Leadership Wisdom from My Readers (Pt. 5)

Leadership Wisdom

This series is about sharing the knowledge, thoughts, and wisdom of those who comment on my blog. I’d recommend checking out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Below is more leadership wisdom from my readers. I hope you enjoy:

Paul Sohn from Salt & Light

“I believe positive actions truly unleash the potential of an individual. I see so many who have grown up in an environment where they lacked mentors, coaches and people who had a direct interest in their well-being. Positive interactions give us hope that we can be great, that is in God’s eyes.”

“Character misalignment is one of the fatal aspects of leadership failures. When I see a leader who speaks one thing and acts the other, I cannot help but find nothing but distrust in him. Character like Bennis says is the bedrock of leadership, but also in life.”

“The singular benefit of being a competent leader stewarding God’s talents, resources, and opportunities to REPRODUCE. I think building competence is not an end of itself, but a means to an end. The end is to glorify God, but how? By reproducing greatness. Our job as spiritual leaders is be a faithful steward.”

Juan Cruz

“Insecure leaders are a drain on an organizations resources. First, they will lose the talent that they do have, and secondly they will not attract the talent that organizations need to be successful and productive. Personally, I’ve rid myself of insecurities. My goal is to work myself out of a job, by training people to execute independently, make the right decisions with my intervention.”

“I must agree that is important to discern what road to success as a leader one should take. With many opportunities presenting themselves we don’t have time to pursue all options. But we must work in our areas of gifting, passion, and our calling.”

“I have certainly learned throughout the years in my leadership journey that failure comes with the territory. It’s not something we should be afraid. We should give it our best and try not to fail, but when we do, we have to accept it as an opportunity to learn and grow.”

Lincoln Parks from LincolnParks.com

“I think letting other team members Lead in their own areas is also important. It’s allowing your team to support you as the Leader and grow at the same time. If you believe that you want to grow a successful team allow key stakeholders in your vision as a team to Lead an area. This not only creates a synergy on the tea. But the bond goes deep. I also think enjoying your team and knowing each personally and how they tick is important to creating a cohesive environment.”

“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. This speaks to me because God is leading me somewhere but I’ve yet to find that talent.”

“After failure I would probably break down where I went wrong. What was the trigger that caused the failure and try not to do that again. I love this story of Abraham Lincoln because I don’t think many people know how many times he failed. Most people only know him as President of the United States. And you know what that goes to show you? It really never matters how many times you fail, just how many times you get back up.”

Question: Which comment resonated with you the most?

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  • First of all, thanks Dan for featuring me on this series. Really grateful for that. I can resonate with Lincoln’s comment “The
    person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their
    greatest happiness in using it. This speaks to me because God is leading
    me somewhere but I’ve yet to find that talent.”

    So many of us fail to discover our God-given gifts and talents let alone apply it as we are called as faithful stewards. God has injected me with a purpose to help others discover and maximize their potential. Discovery is the first process and then a laser-focus to apply them in every aspect of our lives.

    • Glad to feature you my friend:) Discovery is so crucial, thank you for adding your thoughts.

  • Dan – I love Paul’s last quote – he and I resonate on an occupational level, and the idea of stewardship in this context is powerful (and often misunderstood).

    In a conversation with a mentor that I greatly respect, I once asked about where do I stop trying so hard and let God take over? How do we match our efforts with God’s purpose? The answer came to me before I even finished asking the question – it really is all about stewardship – I need to grow and develop my skills, talents, and abilities to that very end – failing to do so the same as burying my talent in the ground.

    • Yes, stewardship is such an essential aspect to leading successfully in God’s Kingdom. Thank you for taking the time to read and add to the topics.

    • So true Jon. It’s so true. I’m thinking about one of my future blog posts on “success” and I love what I read from one of the article’s I’ve been researching. “Our
      Father doesn’t judge our service by the external results of our
      obedience, but rather by our faithfulness in heeding His call, moment by
      moment.” It’s more about discovering and knowing your calling and how to steward your time, talent, and treasure to glorify Him.

  • Great thoughts and quotes here Dan. I resonate with what Lincoln said about failure.

    • Thank you for reading and adding your thoughts. Yes, his comments about failure is awesome.

  • Dan, thanks for including me on this list. I love what Paul said, ““Character misalignment is one of the fatal aspects of leadership failures. When I see a leader who speaks one thing and acts the other, I cannot help but find nothing but distrust in him” This was such a powerful message and I make sure that I live up to what I say I am going to do, but sometimes I fail.

    Then Juan said Insecure leaders are a drain on an organizations resources. First, they will lose the talent that they do have, and secondly they will not attract the talent that organizations need to be successful and productive. Wow!!!! This is exactly what happened to me in Corporate America. An insecure Leader loosing people.

    I love the fact that these guys are so instrumental in my continuous growth and Dan you make it so easy to see. Thanks for including me with these great Leaders in this series.

    • Glad to share some of you wisdom and insights in this post:) Great feedback and insights on the other two commenters comments. Thank you for adding to the topics. Your Great!

    • Just imagine how the nation will transform when you have leaders at the top who are more interested in serving others than serving themselves.

  • Lincoln’s comment seems intelligent. It implies that people have to invest in the process/vision.

    “If you believe that you want to grow a successful team allow key stakeholders in your vision as a team to Lead an area.”

    I think it depends whether you should let someone lead (for example if the person in question is incompetent or if the task is extremely complex) or not… But you should definitely get them to invest in the process — and make them feel involved — so that they care!