The Dominant Quality In Leaders Of Distinction

MB Text 8-14-2015 (Leadership Qualities)It’s no secret that corporations look for prolific leaders to drive the corporate success van. This means putting the right person in the right role and surrounding that person with the right personnel. By doing so, corporate decision makers can increase the chances of producing a profit for its investors and show significant growth by the end of the year. So, what should their question be before starting their hunt for such a person(s)?

The primary question should not be, “Who is a difference maker?” Rather, it should be, “What qualities make one a difference maker?” Once this is established, the manhunt can begin since the search will narrow in on qualities rather than a person. Many mistakes have been made by people in search of the one person they believe can help change things for them or their team. Whether corporate or personal, judging and sizing up a person based on their present condition, or outward appearance, may prove to be impractical.

People who possess qualities which make them stand out aren’t as easily discernable. One reason, is they are not ambitious, nor do they have need of a title to define them. You may find a person who knows how to say the right words and is an over achiever, but lacks discipline and integrity. The person who is truly a difference maker is more interested in the quality of their work, than their work looking as though it has quality.

Let me explain what I consider to be an attribute. An attribute is a quality or characteristic of someone or something which gives credit for things such as a body of work, art, or a saying. An attribute can be considered a standard or conviction which causes a person to stand out. Imagine being in the company of difference makers who care about making a difference in society and in the lives of others.

What do you have when an entire team of people with difference maker qualities come together? What you have is a winning combination who can never be defeated. A difference maker is someone who is willing and able to fill all aspects of their role with confidence, who consistently delivers on objectives, and who follows or leads their team to peak performance. They understand their role is as essential as the next man’s. In many cases, a difference maker shakes things up, brings forth change, and demands results from themselves and their colleagues. They aren’t interested in being popular; they want success for the company or team even if it means not leading. With this attitude they will hit their targets and inspire their teams to do the same.

Difference makers are self-motivated. Difference makers are honest, they don’t cover up mistakes, and they are completely accountable for what works and what doesn’t work. They take full responsibility for their actions and results. You can’t tell if these people are difference makers by looking at them; their qualities are exposed by interacting with them. They are proactive, solution-oriented, and take-action people. Their values align with those of their organization or team, and these values drive day-to-day behaviors to pursue excellence.

How does a company, small business, or individual find a Difference Maker? Well, you can’t find them in the Yellow Pages. In the brawl for gifted able bodies, the challenges most organizations face are not limited to the simple unavailability of competent people. The hiring process is not set up to properly identify those who can truly make a difference. Focusing only on the skills and experience needed, the interviewer often pays too little attention to values, motivations, habits, work styles, behaviors, and cognitive abilities. Stop qualifying a person for where your company presently is, and start looking for those individuals who may not have all the skills, but who are willing to be molded into the person you need, not just want. Don’t look for the mate who completes you, look for the person who complements you.

Companies should design employment programs to become mentors to their employees instead of employers. Difference Makers are developed into their role not fit into it.

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Just Do It

Mb-text_1 If you want more out of life, discover your inherent potential. Within this writing are hidden tips on how to discover your potential, which will allow you to make a dent in the universe. If you find them, they will make you wise; overlook them, and you may remain unproductive. Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” However, Edison went on to hold more than one thousand patents and invented some world-changing devices, like the phonograph, practical electrical lamp, and a movie camera.

People who truly succeed in life are those who don’t just do their best, they just do it! Your best efforts will never secure your success. It takes more than effort, it takes passion.

Wasted talent and ability is the humiliation of humanity. The worst thing a person can do is have such great potential but so little confidence. The lack of confidence is a by-product of how a person sees him or herself, especially during times of extreme pressure, frequent letdowns, and difficulty. Pressure in life exposes the weaknesses in the armor, which causes cracks and breakages when people wear the face of pretending to appear strong. It is extremely easy to hide behind the thin paper veneer of words, but words without history are simply chatter without power.

What is a person’s invaluable commodity? What makes a person great and their personality standout? Is it because he or she is funny or because they are smart? I would love to say these are important qualities of a self-assured person, but this is not usually the case. Many smart and funny people are undisciplined and irresponsible when it comes to performing on the grand stage of life. Life often produces challenges which reveal our ability or inability to handle timidity. What is actually absent from the majority of people with great potential, is personal leadership or mentorship. Avoiding a person who can possibly help channel your strengths and diminish your weaknesses, is a waste of your commodity.

Believing that simple effort is effective in accomplishing a person’s goals, may reveal that you are the kind of person who usually takes short routes which lead to nowhere. Millions never reach their full potential because they choose not to maintain their posture of discipline. While a few people do realize their dreams, the young and the goalless have reclined in the comfort of their frail attempt at realizing theirs.

