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Thursday, 03 September 2009

I am a Leader

By George Baker

I AM A LEADER
When faced with any decision, I will do the right thing and refuse to do nothing.

I AM A LEADER
I have no desire to manage a work force.
My desire is to lead a team.
I will not get behind and push and coerce my team.
I will get out in front and pull and inspire my team.

I AM A LEADER
I am a product of my decisions, not a victim of my conditions.
It is my choice to make things happen and to never make excuses.
I refuse to merely be reactive to my circumstances.
I resolve that proactive planning will determine my destiny.

I AM A LEADER
I will practice self-discipline and self-control before asking others to do so.
I will never be satisfied with the status quo.
I will not complacently do what is expected.
I will eagerly exceed expectations.

I AM A LEADER I will communicate more vision than supervision. I will stimulate and communicate a futuristic vision. I will not futilely fight the changing tide. I will excitedly ride the wave of the future.

I AM A LEADER
My values will not vacillate depending on who I am with.
My integrity will remain immutable, no matter what the circumstances.
I will not blame, belittle, besmirch, or begrudge another person.
I will try to excite, exhort, encourage, and empower others.

I AM A LEADER
I will not have to be coddled, cajoled, coerced, or kowtowed into doing my job.
I will have the caring, character, courage, and commitment to perform my duties to the utmost.
I am committed to being a life-long learner.
The day I stop learning, is the day I stop breathing.

I AM A LEADER
I refuse to spend my time fighting the fires of the urgent.
I resolve to proactively plan my time to focus on the critical.
I refuse to waste my time in the present worrying about the future.
I realize that the best way to predict the future is to create it.

I AM A LEADER

[EDITORIAL NOTE: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for this blog. They can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, etc. Instructions for submitting are here.]

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Comments

An excellent description of a great leader. This kind of leader is rare, however.

How I wish all of our leaders would have to take an oath to follow the rules set out by you.

Great post on what a real leader should be.

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