Lead Ahead: Week of December 23, 2013

Humility, change, accountability, caring, and seeking the best out of all are a few of the themes from the Lead Change and Authentic Leadership Dallas communities. Each of these are relevant as we close out another year and look ahead to a new one. Enjoy reading each and keep leading well!

Humility: The 5th Sense of Character-based Leadership by Mike Henry. Key quote: “Humility allows us to objectively understand ourselves in a way that is simply most effective in dealing with others. Humility enables us to make the most of our own strengths without offending or creating some type of co-dependent relationship. Humility is an accurate understanding of oneself.”

What One Career Insight Would You Want a 20-Something to Know Now? by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “Our responsibility across each generation is to engage with each other, share our experiences, and raise each other up in the way we lead. We cannot be divisive. We cannot develop stereotypes. We need to remember diversity of experience and insights strengthen us.”

How Leaders Seek the Best in Others? by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “As a leader, what dialogue do have inside your head regarding the people you lead? Is it a bunch of complaints of what they are not doing? Or do you view your team in the best of light even when they fall short of expectations?”

Leading with Personal Accountability by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “Taking responsibility for our choices is a big step toward influencing others in a positive way. I mean, who wants to be around a negative leader? Someone who finds faults and complain about others?”

Three Characteristics of Leaders Who Care by Michael E. Nichols. Key quote: “Caring leadership involves more than raw emotion – pure passion won’t cut it. As a matter of fact, these three characteristics found in effective leaders require discipline that goes well beyond emotion. You can’t care without significant discipline. And passion without discipline is just plain rude!”

Each Year, Hope and Change by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “…the rhythm of hope and change creates a strange, meaningful melody. We need to keep our hope alive. We need to keep our changes alive. We need to lead with hope and change. We need to embrace the community around us.”

 Lead well in the week and year ahead! All the best.