The Law of Influence

The True Measure of Leadership is Influence – Nothing More, Nothing Less

True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned. It comes only from influence, and that cannot be mandated. It must be earned.

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Five Myths About Leadership

1) The Management Myth – that leading and managing are the same. Leadership is about influencing people to follow, while management focuses on maintaining systems and processes. Managers can maintain direction; to move people you need influence.

2) The Entrepreneur Myth – entrepreneurs are skilled at seeing opportunities and going after them. But not all of them are good with leading people in their vision.

3) The Knowledge Myth – neither IQ nor education necessarily equates to leadership.

4) The Pioneer Myth – being a trendsetter is not the same as being a leader. To be a leader, a person has to not only be out in front, but also has to have people following his lead.

5) The Position Myth – leadership is not based on rank or title. It’s not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes the position.

 Several Factors That Make a Leader

1) CharacterWho They Are – true leadership always begins with the inner person. People can sense the depth of a person’s character.

2) RelationshipsWho They Know – with deep relationships with the right people you can become the real leader in an organization.

3) KnowledgeWhat They Know – information is vital. You need a grasp of the facts to develop an accurate vision for the future.

4) IntuitionWhat They Feel – leaders seek to recognize and influence intangibles such as energy, morale, timing and momentum.

5) ExperienceWhere They’ve Been – the greater your past challenges, the more likely followers will be willing to let you lead.

6) AbilityWhat They Can Do – the bottom line is followers want to know whether you can lead them to victory. As soon as they no longer believe you can deliver, they will stop following.

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

John Maxwell is one of my favorite authors and leaders. I read all of his books. This book is a must for everyone who is a leader. Be the best leader you can be and create a team that will follow you.

Source:

http://www.u-leadership.com/the_21_irrefutable_laws_of_leadership-w.pdf

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The Law of Timing

The Law of Timing – When to Lead Is As Important As What to Do and Where to Go

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Timing is often the difference between success and failure in an endeavor.
Every time a leader makes a move, there are really only four outcomes:

1) The Wrong Action at the Wrong Time Leads to Disaster – If
you take the wrong action at the wrong time, your people suffer
and so will your leadership.

2) The Right Action at the Wrong Time Brings Resistance
Having a vision for the right direction and knowing how to get
there is not enough. If you take the right action but do it at
wrong time, you may still be unsuccessful because the people you
lead can become resistant. Good leadership timing requires many
things:

a. Understanding – leaders must have a firm grasp on the
situation.
b. Maturity – if leader’s motives aren’t right, their timing will
be off.
c. Confidence – people follow leaders who know what must
be done.
d. Decisiveness – wishy-washy leaders create wishy-washy
followers.
e. Experience – if leaders don’t possess experience, then they
need to gain wisdom from others who do possess it.
f. Intuition – timing often depends on intangibles, such as
momentum and morale.
g. Preparation – if the conditions aren’t right, leaders must
create those conditions.

3) The Wrong Action at the Right Time is a Mistake – the
greatest mistake made by entrepreneurs is knowing when to cut
their losses or when to increase their investment to maximize
gains. Their mistakes come from taking the wrong action at the
right time.

4) The Right Action at the Right Time Results in Success
When the right leader and the right timing come together an
organization achieves its goals and reaps incredible rewards.

Reading the right situation and knowing what to do are not enough to
make you succeed in leadership. If you want your company to move
forward, you must pay attention to timing. Only the right action at the
right time will bring success. No leader can escape the Law of Timing.

laws-of-leadership-book

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

John Maxwell is one of my favorite authors and leaders. I read all of his books. This book is a must for everyone who is a leader. Be the best leader you can be and create a team that will follow you.

Source:

http://www.u-leadership.com/the_21_irrefutable_laws_of_leadership-w.pdf

The Power of Smiling

Smiles are a universal greeting. They make you look more pleasant and trustworthy, as well as releasing endorphin’s – making you feel better too!

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Types of Smiles

  • Tight-Lipped Smile: Concealing a Secret
  • Sneer: A sign of Sarcasm or Contempt
  • Drop Jaw Smile: Fake Laughter or Joyfulness
  • Turn Away Smile: Shows Vulnerability and Femininity

Health Benefits of Smiling

  • Smiling can add 7 years to your life
  • Smiling reduces effects of pain and aggression
  • On average smilers are more contented and successful
  • Boosts HGH production and reduces cancer risk
  • Neuropeptides are released, lowering blood pressure and anxiety

How Many Times do We Smile During the Day

  • Chilren – 400 times
  • Adults – 20 times
  • Happy people – 45 times

To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter. P. T. Barnum

Question: What brings a smile to your face? Please leave your comment below.