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Masses of people gather to participate in a "rose march" in honour of the victims of Friday's bomb attack and shooting massacre, outside Oslo City HallAccording to my Google search, the definition of leadership is “the action of leading a group of people or an organization”. Very simple and direct. The important concept is the verb in that definition – action. Leadership is not passive. 

Qualities of Leadership

If leadership is the action of leading then decisive action must take place. Direction is given and modeled. It is the display of behavior wanted in others. You have heard it before “Lead by Example.” Whatever you want from people … good employees, parishioners, or team members, the leader’s DNA has all the desired behavior. The behavior is visible, consistent, and communicated.

Not easy if one takes shortcuts. Shortcuts get around the learning experience of desired behavior. If you are running a marathon, you need to run 26.2 miles. Not one step less. Otherwise, you haven’t run a marathon.

In the Absence of Leadership

When there isn’t a leader, a team or organization flounders because people coming together for a common purpose can function in a self-directed way but when the going gets tough or if there is doubt, the group looks for direction. The group craves direction. The leader reaffirms purpose and provides that support toward the goal.

Are You A Leader

What makes a good leader? Special training? Advanced education?

I think the best question is do you have internal gift of purpose?  Are you someone who can visualize your outcome? Are you comfortable with claiming your role and having difficult conversations with people who are straying from the goal? Can you instill in others your belief for a positive change by your actions? Can you rise above chaos and create a place of peace for yourself and others?

The important piece of leadership is that leadership is not only for the benefit of self but rather for the greater good of all. Are you that generous?


Quick. Before the day is done. Select three words for 2013 as watch words. Three words that will describe, electrify, or illustrate your personal and business goals for 2013. Sounds familiar? It’s a Chris Brogan technique that focuses your actions for the new year.

Here are my three:

Action: The sidelines are mighty cold these days, so jumping into life heats up the attitude and activities for the coming year. Enough dwelling and thinking. Now is the time for action. Move on projects and goals. Act on ideas. Do the work.

Persistence: I am in for the long haul. I have the plan and now is the time to execute. And, I expect to persist because my end game is big. Rich. And my Dream.

Expansive: Enough with the small thinking and doing. It’s a larger story than before. Honor the bigger concept and idea.

Get the hang of it?

Maybe you might like to join a group of committed people for 2013 and make three words your mantra. Check out the Brave New Year (affiliate).

Winter Island Morning


As 2012 wraps up its remaining hours, I am reflecting on the past 365 days for a moment. My immediate reaction is done, over, next, but I have to wonder why I would dismiss all those days with a cavalier wave of the hand. That’s a lot of time.

Matters of Choice

My first internal message is that life is a matter of choice. It may not always feel like it, but it is. You are exactly where you are because of choice. It’s your decision to act, react or run on default. Shakespeare was right … you are either a “Master of your fate or victim of your destiny”. What choices did you make?  I will give myself a better roster of choices for 2013. Count on it.

Openness of Heart

How open or meager have I been with my heart? This is one area in which I feel the need to become more expansive in 2013. If I just pry loose the bands of containment, I think joy would reign. Life wasn’t designed dreary.  Time to open the vault of curiosity.

Sense of Community

I couldn’t be happier or gladder than my communities in 2012. I made some difficult decisions to leave some groups because of vision and commitment, but found a diverse and talented group of people in the Blog Topics Master Class (affiliate) with Chris Brogan. When trust and caring somehow evolve through a completely random set of unknown personalities and into a cohesive, helpful, and committed group, I have to think larger forces were working at hand. I am truly blessed to have joined and embraced this group of talented writers. I am definitely re-visioned for myself through the eyes of others.

Decisions for Discipline

Wishing and hoping don’t make your dreams or goals come true. Every day you have to commit to the work. No short cuts here. It’s the work of your soul. It means something great.

Be Generous

There is no feeling greater than the generosity of someone. That act creates a virtual marker somewhere in the heart for your eternal life. To give is a joy. To receive is immense. Out there today in your life there are people who are being generous with their time, ideas, money and support. Acknowledge it. Cherish it.

So, maybe the past year had merit and moments. Did I learn? Without fail. It’s already 2013 somewhere in the world now and people are celebrating its arrival.

Happy New Year and best wishes on making your personal goals manifest in 2013.





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