Leadership Wisdom from My Readers (Pt. 10)

Leadership Wisdom

This series is about sharing the knowledge, thoughts, and wisdom of those who comment on my blog. If you have missed any of the parts here they are: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5,  Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9. Here are three more people who’s leadership wisdom you will enjoy.

Bill Grandi  from Cycleguy’s Spin (A special thank you and recognition to Bill. He was one of the first people to start commenting on my blog and he still comments. Thank you for your support and friendship).

“It was President Reagan who is credited with saying, “it is amazing how far you can go if no one cares who gets the credit?” Being a leader who can also follow runs against the grain of some who think they have to lead and want the credit for what is done. I am all for stepping aside and letting someone else take the lead if necessary, especially if it is in their area of expertise, or their idea.”

“I think there may be several other reasons why a leader doesn’t delegate. One is lack of knowing how. Another is (and I guess this can come under fear) is “fear” of being seen as shirking responsibility.”

“I read constantly and don’t limit myself to any one genre. I like to mix it up. I save fiction for home. But I read all kinds. As a side: I personally like the feel of a book in my hand. I like to underline and highlight. I know Kindle, etc is all the rage but I have not made that plunge yet, for several reasons. Some books I devour. Some I savor. Some I blog about. Some I refer to.”

Jon Stallings from JonStallings.com 

“We have to remember that our leadership always starts with us. We can’t always change others, but we can always change ourselves. I also am a leader in ministry. It took me a while to learn that I constantly have to change my style. I have to take different approaches leading paid staff vs. a volunteer. It is also different style between another leader in the church vs. a member. But the need to slow down and listen are common across the board.”

“I try to take advantage of small blocks of time. Even if I just have 5 or 10 minutes I can spend that time reading. I can listen to audio while at work. I try to plan, but I have also had to learn to be flexible. Family and ministry do not always fit neatly in planned schedules.”

“Feedback seems to be one of the most neglected functions in leadership. It is so easy to fall prey to the fear of “offending.” We do a tragic disservice to those we lead when do not help them grow by providing the feedback they need. When giving feedback I try to make sure I keep it positive (praise) at the beginning and at the end.”

Melanie Wilson from Psychowith6.com

“I’ve always thought of responsibility of what I should do and accountability as someone making sure I live up to my responsibilities. Accountability is not utilized often enough as it’s a powerful force for doing the right things.”

“Be a servant. The greatest leaders I’ve known have been humble servants.”

“I like your suggestions of continuing to learn. It makes a huge difference in creativity. As someone who struggles more with focus than creativity, I would suggest that you make sure that not all your colleagues are the creative types. You’ll have great ideas, but implementation will be tough.”

Question: Which of the above comments resonated with you the most?

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27 thoughts on “Leadership Wisdom from My Readers (Pt. 10)

  1. I liked what all three had to say but that first one is suspect. :) Seriously, thanks Dan for including me in this installment. I do like what both Jon and Melanie have to say. They both speak wisdom.

  2. Melanie’s comment about using accountability as a powerful force to do the right things resonated with me. Accountability is also a powerful force to get things done! Thanks for sharing Dan & Melanie.

  3. They all resonate with me. But being “Be a servant. The greatest leaders I’ve known have been humble servants.” probably is the underpinning of what leadership is all about.

  4. ‘We have to remember that our leadership always starts with us. We can’t always change others, but we can always change ourselves.’

    I’ve always liked this sentiment. I think we learn so much in seeking to lead ourselves that it would be impossible to begin to lead anyone else until we took that first responsibility seriously. I mean, I’d never take flying lessons from someone who doesn’t have a pilot’s licence. Likewise we should never expect anyone to follow us if we’re not properly leading ourselves.