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What if we saw everyone as having high potential?

If we truly believed in them?

If we invested in their development?

If we encouraged them in their areas of strength?

If we celebrated the victories that mattered to them?

If we didn’t give up on them after every mistake?

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Do you want the people around you to succeed?

To thrive?

To flourish?

Are you happy for that to happen elsewhere, even if you don’t directly benefit?

Are you comfortable with them outshining you?

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11-time NBA championship winning coach, Phil Jackson tells the story of a young prince who was sent by his father to study how to become a good ruler with a great Chinese master.

The first assignment that the master gave him was to spend a year in the forest alone.

When the prince returned, the master asked him to describe what he had heard.  He replied, “I could hear the cuckoos sing, the leaves rustle, the hummingbirds hum, the grass blow, the bees buzz, the crickets chirp and the wind whisper and holler.”

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Research from around the world suggests that 70-85% of staff are disengaged at work.

If you’re a leader, this has to be a concern.

By why is this happening?

Is it because they aren’t paid enough?

Is their work boring and meaningless?

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Pastor Albert Tate recently said,

“Leadership isn’t something outside of me that I have to grasp. It’s something inside of me that I have to grow.”

If you want to be a leader, or if you think that already are a leader and want more opportunities to shine, please remember this principle.

Leadership is not dependent on external factors, but on internal elements.

It doesn’t require the right environment, it requires constant learning and development.

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There are a lot of people who are anxious and afraid at the moment.

They are afraid for their jobs, their health and a future that doesn’t look very clear at the moment.

What do we do with that?

How do we influence our kids, our peers, our friends?

What do we do with this fear?

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Legendary American college football coach, Eddie Robinson once said,

“Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you love them.”

We forget that sometimes.

We identify a weakness or poor outcome and put our coaching hat on to get a different result.

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When we follow you, are we meant to follow your advice or your example?

Do we listen to your words, not quite sure if they will help us?

Or do we replicate your actions, seeing that they work effectively?

Do we roll our eyes as you discuss the importance of values and purpose?

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When people are afraid of the future, we need leaders.

When their fear is palpable and they need confidence, we need leaders.

When they are suspicious of the motivations of others, we need leaders.

When there is a need for clear communication, we need leaders.

When so many are clutching to half-truths and strange conspiracy theories, we need leaders.

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Covid-19 isn’t the only thing that’s contagious.

According to one of my favourite writers, Brene Brown:

“Courage is contagious. A critical mass of brave leaders is the foundation of an intentionally courageous culture. Every time we are brave with our lives, we make the people around us a little braver and our organisations bolder and stronger.”

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