The 7 Habits of Leaders
What do LEADERS stand for?
L-EARNING, E-NCOURAGING, A-CCEPTING,
D-UPPLICATING, E-DIFYING, R-ECOGNIZING, S-ERVING
We can tell a person’s habit by where they put their time and money. Since time is more important than money, true leaders spend their precious time in habits where they can get the biggest bang for their time and money. Leaders put their time and money in the following habits:
1) Leaders have the habit of learning. When we stop learning we start dying. Leaders associate with leaders. Leaders seek advice from mentors. Leaders invest 10% of their income in themselves. All great leaders are great readers. Leaders learn about life for life by being on a proven self-directed education system.
2) Leaders have the habit of encouraging those they lead to realize their potential. Leaders have the ability to recognize ability in others. Leaders understand that encouraging is more powerful than correcting others. Leaders are there when their followers fail.
3) Leaders have the habit of accepting others for who they are. Leaders approve others for their unique gifts and abilities they bring to whatever they do.
4) Leaders have the habit of duplicating themselves. Leaders blaze the trail for others to follow. Leaders know the power of leveraging the right information and the right time. Leaders know that anyone can be a leader. Leadership is a personal decision, a journey, with the humility to follow great leaders.
5) Leaders have the habit of edifying who they follow and who is following them. Leaders have the ability to find greatness in their mentors and those they serve. Leaders defend those that are not present and cannot defend themselves.
6) Leaders have the habit of recognizing achievement. Leaders value contributions and reward them accordingly. Leaders value action and lessons learned above all else.
7) Leaders have the habit of serving who they follow and who is following them. The greatest leader is the greatest servant. Leaders orchestrate strategies to move their followers forward in the right direction.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others!
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)