News From LBD
October 2015 Volume 5 Issue 10
    Leadership lessons should start young. Those who grow-up playfully imagining power and success will more likely grow into the possibilities their imaginations created. And that's true whether one plays at being an astronaut or a Barbie. So, with Halloween around the corner, doesn't it make sense to encourage daughters to develop their leadership potential? Another princess? A delinquent she-devil? A mini-skirted fire chief? There are options, good ones.

    Consider prepping your daughter for creativity, power, and success at Halloween. To celebrate her daughter's 5th birthday, Texas photographer Jaime Moore dressed her as Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Coco Chanel, Jane Goodall, Helen Keller, and a future presidential candidate for a photo shoot called "Not just a girl." Now that's empowering!
    Of course, fun comes first, and accessorizing a fun costume with some leadership potential might seem too daunting a sartorial challenge. However, there are lots of looks that provide reflective space for a young girl to imagine a successful tomorrow while having fun today. You can always go generic such as astronauts, doctors, etc. No specific person named. So have fun with a judge's robe, a scientists bench coat, a police uniform, or even do up a computer nerd outfit. Your daughter just may start thinking she can be such person.

What Leaders Are Reading

How Remarkable Women Lead:
The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston. 

    Based on five years of proprietary research, How Remarkable Women Lead speaks to you as no other book has, with its hopeful outlook and unique ideas about success. It's the new "right stuff" of leadership, raising provocative issues such as whether feminine leadership traits (for women and men) are better suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive, and increasingly complex world.

    The authors establish the links between joy, happiness, and distinctive performance with the groundbreaking model of Centered Leadership. 

    The book's personal stories and related insights show you the magic that happens when you put the five elements of Centered Leadership; meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing, to work.

     How Remarkable Women Lead is both profoundly moving and actionable. Woman or man, you'll find yourself in its pages and emerge with a practical plan for breaking through at both work and in life. 


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Leadership Tip of The Month
You Possess The Ability to Lead  

Think of someone you hold in high regard as a leader, and as you picture this person in your mind, answer these questions:
What specific personality traits or characteristics does this person have? 
How does this person relate to others, professionally and socially?
Are those traits gender specific?
Was this person, you hold in high regard, born with such well-developed leadership traits?
The answer to this last question is emphatically NO! 
Leaders are not born, they're made. The qualities that truly define a leader such as vision, focus, motivation, curiosity, discipline, positive attitude, perseverance, communication skills and so on, can all be developed.
Be excited by the fact that you were born with all the potential to lead, achieve and succeed.
You already possess it; you simply need to cultivate and nurture it. 
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John Branstad
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Quote of the Month

"It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."

W. Somerset Maugham
John Branstad