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The following is a collection of wisdom nuggets to help our ability to lead effectively. People are looking for stable leadership that doesn’t go adrift during the monsoon winds of adversity, but remains anchored to the core values of one’s character.

Don’t waste time being drawn into tabloid triviality disguised as pertinent issues. Focus on the issues, goals, and strategy laid out to get there. Speak about what matters. What you address, your words give power to. There are a lot of dead things now alive because someone chose to waste their time and  give power to it.

 


Every challenge doesn’t need debated. A lion doesn’t run around every time a dog barks. Choose your battles wisely and chart your own course not letting the media, opposition pressures, and voices of strife  set your agenda.

 

Always be humble, but don’t mistake that for weakness. Humility is your greatest asset as a leader. The greater the pressure, the greater God’s strength will be demonstrated. God’s power flourishes in the garden of humility producing a fruit of lasting stability.

Be diligent and vigilant. Power-hungry wolves circle the seats of power in a never ending parade. Some people come into your life as a Blessing and others come into your life as a Lesson. Learn to discern the difference.

Give– but don’t allow yourself to be used.
Love– but don’t let your heart be abused.
Trust– but don’t be naïve.
Listen to others– But don’t lose your own voice

Leadership becomes a reality when a mindset shifts from being a victim to creating results and taking ownership of decisions. 

When choosing a president or any person in leadership capacity, watch how they act under pressure. How a person acts in the fire is who they really are. Good leadership has a quality that is indispensable. It must be able to handle criticism without immature responses and knee-jerk emotional outbursts. Leadership carries an expectancy – the person is mature, stable, and calm in troubled waters. National leadership should never be synonymous with political punditry or ideologue. When at the helm a person must be able to gather from multiple voices and educated opinions of trusted sources and then make a quality decision based on principle and truth.

Never make decisions established on political pressures, financial accruement, or vengeance as a payback for wounded ego.

Sometimes we have to walk away from the pressures of decision making instead of caving and making rash premature decisions. Temporal satisfaction that we made a Johnny-on-the-spot executive move does not compare to the long-term failure and loss of legacy. It’s better to weather the criticism of not moving fast enough and later enjoying the quality of a decision well-made than the other way around.

When it comes to criticism here is some pointers to keep ourselves stabilized in an unstable environment. If the criticism is false, disregard it. If it is unfair, keep yourself from being irritated. But, if it is true, learn from it.

When we sneeze, all of the germs in us spread and infects everyone around us. The same is true about our reactions and character and especially when one is in a leadership position. How we respond spreads infectiously to everyone around us which sets the tone and atmosphere of the company and nation depending upon which position we are in.

Remember, as a leader, you are no longer standing idle on the shore making no waves. Every action you make, is like tossing a stone in the middle of a pond causing a ripple effect throughout the entire body of water. Whether it is positive or negative is up to the leadership.

Never act without thinking. Never continue to think without acting.

Just a little musing today concerning the search for quality leadership in the world today.

Dr. Reuben Egolf

Chairman of the USGLC