Words from a Wise Man: Great Leaders Grow

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Words from a Wise Man: Great Leaders Grow

Yes, I know this blog is usually about great women leaders (not men).  The world has seen and heard from a lot of great male leaders already.  I like to talk about great women leaders most…and tonight I am making a partial exception.

I have a new book in my hands that was given to me by one of the authors.  He is one of the most insightful, powerful and compassionate individuals in business today.  He is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.  He is part of an incredibly successful, 33 year old company (making over $60 million this year).  He built this empire with his wife, his brother-in-law, his son and his daughter. His name is Dr. Ken Blanchard.  He is a household name in the world of leadership experts.  His wife is Dr. Margie Blanchard and she was by his side speaking as an equal at the presentation I attended tonight.  What a treat to see a FAMILY of leaders that are helping others and impacting the world!

Here are some bits of advice that I gathered from this family of experienced, relationship-centered, servant leaders.  I hope you will find them helpful as you look into leadership in your own life:

  • Work with people you care about. 
  • Find mentors who can inspire and expand you. 
  • Find something you love to do and spend your time on that. 
  • If you are “working for the weekend” and saying “TGIF” every Friday, find something else to do.
  • Making a difference in the world will make a difference in you and the quality of people you get to hang with. 
  • Practice what you preach. 
  • Have fun!

For my friends who are budding entrepreneurs, or who dream of someday starting their own company, I took notes for you tonight. Before you start a business (or before you continue to put all you have into one), make sure you pass these four test questions first:

1. Joy Test.  Do you love what you are doing?  If you love what you are doing, then don’t worry so much about the how to create a successful company around that – go find mentors to help you with that part.  The passion and love for your gifts is something nobody else can create for you.

2. Purpose Test.  Does what you are doing serve a purpose that people will pay you for?  Is there a demand for what you are offering that will result in revenue coming in? (if not, you can still do it, but it will be a hobby, not a business).

3. Creativity Test.  Build what you love doing and find creative ways to expand it for multiple income streams.  If you are a service provider, consider developing a product to compliment your service.  Build a training program to teach others what you do.  Diversity your gift and creatively build upon it.

4. Perpetual Prosperity Test.  Are you creating prosperity for others in the world through your business and gifts?  Serve others and the wealth will return to you.

 The new book is called Great Leaders Grow – Becoming a Leader for Life by Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller.  I am cracking the binding on it right now and will continue to learn all I can and will keep growing. 

Never stop growing!