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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Awaken Your Day - January 9

I would like to kick this day off by sharing with you an article that was shared with me from Dan, one of our managers at work, who leads his life very much like what the article is describing.

Anyone Can Be a Leader
Leadership is not about the size of your office or the prestige of your title. And it's not just for CEO's and VP's of sales. We all can lead - in all we do. To me, true leadership is more about the depth of your commitment and the strength of your character than about the position you hold.
I write alot about a phrase I've been sharing with business clients around the world. It's a simple one that speaks to the power each of us has to craft world-class careers and remarkably successful lives: Lead without a title.
To me, leadership is a way of being. It's about inspiring all those who surround you to realize their gifts and stand for personal greatness. It's about taking responsibility for the way every dimension of your life looks (versus blaming others for what's not working). It's about devoting yourself to excellence in every pursuit and making things better - no matter how good they already are.
Leadership is also about connecting to people. Deeply. Genuinely. Passionately. Because business and life are really all about people.
As I write this, I'm reflecting on the death of a special friend of mine, Greg Brophy, founder of Shred-it, a huge Canadian success story.
His passing, from a plane crash at the age of 44, brings so many things to mind. Of how incredibly short life can be. Of how we need to dream, act and be the people we know we can be right now. Of how all that we can leave behind in the end are the great things we have done - and the kindness we have given. And of how success is powerful. But living with significance is even better. Greg lived all these elements. That's what made him a superb leader and human being.
Any person who wants to lead- and live- a remarkable life can. Teachers can lead. Entrepreneurs can lead. Artists can lead. Students can lead. As Mark Twain once wrote, "If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes."
- Article by Robin Sharma, author The Greatness Guide

Being a leader does not mean you have to be at the front of the pack with a whistle ... having all eyes on you, while you run thru directions or the duty roster. You are a leader by living the life you desire...and displaying the success in life that many others dream of. And then, sharing your success so that others might touch their own. You live by example, and others follow that great lead.
You are a reflection of your success and your triumphs. Your reflection is an inspiration. In this way, everyday you lead without a title. I think, our ability to inspire others, just by being the best self we can be... is a ripple benefit that I hope you know carries so much value. You get twice the benefits. You reap the rewards of going after the best life...and you inspire others thru your success to try as well.
"To me, leadership is a way of being. It's about inspiring all those who surround you to realize their gifts and stand for personal greatness."
This has become such a wonderful belief in my life since I have started my journey.
It is a healthy purpose.

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