In other words, they liquidate or reduce their God-given ability to weak efforts that are only produced from feeble attempts. Potential is the intrinsic ability one might have, which for whatever reason, they have not come to realize. I am convinced that most of us are content with just trying to live better lives, instead of living better lives.

Force yourself to establish habits that are conducive for you to produce the life or business you want. To reach your full potential or to get close to fulfilling it, you must unlearn many of your bad and unproductive habits. Your chief deterrent, inhibitor, or restraint, is the lack of passion—I mean having a deep fervor to not become a narrator of your dream, but the architect of it. Potential is the full intrinsic capacity which constantly expands a person’s ability to do more than what they may think they are capable of.

Let’s figure out other reasons why these talented people spend their wheels and end up nowhere. Maybe, just maybe, we can awaken the giant within, and cause these giants to rise. Most people have been tutored and motivated to give their best efforts in school, sports, and other activities. However, many of us lack the encouragement that we are more than capable of consummating any goal or task. Therefore, our ability is not limited, but our knowledge is.

Effort points to trying your best to do something even though you don’t reach your full capacity. Humanly, we rest on this premise of effort, only to secure the feeling that we gave it our best shot. Unfortunately, your best shot usually proves to be inadequate for the task. People who do not realize their potential will be satisfied with their efforts and promote their efforts over their potential.

The people who usually claim they are never able to get over the hump, are the ones who are simply afraid to push themselves to step over the hump and experience what they can really do. In other words, the time, energy, and resources needed to push hard to realize or to reach their goals, is too much of a price to pay. They want others to pay the price, but they want to collect the dividends.

Oftentimes, what hinders many potentially great and powerful individuals, are their predetermined limitations. The reason for this dominance of fear, is taught restrictions. Whether these restrictions were learned voluntarily or involuntarily does not matter because regardless, they are very real. Efforts are learned limits, while potential is unlimited.

Never ever settle for getting close, while never finishing. I fully believe potential can only be realized if God is placed in the equation. When you accept God’s divine image in your life, you will never settle for reaching a goal line when you know winning requires that you cross over it.

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The Principle of Leadership

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When leadership is in action, it is a beautiful sight to see. I wonder if the average person can appreciate or even notice the beauty of leadership in its art form—it’s like poetry in motion. People have for years asked the question if some people were made into leaders or are some people simply born to be leaders. Actually, this has been the age old question for a few thousand years. My answer is simple; every person is born with the potential to be leaders and every person can be developed into a leader. So the answer is both. However, the kind of leader a person becomes is predicated on the experiences and development that goes into their shaping.


What are the decisive factors used to classify someone as a leader and what are the standards used to suggest that a person is a good or bad leader? These are valid questions to consider, especially if one is going to confer the title of leader on themselves or others. Can a person be a leader who leads no one? Can a person be classified as a leader whose only responsibility is they themselves? The word leader suggests that a person is in a lead position over others.

Well, allow me to ask you to give me one word to describe what leadership is versus what a leader does? Go ahead; think about your possible answers…time is ticking. Generally, people are accustomed to using words such as courageous, brave, bold, decisive, fearless, articulate, intelligent, confident or shrewd to describe leadership or to point out if a person is a leader. However, I think one word is paramount over all the words previously mentioned, which I believe is a better fit of what a leader is or what is leadership. Influence! This is my one word to describe leadership. This world is inundated with leaders, but we have very little leadership.

What every leader needs to be aware of is they do not need to know all the dynamics of a person’s field of employment or expertise in order to give sound advice and custodial guidance. Some leaders such as CEOs, Presidents of Companies, Military Officers, etcetera… feel it is essential to understand the dynamics of the skills of their employees; from their managers or supervisors down to their assembly workers, so they can properly demonstrate how a specific job should be done. My friend, this would be considered borderline micro-management.

Percentage wise, followers or employees are not the least bit interested that their boss fully understands how to do the job they are assigned. In fact, employees knowing their boss knows their job may alienate and/or intimidate them. Despite the titles of employees, from Payroll Clerks to Chief Operations Officers, people want to believe that their skills are appreciated and properly compensated. They are not impressed with the owner knowing their job; they are already impressed that he or she owns the company.

Leaders should understand that sacrifice is every bit of this calling, otherwise, all you will have is a desire to push people and not lead them. And, pushing from the rears will do nothing but create friction.

