billy Bob replies, “2 rattlesnakes!”
“Middle age is when you are faced with two temptations,
and you choose the one that gets you home by 9 o’clock.”
— Ronald Reagan
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: A manipulating individual is trying to control you. Don’t be taken in by them. Instead, stand on your own feet.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Changing how you look at things gives you a new outlook. You will like the “new” you and worry less.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Keeping the peace at home is exhausting work. It’s time to put your foot down. Be the boss.
CANCER June 21-July 22: It’s time to get your life in order. Pay off that debt. Generate additional income with a side hustle.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Re-evaluate your goals. Make changes as needed. Aim a little higher. You’re on the right track. KEEP GOING.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your personal life is getting in the way of your professional goals. Decide on the balance you want in life.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: You and your soulmate are drifting apart. It’s time for you to pull together before you are torn apart
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov.21: Over-reacting will only make things worse. You have the upper hand, take a deep breath and play your cards.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Take a rain check on your travel plans. Your sacrifice will be well rewarded. A new adventure is beginning.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Do the right things and don’t worry about what others say. Financial stability is within your grasp.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Things are a little bumpy now, but the turbulence is about to end. Then it’s all plain sailing ahead.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: A chance meeting has you walking on air. Life is rewarding you with a show of what might be.
Two young businessmen in Florida were sitting down for a break in their soon-to-be new store in The Villages. As yet, the store wasn’t ready, with only a few shelves and display racks set up. But, one said to the other, “I’ll bet that any minute now some old senior is going to walk by, put his face to the window, and ask what we’re selling.”
Sure enough, just a moment later, a curious senior gentleman walked up to the window, looked around intensely and rapped on the glass. Then, in a loud voice, asked, “What are you sellin’ here?” One of the men replied sarcastically, “We’re selling Dummies.” Then, without skipping a beat, the old-timer said, “You must be doing well; you’ve only got two left.”
A juggler, driving to his next performance, is stopped by the police. “What are these matches and lighter fluid doing in your car?” asks the cop. “I’m a juggler, and I juggle flaming torches in my act.” “Oh yeah?” says the doubtful cop. “Let’s see you do it.” The juggler gets out and starts juggling the blazing torches masterfully. A couple driving by slows down to watch.”Wow,” says the driver to his wife. “I’m glad I quit drinking. Look at the test they’re giving now!”
Three couples go into a bar, and one of them says to the bartender, “A round of drinks, please.” They get their drinks, then raise their glasses to a toast of, “To 51 days!” and they drink. The group leader asks the bartender to set them up again. Again, they toast “To 51 days!” and they drink. After they order a third round, the bartender says that he must ask what the toast means. The leader says, “We just finished a jigsaw puzzle. On the box, it said, “two to four years,” and we finished it in 51 days”.
In the men’s section of a department store, a woman asked the salesman to help her choose a white dress shirt for her husband. When asked about his size, the woman looked stumped at first, then her face brightened. Finally, she held up her hands, forming a circle with her fingers and thumbs. “I don’t know his size,” she said, “but my hands fit PERFECTLY around his neck.”
Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, yet it’s the youngest you’ll ever be!
So enjoy the day while it lasts.