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Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)
TITLE: "Is Our Child A Leader?”
By Annette Agnello
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Before long the school wrote back, "Out of 4000 applicants we have 3999 leaders, but only one follower. We need your daughter all those leaders are going to have to have someone to follow them.
John Maxwell has written a number of books on leadership. He teaches thousands of people how to "lift their lids" meaning improve their level of leadership. Probably his most well known book is called "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" Where the natural talents each person has to be a leader are examined.
Even the girl, in the beginning, of our story could learn to be perhaps a great leader, but some kind of leader. In my own life I remember lots of leaders in High School there was a girl named Cindy. She was always popular and led the pack, head cheerleader, lead in the senior class play, homecoming queen, and piano player for the school choir. Some like playing the piano were learned, most were sheer popularity. She never did the work, but she got the credit. You would think she delegated, which would have been leadership. She just took the credit the ideas werenâ€™t hers like the float for the homecoming parade. She took credit for the work, which she didnâ€™t show up for. With her it was sheer popularity. She, of course, claimed all the credit there are a lot of leaders like that. The best definition of what she did according to John Maxwell was that she be using was the law of influence. The true leader was the one who designed the float, came to all the sessions building it and was standing on the float to accept the blue ribbon for best float. Even she had a lot to learn about leadership.
Maxwell rates leaders from 1 to 10, ten being the best. Our float builder was at best a 2, and only 1â€™s and 2â€™s would follow her. The lid is as high as a leader can go, good leaders learn and grow to become better leaders.
About Cindy using the law of influence. By what Maxwell teaches she was using it wrong. He tells of his own experience with his first church. He got things done through this law, but it wasnâ€™t his influence. There was a man in the church who basically ran the church. Maxwell got what he felt needed to be done by discussing the churchâ€™s needs with â€śClaudeâ€ť and Claude suggested it to the church. In the entire time he was in the church he never made a motion, but got everything he wanted done. Cindy didnâ€™t need to push things through with her own influence; she needed a â€śClaude.â€ť She would certainly have ended up better liked in the end. Twenty-five years later she had lost her influence, her popularity, her husband, her figure, and much more. John Maxwell makes a very telling statement, â€śIf youâ€™re leading and no body is following you, then you are just going for a walk.â€ť To maintain your leadership you need trust, loyalty, timing, intuition and much more. The laws of leadership, and how to be a leader can be learned. Always keep looking behind you to see if anyone is following.
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