Be an Abe Lincoln like Leader!
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams
There is a need for leadership in every walk of life. Education. Business. Politics. Sports. The arts. Philanthropy. Family. Travel. World peace. Medicine. Managing your own life. You name it.
So what does it take to become a leader? Leaders are made not born.
Below is the leadership acronym for becoming a leader and taking control of your life:
L – Love what you do. If your heart’s not in it, find something else to do. All great leaders have passion for what they do. If you wake up and don’t love what you do too many days in a row it’s time to make some changes. We’re always better doing what we love.
“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Abe Lincoln
E – Empower those around you to be at their best. Real leaders share the credit and make everyone around them better. “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” Abraham Lincoln
A – Accountability. Take accountability for all your actions. This is the starting point. Stop playing the blame game. It’s always my fault. There’s always something I could have done or can do to improve the situation. Always. Taking accountability is empowering.
D – Determination. Be so strong and determined that nothing can shake your confidence in your chosen course of action. There will be naysayers along the way, make sure your YES is stronger than their NO.
E – Example. Lead by example. What we do speaks so loudly people cannot hear what we say. If you talk the talk, walk the walk.
“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” Abe Lincoln
R – Resilience – The ability to bounce back quickly from setbacks and difficult situations. Leaders are not leaders because they never fail. Struggle and temporary failure are part of the journey and build the character necessary to lead. Read Abe Lincoln’s biography for further proof.
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” Abraham Lincoln
S – Serve others. Leaders are willing to do the work that no one else will do. Be a humble servant to those around you.
H – Honesty in everything you do. There’s no middle ground or such thing as being mostly honest. If you hear someone lie, what makes you think they won’t lie to you? Demand honesty. There’s a reason they called him “honest Abe”
I – Inspire those around you. How? Lead by example, take action and encourage those around you to stick with it and give it their best. Have the attitude of a winner.
P – Persistence does not recognize failure. Keep going beyond the point where most people would give up. That is where the magic lies. Just a few feet further.
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