Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Leadership: Thoughts of an Entrepreneurial R.E.B.E.L. (Volume 3)

Great leaders cannot take shortcuts on the road of character development. Growing into a great leader requires great: time, practice, failure/pain, counsel, real world experience, book knowledge, applied knowledge, energy, sacrifice, and patience. The process of leadership is more like how a crock pot cooks something as oppose to how a microwave cooks something. You must make up in your mind that you are committed to becoming better each day, learn from past mistakes, be humble about triumphs, share the glory with your team members, take the heat for problems, confront fears daily, and never allow yourself to become complacent. Leadership is tough and can be very ugly, But the fruit it yields will enrich the lives of those who chose to embark upon it as well as those who surround that individual. You have to be willing to sacrifice being part of the "in crowd", work when others are partying, stand your ground when others chose to fall, and practice selflessness when others are selfish. Leadership is tough! If you are willing to commit to the process, let a few people (that you know you can trust) in on your quest and mutually encourage each other along the way. Hold one another accountable and bring others under your wing that you can mentor. The greatest way to learn is by teaching someone else.

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