Monday, October 30, 2006

20 traits of "excellent" leaders

20 Things Excellent Leaders Do Consistently:

1. Read. They are committed to staying current and learning industry trends.
2. Attend workshops. Again they are committed to learning.
3. Join associations. Excellent leaders know that being a part of one or more professional associations is important. More importantly they get involved and volunteer their expertise.
4. Take time off. They make taking time off a priority.
5. Network. Excellent leaders are master networkers.
6. Believe. They believe in themselves and their abilities. Self-doubt and low self-esteem are stumbling blocks.
7. Look at the big picture. Excellent leaders have an unnatural ability for seeing the big picture. They are visionary and help others to embrace their vision.
8. Goal-orientated. However they do it - great leaders set goals in some way or another.
9. Mentor. They mentor others and have a mentor or two. Valuing both giving and receiving feedback.
10. Work with integrity. Great leaders are honest, hard-working and conduct all their business dealing with integrity.
11. Develop others. Excellent leaders make developing and challenging others a priority.
12. Care about others. True leaders genuinely care about people. They make time for them and they are passionate about helping others develop their true potential.
13. Discipline themselves. Leadership requires discipline. Excellent leaders discipline themselves in order to accomplish the tasks at hand.
14. Have fun. The best leaders are the ones who love what they do and have fun with it. Everyone wants to be around a leader who knows how to have fun but still gets the job done.
15. Willing to sacrifice. Leadership often equals sacrifice in some form or another. Great leaders are willing to sacrifice for the team - excellent leaders will never let on that they had to sacrifice for the team.
16. Speak boldly. They are not afraid to speak their mind. Yet they are able to do so with respect.
17. Willing to get their hands dirty. I love when I watch a leader jump in and get dirty. True leaders are able to put aside their role and do whatever needs to be done - even if it's not glamorous.
18. Act humbly. Excellent leaders do not flaunt their status or power. They are humble and have a commitment to serve others.
19. Think often. Leadership requires thought and planning. Excellent leaders plan time to think and to process information before making major decisions.
20. Are awesome! Excellent leaders are awesome - they are dynamic, focused and you feel better when you are around them.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Four key skills to master now.....

You probably know that I'm big into self-improvement. Here's a quick little article with a few solid tips to improve not only your at work performance, but overall life.

If you see other articles of this sort, please send them to me!

European Car Delivery

Check out this cool and economical way to buy a new car - pick it up in Europe, use it to tour, then have it shipped home, all at a lower cost than purchasing in the US!

With my new friends on the Great Wall of China

With my new friends on the Great Wall of China
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World sun clock

Uncommon Man's Creed

"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon -- if I can. I seek opportunity -- not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I wish to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole, I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud, and unafraid, to think and act for myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, "this I have done." All this is what it means to be an American." -- Anonymous