I am a junkie for books & posts on leadership. Years ago I started reading John Maxwell’s books. It all began when I took one of the countless quizzes on “who are you” posted on the net. This was when the internet was really quite new and being the ‘always seeking, always wondering’ person that I am, I took a quiz. This particular quiz stated that I am a visionary, a healer, & a leader.
1. Characterized by vision or foresight.
2.a. Having the nature of fantasies or dreams; illusory.
b. Existing in imagination only; imaginary.
3.a. Characterized by or given to apparitions, prophecies, or revelations.
b. Given to daydreams or reverie; dreamy.
4.a. Not practicable or realizable; utopian: visionary schemes for getting rich.
b. Tending to envision things in perfect but unrealistic form; idealistic.
n. pl. vi·sion·ar·ies
1. One who is given to impractical or speculative ideas; a dreamer.
2. One who has visions; a seer.
heal·er noun \ˈhē-lər\
one that heals
lead·er noun (ldr)
1. One that leads or guides.
2. One who is in charge or in command of others.
These words grabbed my attention! I have fanciful thoughts about what is possible AND I’m a leader? And a healer to boot? What/Whom am I supposed to lead in these ‘flights of fancy’? I am reminded of a quote, “Some men see things as they are, and say ‘Why?’ — I dream of things that never were, and say, ‘Why not?” George Barnard Shaw
All of my life I have looked at a thing, a circumstance, a place & thought of how I could make it better, more functional, add to its beauty. As for the healing aspect of me, I had abandoned that thought decades ago.
When I was in junior high I entertained the thought of becoming a physician, a surgeon actually, so I wouldn’t have to deal with the feelings of people, but I could still be instrumental in their healing. I spent a day in the hospital shadowing a nurse and decided right then that there was no way on earth I would do THAT job. Because I lived right smack in the middle of the Women’s Liberation movement I realized we had a long way to go before anyone was going to willingly allow me to be a surgeon. Men are surgeons, women are nurses & I detested that job, therefore, medicine was a no-go for me. Fast forward 30 years and I find myself in a healing profession after all, that of helping people rebuild their lives, particularly people coming out of prison.
Today I came across yet another tidbit on leadership. The 10 commandments of it. As I read it I wonder, do I really have what it takes to lead Namaste Healing Center? My stint as chairwoman of the South Carolina Re-entry Initiative (SCRI) gave me a taste of what it is to lead a group of people coming from all walks of life and I do mean, literally from all walks of life. When I stepped down as Chair I realized that I do have what it takes, but I must be more focused. I also know that I simply must have complete command of my emotional life or it will derail me.
So here I am, almost a year after stepping down, ready to take the helm again. SCRI is a different thing altogether. After I left they renamed the group the SC Crime Reduction Coalition. The name fits the focus. I have retained SCRI. It was my baby for 3 years and it will be my baby until I leave this earth.
As I read the Ten Commandments on Leadership I realize, I AM this leader and I am definitely Building a lasting legacy.
The 10 Commandments of Leadership
- Make What Matters Really Matter
Hold yourself and others accountable for bringing your mission to life.
- Practice What You Preach
Be a role model for honesty, integrity, and walking the talk.
- Communicate with Care and Conviction
Share what you know, be considerate and confident, and listen respectfully.
- Create the Involvement You Seek
Provide team members with meaningful opportunities to participate.
- Do Right by Those Who Do Right
Acknowledge and thank team members who meet or exceed your expectations.
- Provide What They Need to Succeed
Make sure team members have the tools, training, and support necessary to do their best work.
- Confront Challenges with Courage
Face difficult situations directly. Make the tough calls. Do what you know needs to be done.
- Let Differences Become Your Direction
Appreciate the uniqueness of all of your team members. Use it to move you beyond the status quo.
- Strive to Serve Others
Use your knowledge and skills for the betterment of all “customers.”
- Go Forth and Prosper
Build a lasting legacy. Accept that your ultimate purpose is to help everyone become successful.