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August 2014 Volume 6 Issue 8
               Leadership Excellence   
                   Easier Said Than Done!
How do you define leadership excellence? There are thousands of books, resources, classes and experts that together form what amounts to a leadership industry, all of which is designed to maximize leadership skills. Yet it remains for many a misunderstood and elusive quality.
As astute as some of us modern gurus might be, we shouldn't ignore history's shining examples of leadership excellence.

                Helping Others to Shine


Warren Bennis, a leading thinker on leadership, tells an old story about the difference between the two 19th-century British political leaders, William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli.

It was said that when you had dinner with Gladstone, you left feeling he was the wittiest, most brilliant, most charming person on earth. But when you had dinner with Disraeli, you left feeling that you were the wittiest, most brilliant and most charming person on earth.

When with Gladstone he would shine. When with Disraeli, he allowed you to shine.


No prizes for guessing which of these Warren Bennis would use to define leadership excellence.

               Who shines in your organization?

What Leaders are Reading    


The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, and James Noel 


A compilation of the most compelling ideas to becoming the leader everyone follows! Whether you are an individual professional, a business owner, a corporate leader of multiple levels of management, or a non-profit leader, understanding the attitudinal mindset of a leader is the secret to thinking and being a leader versus being in a leadership position. Based on over 30 years of successful leadership in the Military, Fortune 100, Entrepreneurial, and Non-Profit ventures, this is everything the leader needs to know about making Leadership a Way of Life.

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

by Ron Chernow    

John D. Rockefeller, Sr.,history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty, is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. This book gives us a detailed, balanced, and psychologically insightful portrait of the tycoon as we may ever have. It is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller's exceptionally rich trove of papers. 


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Leadership Tip of the Month

The six most important words for a leader to the least important.   


A leader who is "completely there for you" will be saying very different things to one who isn't. 


 UK management thinker and writer, John Adair, has some good suggestions on the importance of choosing the right words. Managers wanting to be leaders would do well to consider:


The 6 most important words... "I admit I made a mistake."


The 5 most important words.......... "I am proud of you."


The 4 most important words... "What is your opinion?"


The 3 most important words... "If you please."


The 2 most important words... "Thank you."


The 1 most important word... "We."


The least important word......."I."



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John Branstad

John Branstad
Quote of the Month  

"The definition of excellence in leadership is the person who is completely there for you."


Tom Peters, author
John Branstad