My name is Allan Kelsey. I am a 41-year-old married father of two girls who is trying to live out the astonishing life that God has blessed me with. This is a recent excerpt from one particularly memorable day.
I want to introduce you to some friends of mine from South Africa. Their names are Nick & Heather Costaras (Greek). Heather had an idea to help 10 rural black women in impoverished Kwa-Zulu Natal – South Africa, become entrepreneurs, business owners and have a healthy self image. It burned in her like fire.
It is an amazing idea called Tapestry of Dreams!!!!
Leading with your Strengths can look a number of different ways, but here are three central ideas to Leading with your Strengths:
- What Leading with your Strengths does.
- What leading with your Strengths is not.
- What you have to have in order to Lead with your Strengths.
Strong leadership can sometimes be detrimental to the people in an organization.
As leaders we are often approached to correct a problem, a knot in the system. The challenge is to see beyond the visible issue to the cause and not be seduced by the symptom into relinquishing or abandoning the vision.
Consultants like myself are often hired to bring in some magical potion that will help improve co-worker relationships for the sake of faster or less conflicted production. Sometimes that is precisely the wrong thing to do.
This last week I had the privilege of producing a reality TV program about marriage and relationships. We planned for a year and executed it in 3 days and to call it organized chaos is a gross understatement.
It was globally accepted at one stage that the world was flat. That it was possible to sail off the edge of it into oblivion and unprecedented danger. All the unexplained of the sea, was thrown into the cauldron of the ‘edge of the world’. All the danger and unexplained mysteries, sea monsters and certain destruction, was bundled up into that place. Allowing the threat of ‘word-of-mouth’ dragons to obstruct your intentions is not a healthy way to lead.
It may seem like a redundant question, but can you lead yourself or is that exclusively the privilege of another? Leadership tools are usually wielded on others but if you chose to use them on yourself which 3 would make the top of your list? Here are mine…
Good ranchers know that their livestock cannot survive on Hay alone and must eat other forms of nutrients like Alfalfa, to keep them healthy. Leadership is similar in that from time to time Leaders must bring their team to a particular field to grow.