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by John C. Maxwell

A summary of "The 21 indispensable qualities of a leader - becoming the person others will want to follow"

As business owners and community members we are in positions of leadership and these "qualities" allow us to operate in a manner that is ethical, inspirational and driven.

Courage - One person with courage is a majority

"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities...because it is the quality which guarantees all others." Winston Chirchill, British Prime Minister

- Courage starts with an inward battle - courage is not the absence of fear, but doing what your are afraid of.

- Courage is making things right, not just smoothing them over - stand up for what you believe, not just what people want you to.

- Your life expands in proportion to your courage - Fear Limits Leaders. "Their desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise" - Tacitus (Roman historian)

The practical things that you can do to improve your communication are:

Face the music - go out and do something to overcome a fear. Do some public speaking (join toastmasters) what ever it is. Do something outside your comfort zone for the sake of growing your courage.

Talk to that Person - if are avoiding confrontation with someone, go and talk to them. Don't do it with aggression, but simply speak the truth.

Take a giant step - take that step you know you should be taking. Whether it is changing careers or starting a new job, talk to your spouse, mentor or trusted friend. If it is right - JUST DO IT. 

 (© 1995 – 2007 Glen Chapman)