Are you a driver? General statistics will have me guessing many of you are. Are you a leader? My own beliefs and the teachings I have followed of leaders I admire inspires me to state that yes, you are. ALL of you. You don’t need to hold a high-up position in a multinational corporation to be a leader. You don’t need to be in a position of high political stature to be a leader. You don’t need to be the Chairman of the Board of a non-profit organization either. Leadership happens in all of those places of course, but it also happens at home, on the streets, in the grocery store, and at the park. And it even happens out there on the roads we travel.
Here are some tips on how you can both improve your leadership skills and become a better driver, all at the same time, all within the 2, or 4, or 0 doors of your mode of transportation. It’s easier than it sounds. Why not turn the green light on and give these a go?
In your own life, what would be the equivalent of a walk-off home run? (For the baseball-averse, that’s a last-minute, back-against-the-wall play that guarantees a dramatic victory.)
I know very little about sports. Never participated much in them and rarely watch them. Don’t know much about guarantees either, other than the printed kind that come with electronic gadgets I buy to make coffee, or the ones I hear others giving away for free on commercials. I do however know about these kinds of things:
Last-minute: changing my mind suddenly to follow my gut and avoiding catastrophe
Back-against-the-wall: quitting a job, with no other job in hand, to stay true to my values
I am a member of a large non-profit organization, have been for a number of years. For much of that time, I’ve held an active position within the entity. At the moment, I don’t have a role but I do still attend our regular business meetings and participate in discussions where I think I may have something to contribute.
Currently, there are a few vacancies on the operating committee. They are all positions that I have held in the past, a couple of them for more than one term. I debated letting my name stand for one of them, just in an interim capacity until the fall when elections take place for the new 2-year cycles. Many of the other members who attend our meetings know of my CV within the organization and at the risk of sounding vain, I suspect some were assuming I would take on one of the roles. I could do it – I certainly know how to, the group didn’t fall apart when I held the positions before, and I have the time to take on the commitment. Bonus points: nobody ever threw a gavel at me.
Driving to the meeting last night, I had to make my decision …
Note to my readers: this post is somewhat being written to the wonderful ladies & gents who are taking the Blogging 101 course I am in right now. That being said, while I may be referencing them directly below, I would love to capture the attention of ANYONE who reads this. I hope you find something of interest in it, regardless of how you came about to read it.
Here’s to inspired reading & leading! Marianne
Think you’re not a leader? Wrong. Everybody is a leader in some way. Yes, even you shy and quiet type out there who only post in the middle of the night when you think nobody is watching. Yeppers, that also means all of you bloggers who think your only leadership thoughts are “how should I lead into the next sentence?”. And yeah, I’m talking to all you people who think that there should be a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® score that is I-I-I-I: four scores of Introverted to the max.
Got about 3 minutes and 9 seconds to humour me so I can at least start you thinking that you’re a leader? Please? Pretty please with a cherry on top? Thanks! Now watch this: Continue reading →