Who and What is the Happy Warrior
This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.
(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)
Monday, December 12, 2011
1. People want to matter, they want to make a difference. This applies to their jobs as well as to their overall life. People want to feel like the eight or ten hours they spend engaged in their occupation has some purpose beyond "putting in time". An extension of this claim is the belief that people basically (there are always some exceptions) want to succeed; they want to make a contribution. The problem is they are often held back from this out of fear/lack of confidence, a work environment or management situation that does not allow or facilitate this or finally, some don't have the "tools" (the know-how, the habits, a strategy, etc.) to succeed. The good news is that proper leadership can often facilitate success.
2. We should manage figures and processes but you lead people. That is a primary difference between "management" and "leadership". No one likes to be "managed" but most of us will follow a good leader into hell for a worthy or noble cause.
3. Subordinates will be as committed as they see you (their leader) are. The truth is, most followers do not preform because they are reflecting the cues (conscious or subconscious) of their leader(s).
4. Leadership is most effectively and powerfully done on a one-to-one basis. A prerequisite to this type of leadership is knowing the names (at the very least) of your team.
5. Goodness, honesty and hard work will always win the day.
6. Most victories are gained on the extra mile (where most people don't venture).
There you are, a look inside my mind and heart. Any additions? Please make recommendations.