Whether in professional and amateur sports; from boardrooms to the White House; from the pentagon to family households and communities, leaders are found in every aspect of life. Leaders, managers, coaches and trainers eventually die and the systems they devised either improve, or become obsolete, as players become bigger, stronger, wiser, and more agile and employees develop labor shrewdness and become more technologically advanced. In spite of this, there is one leader or system that will never go out of style or become irrelevant, and it is the Power Leadership Style. The conferred title of Power Leader is similar in title to La Cosa Nostra, Capo di Tutti Capi: The Mafia boss of the strongest Family – highest of all mafia ranks, the boss of bosses. Other leaders can quickly recognize the intrinsic quality that clothes the power leader without him or her attempting to display their leadership prowess. This style of leadership stands at the pinnacle of all leadership styles because it incorporates all the various methods and techniques of effective leadership.

Power Leadership, opposed to leadership power or leadership in general, is a term I personally lay claim to because of all the different leadership styles that are defined, and that apparently addresses a specific area or genre; such as, the leader manager, the motivator leader, the delegate leader, the authoritative leader, etc. Therefore, Power Leadership is defined as a leader who can harmonize anywhere, at any time, address any issue, with any class of people because they understand there is one common thread among leaders and effective leadership; and that is understanding resolution.

A power leader deals with bringing together skills, personnel, resources, and requirements in order to bring solutions to specific or corporate agendas. These power leaders are good at recognizing strengths and weaknesses, convictions and preferences, and capabilities and inabilities of individuals. Power leaders do not have the perspective of being effective; they are effective leaders because they understand with wisdom their position of power to create or better enhance solutions to circumstances.

A person may not be a “power leader”, but a leader which he or she can be—and an effective leader at that. Vision is a necessity for leadership: trust is a requirement for followers; and teamwork is the result of cooperation. Make these elements work together and watch how synergy is created for any situation that confronts you. As a leader, you can have some of the qualities of the power leader, but not their level of intensity within those qualities.

A power leader can bring simplicity to the most complex dilemmas or questions. These people can be unassuming and not immediately obvious. Still, a presence about them and their clarity about issues and life, give an almost unfathomable impression. When you are in their presence, you can feel completely comfortable, but you can never be disrespectful. Their depth of knowledge and wisdom far surpass their practical knowledge of people’s skills, training, mental framework, issues, troubles, etc. There is no other way to put it; they absolutely comprehend how life works. They understand the business of life and the life of business. This may sound odd to you, but it makes a lot of sense to me.

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Why Great Leaders Are Great Team Players

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Are You A Part Of A Team, Or A Part Of The Problem Causing A Team To Fall Apart? Being able to touch your dream is the consequence of pulling together people who can help you live it. Have you ever met someone who seems to have all the qualities for getting a job done, but they lack the essentials to pull together quality people to help them complete the work they’ve started. This is when the cleverness and resourcefulness of a good leader should come into play. Understanding one’s own gift is important, but recognizing and knowing how to incorporate the gifts of others is extremely important. No “one man” can do any job alone.

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Real Teamwork

Teamwork is a word often used by many who stand on the sideline while others actually do all the work. These people have all the advice, but no history of accomplishments. Usually, the one who mentions how people need to come together as a team is the first to declare that he or she is not interested in being a part of what they consider a weak team.

They feel that if they can help stack their team with overachievers, their chance of winning is greater. On the contrary, their chances are weak because they are actually hoping that a strong team will simply overcompensate for their weakness and mask their lack of character. Therefore, the strength of the team becomes tainted with the spirit of the critic, which will eventually show up.

True teamwork is rarely understood from the standpoint of the critical follower. These people will stand on the sideline and tell others what should be done, but they are unwilling to take the helm for fear of their criticism being discovered as sheer folly. The follower is just as important as the leader. When the leader develops a team, the team must adhere to the instructions of the leader, systematically coming together to help not only the leader, but also the team’s effectiveness.

A team does not truly exist without a leader; but a leader can never lead without followers. Every person should seek to discover ways of becoming effective as a follower before making an effort to become a leader. Good followers always make good leaders. Great followers have made great leaders; and rotten followers have become dangerous and stubborn leaders.

There is one more follower I would like to discuss before I close out this session – the silent follower. This kind of follower is quite dangerous to the overall morale of the team because they do their job, but never verbally contribute for the sake of camaraderie and building confidence in the leadership. They seldom have an opinion and are oftentimes vague when asked a question.

A good follower does not seek to do their job only, but they hunt for ways to aide others in becoming better at doing their jobs. They are fully aware of the fact that when only one out of the team accomplishes their task, it means failure for the team. As long as you are a part of a team, individual success may be applauded, but never truly respected.

People respect and history remembers men and women who sacrifice their individual accomplishments so that everyone can celebrate the team’s victory. Twelve disciples of Jesus sacrificed their dreams so that we can be redeemed to live ours.

