Today, I would like to share with you a few words of wisdom concerning leadership as told by Jim Rohn.
Leaders, whether in the family, in business, in government, or in education, must not allow themselves to mistake intentions for accomplishments.
Good advice. People receive accomplishments all the time in all forms of life. Some of them are deserved and some of them, let’s face it aren’t. What is most important behind it all is the intentions that are behind it. If someone’s intentions are noble, then I think the accomplishments they receive are well deserved. If their intentions are to tear down or evil in nature, I think we must be very careful in rewarding these types of individuals.
Managers help people to see themselves as they are. Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.
I think this is a very important distinction to note between managers and leaders. Who would you rather be led by? No question from me. I want to be led by someone who is going to make me better.
We must learn to help those who deserve it, not just those who need it. Life responds to deserve not need.
I do not totally agree with this. I understand what he is trying to say. When we help people, we want to know that we are doing some good. When we help people who want to help themselves and actually do something with what we are teaching them, it greatly increases our chances of having an impact on their lives.
On the other hand, I can think of many times when I didn’t deserve to have help from people and they helped me anyway. To be honest, it made all the difference in the world in my life. I don’t really think it is our place to judge who deserves our help our not. I think we should try to help everyone we can and let God decide how much our help is going to affect them.
My mentor said, “Let’s go do it,” not “You go do it.” How powerful when someone says, “Let’s”!
People follow what people do, not what people say. If a leader is not willing to do what they say should be done, they are not going to get a very loyal following. Actions speak much louder than words. Doing something together with your team will guarantee results.
Leaders must understand that some people will inevitably sell out to the evil side. Don’t waste your time wondering why; spend your time discovering who.
Not everyone is going to be sold out all the time, no matter what you do. All you can do is be the best leader you can possibly be and not get too caught up in the rest.
We could all use a little coaching. When you’re playing the game, it’s hard to think of everything.
Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone has room to learn something new everyday. Just because you are the boss, it does not mean that you can’t learn something new. We all have to be open to coaching. No matter how much we know about something, there is always someone who knows more. The secret is to learn from those who know more than you do. Remember to be coachable.
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
As a leader you should always start with where people are before you try to take them to where you want them to go.
We all start at different points. We all have different levels of mastery when it comes to different areas. The key is to start where we start and make progress to improve ourselves each and every day. If we can make small improvements each day, a lot of progress will be made over time.
Adapted from “Vitamins For the Mind” by Jim Rohn.