News From LBD

February 2012 Volume 4 Issue 2

Love Yourself this Valentines Day       


One of a leader's key functions is to guide and coach a team of individuals to personal achievement which leads to organizational success. However, you can't force people to achieve great things. They have to want to excel. It follows then, that understanding people, knowing what they like, what they want and what drives them is important. Before you can understand other people you must first understand and feel good about yourself.


"Know thyself" is indeed one of the necessary foundations of effective leadership. Until you know who you are, your values, your strengths and weaknesses, you are living in borrowed clothes. Leading others begins with leading yourself, feeling good about yourself, loving yourself, your values and your accomplishments. Understanding yourself can help you understand why you and others behave the way you do. Loving yourself will give you the pride and confidence to help others feel good about you, themselves, their accomplishments and their potential to succeed.


How you genuinely feel about your self, your worth and the worth of others greatly influences everything you do and the results you achieve. People will respond to you just as you respond to you. If you have positive expectations, if you encourage others and you create an environment where people will want to succeed, they will respond accordingly.


You have a choice. You can let others influence your outlook or, love yourself, trust yourself and influence your own outlook and those around you.



What Leaders are Reading

"How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work"
- Seven Languages for Transformation

Authored by Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey - Language is the primary tool by which we communicate. Kegan and Lahey argue, that the words we use do more than represent feelings and attitudes. The very choice itself of one word or expression over another can determine feelings and attitudes and--most importantly--actions.
"Feel The Fear ... and Do It Anyway"

Authored by Susan Jeffers, PhD - Jeffers discusses the crippling effects of fear in her personal life and explains how she formulated a course of action for conquering it. Her answers are simple, her course of action difficult only because it requires courage. She explains how fear is based on the uncertainty of change and the lack of positive self image.

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Love through Affirmation


Maintaining a positive attitude is critical to success. Negative conditioning is all around us and it fuels negative attitudes. The attitudes that will fuel your future success are going to be the result of conditioning you provide yourself.


Whatever you permit to enter and remain in your mind will eventually reveal itself in terms of how you think, how you behave and how you lead. Therefore, to enhance your self worth, to reinforce positive behavior and ultimately goal achievement, you must consciously feed into your mind positive statements describing the person (leader) you want to be.


These positive statements are affirmations of love. If affirmations are used daily in thought and conversation they will reinforce self confidence.


Affirmations should be positive and within the realm of capacity to believe. Examples: I am in charge of my life. I feel good about myself. I am responsible for my own success. I walk the talk. I lead by example.


Choose affirmations that appeal to you and have the most impact upon you and then visualize you are that person, that leader.

For additional information contact LBD.
John Branstad
John Branstad

Quote of the Month

"You will lay claim to those things in life which you desire, only after you have convinced your inner self that you can accomplish what you set out to do."

John Branstad