5 Powerful Leadership Principles

Leadership? Can you define leadership, and if so, how can you tell if it is active in your life? Can you give an honest, personal assessment of your leadership skills without exaggerating and exasperating the excuse column? Most people will gauge their leadership skills as favorable by using one to three creepy friends that do not have half the brain to think for themselves. My intention is not humiliate or rag on people in general, but rather to point out that when a person takes a census of their leadership abilities, they should use a few mentally healthy people. Allow me to give you what I deem as the five most powerful leadership principles in a capsule. If you will adopt these principles as your own, you are sure to be on your way to positively affecting the lives of many people. Well, without further ado, let us get down to business.

PRINCIPLE 1- Know Thyself
Knowing yourself is not only primary, but a premium also. If you are not sure of your strengths and weaknesses, you will always find yourself second-guessing yourself. Not only will this be a problem for you, but also this breeds uncertainty and insecurities. These poor qualities are an ineptitude that creates huge holes in your character. Work hard at first accepting and being responsible for your character flaws. Do not be afraid to confront your insecurities, poor people skills, and most dominant fear. At least by doing these, it can help facilitate your personal growth and increase the probability of you becoming a good leader.

PRINCIPLE 2- Survey Your Consistency Status
If others notice you as a person who seems to be constant in word and in action, this consensus reveals a powerful strength. People will not have to second-guess your actions because they realize what is normalcy with you. On the other hand, if your behavior patterns are inconsistent with words, this creates uncertainty in people on how to respond to you and increases your chances of people not liking you.

PRINCIPLE 3- Do Not Depend On Your Talent
If there is one mistake I see all potentially great leaders make is their propensity to lean on their natural talent as though that will be enough to pull him or her through the hard-pressed and difficult times. Not so, talent is not enough! Talent alone will not beat the best of your opponents. Talented people can go far, but they cannot go all the way. Understanding leadership is developing your talents for maximum effort, coupled with heart and a strong desire. Therefore, when your talent is not enough, your extra work and development will kick in to take you over the top.

PRINCIPLE 4- Increase Your Communication Skills
It is not only what you say, but also how you say it. I learned a long time ago that people rarely hear what you say; they see how you say it. Like words, gestures are communication. They both tell the listener what you mean as you speak. Your unapologetic character flaws causes people to consider your verbal flaws and actions before they decide to seriously listen to you. Work at getting all communication hindrances and debris out of the way, so that what you say, and how you say it is well thought-out by the listener; which may erase what you may have previously said or done.

PRINCIPLE 5- Seek to Influence Lives not Change Them
To try to change someone’s life is an attitude of superiority and is condescending to say the least. I often say that my aim is not to impress you, but to impress upon you the importance of what I am saying. Understanding leadership is consistent with understanding people. Good leaders realize that people do not change people. People change their own behavior based on what they see and hear. Feeding people the right stuff causes their actions to be right and vice versa. You would be surprised at how much data can be gathered to aid in the proper development of a person just by watching and hearing their leader as he or she lives their daily lives.

If there were only one word to define and describe leadership, it would be INFLUENCE.

Understanding Yourself

How honest are you with yourself? Are you the kind of person who can see no wrong in the things you do, but can see all the wrong in others? If you were stranded on an Island with just one other person, would you want that other person to be you? The last question can be applied to more than just yourself; it can be applied to your spouse, a friend, or even a pet. We all have our preferences about the kind of people we would like to be around, but how honest are we in answering these questions regarding ourselves. A person can learn a lot about themselves if they were honest.

Are you prepared to take a brief journey into your knowledge of self, your skills, lovability, courage and or leadership? Understanding yourself is the first step in the process of determining what kind of person you are vs. what kind of person you think you are. It is critical that you are confident and comfortable talking about yourself. In sales, advancing to the next step translates to progress. The more progress you make in the process, the closer you come to landing the sale. The same is true for the search process in determining what you are really like. The better you are at being honest about yourself, the more progress you’ll make in finding out what you are actually like, so that you can become the person you want to be. You are the product and how well you know yourself is the key to having a better relationship with God, yourself and others. Jesus said that the second of the two greatest commandments is to “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Should this verse not stir up some concern about you getting to know yourself better?

As a willing participant of going through the process to know yourself better, you must be prepared to answer the following:

  • What are you looking for? Why?
  • Why should I like you?
  • What do you not like about yourself?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What is your greatest weakness?

These questions represent a small sample of what to expect during this process. The answers will be different for each person. Being prepared with concise, honest action oriented answers with examples to demonstrate your value will separate you from all other willing participants. To address these questions you must know yourself to some degree. How well do you know yourself?

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