I know a lady that has some of the best leadership qualities of anyone I’ve ever met, and she absolutely does not want to be a leader. And doesn’t think she ever has been. But she’s one of the best leaders I know, she’s just not measured in the same way one might think.
We read books, go to seminars, and try to emulate the people in the public eye that have been identified as successful leaders. We conclude that the people who run successful businesses, are multi-millionaires, and have written several how-to books are the people we need to strive to be like. They have all the answers. Well, they have some of the answers. We should draw from them the things that fit our personality and our way of thinking and use those things to
make us better. But we should not examine everything they do and then change ourselves to make us fit their style.
Don’t just learn from the people everyone says we should learn from. Take your time, look around, and pay attention to what’s going on in your life every day. There are great leaders all around you. The lady I mentioned? She has raised a family, takes care of grandkids, gets family dinners together, offers advice in ways so that the recipient doesn’t even know they’re getting advice, and the list goes on and on. I challenge you to look at the words listed below and look at
them in a new light and a new perspective through someone you have never thought of before in this way.
One of the most difficult jobs on the face of the earth may be keeping a family together. Not because the people are bad, but because there are so many working parts to it. Grown kids now have their own kids, and jobs, and commitments, and responsibilities. It sometimes takes work to maintain family as a priority. She helps keep it as a priority for everyone.
2. Time Management
Business professionals are always wanting to learn howto better manage their day. I suggest they watch this lady manage her day. Get up, exercise, cook meals, pick up grandkids, complete job responsibilities, talk to her husband about how things are going, change diapers, spend quality time with the grandkids, do laundry, water the plants, and deal with whatever unplanned situation arises throughout the day. She may not have closed a 10 million dollar deal today, but she has successfully managed precious commodities more important than money. Why is learning time management from her too frivolous for us? Why do we need to go to “more important” people to learn how to
manage our day?
3. Strategic Planning
She may not call it that, but that’s what it is. She makes a list of 6 things as priorities to accomplish every day. Number 1 and 2 are left blank because she lets God fill those in. She is a spiritual person, obviously. It’s up to you what you decide to do with that. Three through six are things she will get done. Make priorities, have a plan, and keep it short and simple. Notice there is not a list of 25 items that she knows full well cannot get done, and then feel discouraged at the end of the day when they’re not. Her plan is not overwhelming. And those daily goals? They come about because she knows where she wants to be in 2 years, and 5 years, and those daily accomplishments get her one step closer every day.
You don’t know her name. She hasn’t written a book nor has she ever spoken at a seminar, and never will. There is probably someone in your life just like her. Go find them and learn from them. Watch them and talk to them. In fact, if you’re paying attention you will learn some things that will make you more successful in work and in life and you may not realize it until later.