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Modeling leadership

Blackboard writings " A good example is the best sermon "

“Before you are a leader, success is about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is about growing others.”

  •  Avoid office politics
  • Avoid gossip
  • Stay away from petty arguments
  • Stand up for what’s right, not what’s popular
  • Look at all sides of the issue
  • Don’t protect your turf
  • Say what you mean, mean what you say
  • Expand your circle of acquaintances
  • Let the best idea win

“Be passionate about your work and have the integrity to stand up for your ideas, but know when to compromise.”

Work relationships

  • You can do things quicker alone, but to lead, you must slow down so that everyone understands the vision and crosses the finish line with you. Travel at their speed. When connecting with leaders, you’ll need to speed up. When you move down the chain, you’ll have to slow down because people don’t have all the communication and/or experience that you have at your level.
  • Express that you care by showing the personal touch by creating a healthy balance of professional and personal interest.
  • Pay attention when people start avoiding you; find out what’s up.
  • Take care of your people and they will take care of you.
  • See everyone a 10.
    • See them as who they can become.
    • Let them borrow your belief in them.
    • Catch them doing something right.
    • Realize that a 10 has many definitions.
    • Give them the 10 treatment.
      • Build people up by encouragement.
      • Give people credit by acknowledgement.
      • Give people recognition by gratitude.
    • Model the behavior you desire.
      • Your behavior determines the culture.
      • Your attitude determines the atmosphere.
      • Your value determines the decisions.
      • Your investment determines the return.
      • Your character determines the trust.
      • Your work ethic determines the productivity.
      • Your growth determines the potential.

Transfer the vision

  • Clarity
  • Connection of past, presence, and future
  • Purpose
  • Goals
  • Challenge
  • Stories
  • Passion


  • Don’t reward everyone the same
  • Give praise privately and publicly
  • Give more than just praise
  • Give perks beyond pay
  • Promote when possible
  • Remember that you get what you pay for


  • Leaders build teams
  • Wise leaders shape their people into a team
  • Experienced leaders listen to their teams
  • Secure leaders empower their teams
  • Productive leaders understand that one is too small a number to achieve greatness
  • Without a leader, decisions are delayed
  • Without a leader, agendas are multiplied
  • Without a leader, conflicts are extended
  • Without a leader, morale is low
  • Without a leader, production is reduced
  • Without a leader, success is difficult
  • Leadership is a journey that starts where you are, not where you want to be
  • Great responsibilities come only after handling small ones well
  • Leading at your current level creates your resume for going to the next level
  • When you can lead volunteers, you can lead anyone
  • Good leaders in the middle, make better leaders at the top
  • Good leaders have adaptability, discernment, perspective (beyond their own), communication, security, servanthood, resourcefulness, maturity, endurance, and accountability.

CITE: The 360 Leader by John Maxwell




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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