by: Jerry Whitaker
We all have heard talks on leadership. You know, the ones with all those fancy words and slick presentations that tickle your mind. The problem is, when you boil it down, leadership really isn’t fancy words or slick presentations, it is doing the right things every day, with the right people, over a long enough period of time, that makes leadership a verb.
Leadership requires a desire to be successful by allowing others credit for the success. The definition of leadership success is the ability to do the daily “blocking and tackling” that protects and moves any organization forward. Leadership requires daily authenticity of character, that you are that person, not someone who is one thing at work, and another at home. It is showing you care by helping others get what they want. You will make mistakes, you will frustrate people, you will make poor decisions, you will have failures. Learn from these and never believe that you know everything, but that you are willing to always learn something from your mistakes. You will make great decisions, you will receive compliments from people, you will have successes. Great, just don’t ever forget that it is because of others, that you have had success. Always remember, that your actions will always speak louder than your words.
Leadership is giving back to your community. It is doing those things that will leave a legacy long after you are gone. It is being active in helping those that need help. It is looking for opportunities to help others every day of you life. It is knowing that you have done your best each day by helping others. Those that give the most, will be remembered the best. Your time, talent and money can make a difference, one interaction at a time.
Leadersip is doing the right thing when no one else is around. It is constant monitoring of what you see, read and watch. It is the desire to always want to learn more today than you did yesterday. It is wanting to make yourself a better person for tomorrow by learning more today. It is setting boundaries for your time in a correct order, God, family and work. It is a hunger to read every single day and learn new things.
To summarize, leadership key words are: desire, allowing, ability, authenticity, learning, actions, giving, active, doing, and learning. All of these are verbs and that is why leadership is one….
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About the author:
Jerry joined Acrisure in July of 2010 as an investor with over 25 years of commercial and employee benefit insurance experience, specializing in large contractors, large property management companies, surety, Captive Insurance Programs, Alternative Risk Financing and Professional Employment Organizations. Jerry brings strategic risk management that focuses on the true costs of risk, then attacks the cost drivers within the insurance program and uses risk management to mitigate risk for his clients. His expertise is on the effects of wellness on workers’ compensation, disability and employee benefits. Jerry graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1984 with a BS in Business Marketing and Minor in Communication and Economics. He earned the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1995 and the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) in 2006, and is a member of the Risk Insurance Management Association (RIMS).
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