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Dealing with people

High achievers want to get things done now. Leading by permission requires them to do so. High achievers sometimes intimidate their followers. They must learn how to work with others. People do not get ahead unless they know how to work with people and get behind other people. How?

  • Make a choice to care about others
  • Look for something likable in every person you meet
  • Discover what is likeable in yourself and share it with others
  • Make an effort every day to express what you like about every person in your life.

The heart of leadership is dealing with people. The higher the rank, the more interpersonal and human the undertaking. Top executives spend 90 percent of their time on the “messiness” of people’s problems. Good leaders are able to look at hard truths, see people’s flaws, face reality, and do it in a spirit of grace. They don’t avoid problems, they solve them.


Reference: John C Maxwell (2011) The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential. New York: Center Street Publishing


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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