Virtue of the Week: Leadership

Brother LeoThe Parable of Brother Leo
By Michael Josephson

A legend tells of a French monastery known throughout Europe for the extraordinary leadership of a man known only as Brother Leo. Several monks began a pilgrimage to visit Brother Leo to learn from him. Almost immediately, they began to bicker about who should do various chores. On the third day they met another monk going to the monastery, and he joined them. This monk never complained or shirked a duty, and whenever the others would fight over a chore, he would gracefully volunteer and do it himself. By the last day, the others were following his example, and from then on they worked together smoothly. When they reached the monastery and asked to see Brother Leo, the man who greeted them laughed. ‘But our brother is among you!’ And he pointed to the fellow who had joined them. Today, many people seek leadership positions, not so much for what they can do for others but for what the position can do for them: status, connections, perks, advantages. They do service as an investment, a way to build an impressive resume. The parable about Brother Leo teaches another model of leadership, where leaders are preoccupied with serving rather than being followed, with giving rather than getting, with doing rather than demanding. Leadership based on example, not command. This is called servant leadership. Can you imagine how much better things would be if more politicians, educators, and business executives saw themselves as servant leaders?

THE BEST LEADERS LEARN HOW TO CHALLENGE THE STRONG AND SAVE THE WEAK FROM DISCOURAGEMENT.

The Three Essentials of Great Leaders are: Integrity, Humility, and Generosity.

I am more afraid of an army of one hundred sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.Charles Maurice, Prince de Talleyrand-Périgord
A leader is a dealer in hope.Napoleon Bonaparte

A REAL LEADER PERSONIFIES THE CERTITUDE OF THE CREED. HE KINDLES THE VISION OF A BREATHTAKING FUTURE SO AS TO JUSTIFY THE SACRIFICE OF A TRANSITORY PRESENT.

Every leader needs to look back once in a while to make sure he has followers.Author Unknown
Caution to Newly Promoted Leaders — remember what the mamma whale told the baby whale: "When you get to the top and start letting off steam, that’s the time you’re most likely to be harpooned."Bits & Pieces
There is a story of a young woman who wanted to go to college, but her heart sank when she read the question on the application blank that asked, "Are you a leader?" Being both honest and conscientious, she wrote, "No," and returned the application, expecting the worst. To her surprise, she received this letter from the college: "Dear Applicant: A study of the application forms reveals that this year our college will have 1,452 new leaders. We are accepting you because we feel it is imperative that they have at least one follower."S. I. McMillen

This link leads to a good TED video on “Everyday Leadership” by Drew Dudley. Look for the “lolli-pop moments”!
Everyday Leadership