There’s a first time for everything!

Hello friends, and welcome to the new home of my blog.  The format wherein my original blog posts were housed is now becoming obsolete.  For that reason, I’ve had to transfer my blog to this new Word Press site.  This is my maiden post!

I haven’t posted much on my blog lately because I’ve been working on my book.  Thankfully, I’m getting closer to being ready for edits.

Since there is a first time for everything (and because I wanted to try out my new Word Press format), I’m going to give you a small glimpse into one of the chapters of my book….

From, “S.E.L.F. Leadership”, chapter 1…..

The one word I believe defines leadership greater than any other, is INFLUENCE. In fact, my favorite definition of leadership comes from the founder of Toastmasters International, Ralph Smedley.  Almost 100 years ago Dr. Smedley created a non-profit organization with the intent of helping people to enhance their communication and leadership skills.

Dr. Smedley defined leadership as, “……the capacity to influence others to achieve worthwhile results”. There’s that word again. INFLUENCE.

How do people like you and me gain the capacity to influence others to achieve results that are worthwhile? How can your influence become a force or power to effect change in others?

This book will attempt to answer those questions. However, I firmly believe that WE ARE ALL leaders. Each one of us influences another. This influence can be good or bad. Nevertheless, influence is the first quality we are born with, and we develop influence throughout our lives.

This book will focus on EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP. Exceptional leadership trumps simple influence.

Synonyms for EXCEPTIONAL include:

  • Extraordinary
  • Noteworthy
  • Rare
  • Remarkable
  • Singular
  • Uncommon
  • Unique

The questions again were:

How do people like you and me gain the capacity to influence others to achieve results that are worthwhile?

How can your influence become a force or power to effect change in others?

I believe the answers come through S.E.L.F. reflection. I believe influence happens when you become S.E.L.F.ish. I believe that leadership is truly an odyssey to S.E.L.F. Once S.E.L.F. is attained, your influence can be felt by countless individuals, and that you can, and will be, a force and power to effect change. THAT is leadership.

There it is….your sneak peak to my first book.  It will be helpful for you to know that S.E.L.F. is an acronym for four attributes that I believe exceptional leaders must posses: SACRIFICE – EMPOWERMENT – LOVE – FRIENDSHIP.

There is a first time for everything, and I’m excited for the opportunity to share my message with the world!