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A Leadership Method Available to Everyone

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A young boy was sitting in church with his parents. He noticed there were large brass plates being passed up and down the rows and saw that people were putting money into them.  He asked his father if he could take some out.

His father replied: “Yes, you may take some out, but remember to always put more in than you take out.”

Gary Gruber shared this memory of his dad with me after reading the story behind the idea of Random Acts of Leadership.

Some might say following this principle is not actually leadership. It’s simply being a good citizen or a decent person. Perhaps that’s so, but not everyone is committed to living from this principle so those who do so tend to stand out.

Consider that each time you choose to put more in than you take out, you are actually leading in a way that requires no special training or skills and is available to everyone – you are leading by example.

Take the example of what can happen when you witness an act of kindness. It’s likely to make you smile and might even warm your heart just a bit. And sometimes just witnessing an act of kindness will provoke you to commit an act of kindness of your own.

The same can happen when you witness someone who puts in more than they take out, whether it’s in their relationships, their work, or their community. Those people often inspire others to go the extra mile and leave people or circumstances better than they found them.

As John Maxwell says, leadership is influence.

Any time you influence another to take an action to make a difference for others, you are leading – whether you are consciously trying to lead or not.

What principles do you live by that support you in leading by example?

 

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John Bell   |   14 April 2015   |   Reply

Clear, concise, and meaningful post. You can substitute “friendship” for “leadership” the take-away is unchanged.