Being yourself is the key to building trust in others.
This year, each of us shall have great opportunities while facing demanding challenges. Interpersonal skills and effective communication have never been more important. Core values are going to be in greater demand and have greater benefits attached to them than ever before. This is why leadership and being a leader is so important. In our newsletters, I will be sharing ideas, articles, and leadership experiences that have helped individuals and their organizations become most successful. I hope you will find this information to be interesting and beneficial, I would appreciate your thoughts and comments.
Going forward this year, here are some leadership actions to consider. First, the importance of your investment in the next generation to help them succeed in school and life. Second, your investment in volunteerism. Your time is as important as any monetary contribution to an organization seeking to improve the success of your community. Lastly, your investment in our environment. The world we live in is the bedrock of our societal achievement, now and for generations to come.
I urge each of you to invest the time and make the effort to examine what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how you are doing it, in order to maximize your personal gifts as a leader and role model.
Nothing is more dangerous to leadership than the mediocrity of bureaucracy.
Ten Secrets to Success
Based on my experience, here are my Ten Secrets to Success. If you will keep these values and behaviors at the front of your personal awareness, you will increase your own success and that of your team.
- HOW YOU THINK IS EVERYTHING: Always be positive. Think success, not failure.
- DECIDE UPON YOUR TRUE DREAMS AND GOALS: Develop an action plan to reach them.
- TAKE ACTION: Goals are nothing without action. Don’t be afraid to get started now.
- NEVER STOP LEARNING: Go back to school or read books. Seek training and acquire skills.
- BE PERSISTENT AND WORK HARD: Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up.
- LEARN TO ANALYZE DETAILS: Get all the facts, all the input. Learn from your mistakes.
- FOCUS YOUR TIME AND EFFORTS: Don’t let other people or actions distract you.
- DON’T BE AFRAID TO INNOVATE; BE DIFFERENT: Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity.
- DEAL AND COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE EFFECTIVELY: No person is an island. Learn to understand and motivate others. Treat everyone as a client at all times.
- BE HONEST, DEPENDABLE, ETHICAL, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Otherwise, Nos. 1-9 won’t matter.
From Me Leadership to We Leadership
Managing through partnerships may sound idealistic. Actually, it’s profoundly practical in an increasingly complex world. No single organization is capable of mobilizing all its resources required to accomplish everything it’s required to do.
Whenever managers, employees, communities, shareholders, owners and even competitors join forces in pursuit of shared goals, everybody wins.
This is an approach to leadership that is not divisive but unifying, not competitive but collaborative, not based on zero sum philosophy of scarcity but on abundance – the economic, intellectual and spiritual abundance that human beings can produce when their talents and energies are unleashed.
Not only is it possible to “do good” and “do well” at the same time, you actually do better in business terms when you do good in ethical terms.
Make no mistake, achieving true partnership is not easy. In fact, it opens up a world of new challenges.
- You can’t fake partnership.
- Partnership demands creativity.
- Partnership requires compromise.
- Partnership demands commitment and consistency.
- Partnership requires flexibility.
- Above all, partnership requires fairness.
5 Maxims for Success
- Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- The best way to be convincing is to be convinced. Passion persuades.
- Clients no longer want to talk to salespeople, they want to talk to problem solvers.
- You need to be in business with your clients, not just doing business with them.
- Rehearsal is fundamental to winning.
Bob Mobley's Most Important List
Most fun in life…
…Being a leader
Most important value…
Most powerful communication…
…Heart to Heart
Most prized possession…
Most contagious spirit…
Most beautiful attire…
Two most power-filled words…
Most satisfying work…
Most crippling failure disease…