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What you do speaks so loudly; what you say I cannot hear.

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These words uttered by Tim Marks have been going round and round in my head lately. They have taken quite a long time to sink in though, which is kind of funny, considering the gist of what he is saying is that actions speak louder than words.

How true is this sentiment in leadership though? How many times has this pronouncement been made? Why does the message make total sense when you say it out loud, yet become garbled when you attempt to move the thought to action?

Am I the only one who gets tired by just thinking about being the type of person who leads by example and not just pointing at a person and say “do”? I realize that this sounds silly – and it is. However I think this is just my brain’s way of handling the stress of trying to be more; to be better than what I am.

Instead of taking a chance or allowing myself to get a little uncomfortable my brain tells me to hang back and manage the situation from a distance that it is comfortable with. The result is no result, which keeps my wheels spinning while getting no real traction on the situation.

So, the question I ask myself is this – How do I break the cycle of insanity I have created by making the same mistake over and over again while expecting a different result?

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Become a Better Leader by Mastering the 3 Categories of Leadership Effectiveness

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Chapter 4: The Trilateral Leadership Ledger of Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward’s Launching a Leadership Revolution begins with an impactful statement from Hugo Grotius. Grotius was a Dutch lawyer, writer, theologian, and statesman of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century.

On the topic of self-government, Grotius had noted that leadership boiled down to the individual and made the following observation of men in positions of leadership:

“He knows not how to rule a Kingdom, that cannot manage a Province; nor can he wield a Province, that cannot order a City; nor he order a City, that knows not how to regulate a Village; nor he a Village, that cannot guide a Family; nor can that man Govern well a Family that knows not how to Govern himself.”

What this statement really boils down to is the fact that one cannot be an effective leader over others until one learns to lead over oneself.  Stop and think about that statement for a few moments.  When we think of leadership, we often think of a position of influence, a title, or a credential. However, true leadership potential lies in one’s ability for self-discipline.

moralcompassStop and think of the people in your life that have influence over you, for better or worse.  Put some thought into why you feel these people influence you.  Is it their personality? Do they make you feel good when you are around them, or inversely make you crave their hard to get attention?  Are you inspired by their abilities, drive, or work ethic? Or perhaps maybe you just feel that they are a good person and respect the position of their moral compass.


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