Leadership lessons are a part of life.
We all have a tribe of family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances that can teach us a lesson or two.
I decided to call on my online tribe, collect a few stories, and grab some fresh content.
So let’s go.
From Brian Hyatt
On November 30, 1977, my grandfather James Richey Wren passed from this life into his eternity. I loved this man dearly. He raised me and was like a Father to me. I never knew my biological father. My granddaddy, as I called him, was the only father figure I knew. On December 4, 1977, we laid his body in a grave at Summerfield United Methodist Church Cemetery. And that was it. My life as I knew it at 11 years old changed. To this day, I remember him telling me, “Son, if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing right.”
Grandfathers are so unique, and their words carry a lot of weight. Brian’s granddaddy was right. When we do anything right, we reap the reward of achievement and confidence.
Doing something right means doing the task to the best of your ability. That does not mean that someone else might not do it better. But it does mean giving it your best shot.
The Bible says it in a little different slant.
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23, NLT)
From Kim B
Kim has been suffering from a relationship breach. She continues to believe in God, and she is a woman of faith and tenacity.
Kim said, “My Papaw once told me if you pray for rain, you better carry an umbrella.”
Kim says, “as I have gotten older, I have given this a lot of thought. When I pray, I must believe that God will do it according to His will. No matter how difficult it becomes-ignore what it looks like with physical eyes and trust God. God sees the real picture, and He will work it out for your good.”
Kim also said, “nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible with God, so I’m not giving up.”
Therefore, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24, NKJV)
From Ray Coates
Ray said, “When leading a meeting don’t begin by telling those present what you think about the issue. If you start by giving your thoughts and opinions, some will go along with you because you are the leader. Instead, encourage brainstorming, ask for input from those who don’t give their information, and share your thoughts last. I also suggest instructing those at the meeting not to criticize the input and ideas of the other participants.”
Ray offers sound advice to Senior leaders and those who lead smaller teams.
I believe a confident leader will take the time to listen to the ideas of others. The wine is in the cluster, and the cluster has good and sour grapes. A team has good ideas, and sometimes, not so good. But the good ideas are well worth wading through the trivia.
Great leadership advice from Ray Coates.
More from Ray
You are in a war. You can either fight or stay in your fox hole and wait for the enemy to capture you or kill you. Those are the choices. As a Marine, I learned how to use all of my weapons. I was a radio operator by training, but if I was engaged in a firefight and the man operating the machine gun or flame thrower went down, I could work to help my comrades win the battle. So, we must learn how to use ALL of the weapons available.
Wow! Great advice. As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle. And many times, our team members get wounded, sick, or go AWOL. The soldier that is well trained and versatile on the battlefield is very aluable.
One of the most needed players in the MLB is the player who can play various positions. Some coaches believe those players are the most valuable to the team’s success.
As a Christian, the more weapons you know how to wield, the more powerful you are.
But solid food belongs to those of full age, that is, those who, because of use, have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14, NKJV)Review
Our main take-a-ways
- Always do your work with excellence
- Trust the Lord at all times
- Listen to the ideas of the team
- Learn how to use every weapon in your field
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