Insurable Interest

by: Jerry Whitaker

It is my belief that all people have three choices in life, to lead, follow, or get out of the way. Each one of us can choose to lead by being a good steward to society. You will not be a good steward unless you have character. You can’t develop character in others unless you are a person of character. You can’t expect honesty and stewardship from others if you are dishonest, lazy and self-centered. There is an acronym for leadership that is; Loyalty, Education, Attitude, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.
Loyalty is the key to becoming a leader. If you are loyal to people, they will follow your example and be challenged when they want to be disloyal. The basic value of trust, is the reason loyalty in today’s world is so important. When trust is planted like a seed, and nurtured with loyalty, the result is a tree called leadership. This tree has deep roots and a strong trunk to withstand the storms of this world.
Education is the ground for this tree to be planted.  A solid ground of quality education is a key element for leadership.
Attitude is the core of the tree.  This core is fed with a positive attitude that is willing to serve people before being served.  If you want to become a leader you must want to serve others before yourself.  If you build your life on this principle people can’t help but follow.
Duty is the sense of direction in your life.  Like a tree that rises above the sky, you must have a sense of duty to your life to rise above the challenges you will face in this world.
Respect for others and yourself are the protective bark around the tree of leadership.  If you have a strong sense of respect, you will have protection to help your life grow tall and strong for the days to come in your life.  Having respect for yourself will help you make the decisions that will lead others in the direction they need to follow.
Self-less Service is like water to a tree.  You must be willing give yourself to service in order to have others follow. The simple expression of a caring act of kindness can have a large impact in the lives of those you come in contact with.
Honor is the key element of life.  To honor individuals is a key component of leadership.  By making sure you are always honoring your peers, elders, and parents is like sunshine to a tree.  A tree cannot grow without sunshine, nor can your life grow without honor.  The more you honor others, the better the leader you will be.
Integrity holds the key to your future.  When a tree is growing the integrity of it’s roots determine the strength of the tree.  Your leadership quality will be determined by your integrity.  There are two roads in life, one is narrow and the other is wide, your choice will determine your integrity.
Personal Courage is the ability to stand up for yourself and withstand the arrows that others throw at you.  Courageously stand firm for what is right and true.  Others may ridicule you, but in the end they will follow you.  Never give in to the issues that require personal courage.
Leadership is all these things, and all these things are required for leadership.  We are all in the position to be a leader in life.  It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, it matters what you do for life. Go out into the world and impact society through the daily commitment to leadership through stewardship and watch others follow your example.  Be a Tree of Leadership that is strong, with deep roots, so you can weather the storms of life and lead others.
Leadership Through Stewardship, Insurance, Leadership
There is a curve called failure
A loop called confusion
Speed bumps called friends
Red lights called enemies
Caution lights called family
You’ll have flats called jobs
But . . . if you have a spare called determination
An engine called perseverance
Insurance called faith
A driver called God
You will make it to a place called success

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 About the author:
Jerry Whitaker
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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