I have heard
tips on being a leader, read many books on the subject and attended various
seminars over the years. Each author or speaker has a specific point that he or
she emphasizes and some become famous for their area of leadership.
Maxwell, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Gerber, “With all things being equal, people will generally do business with
people that they know, like and trust.”
Misner founder of BNI, “Givers Gain.”
One of the
best statements that I ever read about being a leader didn’t come from a book,
speaker or a conference. It came from a trip to Pigeon Forge Tennessee.
travel to Pigeon Forge 3 or 4 times a year, we have our favorite stopping
places before we cross the Smokey Mountains. At one of the stops, as I walked
into the restroom, I saw a picture of a sailboat on a lake. The caption read,
“The pessimist says the wind is blowing, the optimist says it will change but
the leader simply adjust the sail.”
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Wow! That is
a powerful concept. Life will happen and try to derail you. When things don’t
go according to the plan, are you a pessimist that says, “it’s just my luck?”
Are you an optimist that says, “I will keep working and I will get my break one
day?” Are you a leader that continues to adjust to the challenges of life?
There is a
good chance that every person who owns the same home for 15 years will have the
water heater leak and ruin sheetrock, carpet and possible furniture. When the
event happens, do you fall apart, do you become angry or do you call someone in
your network who can handle the issue.
leader simply adjust the sail.
thoughts about a great leader that you know and what makes him or her a great
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