Series Wrap Up
Roughly 12 months ago I decided to post on my blog a series of articles that I wrote for the Dayton Business Journal in 2008. The purpose was to help businesses, organizations, and individuals find a better way by sharing “The Leadership Pledge”. By understanding the five disciplines and the ten truths associated with the pledge, which I shared in the previous posts, it is my hope that it will help them achieve the ultimate objective of all organizations and relationships: Finding the balance between winning (however success is defined) and creating an environment where employees/individuals feel valued, respected, and a part of something special.
As the series comes to an end it’s gratifying that we’ve averaged over 300 views of the posts each month. I want to thank everyone from CEO’s to small businesses to stay-at-home moms for the feedback as to how the blogs have benefitted them.
One last thought: There is a groundswell today purporting that more important than winning is a need to serve a higher purpose. I believe that winning is the ultimate prize, but it can never be at the expense of others. We can and must do both. The ultimate challenge for all of us as individuals, regardless of whether we are bosses, employees, coaches, teachers, volunteers, students or parents is to never commit the sin of selfishness, ingratitude, or ungratefulness as we pursue our dreams. I believe the only time we realize our dreams is when we help others realize theirs. Those that do it best possess three qualities; first, they have the courage to lead others because its core to their existence, and secondly, leadership is not a title or designation, it’s not something they do part time. It permeates every aspect of their lives. And finally, they value their lives as leaders by making a difference in other people’s lives!
Look for more on my blog in the upcoming weeks and months, and thanks for your support!