Day 10 of The Ten Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour "Go Forth and Prosper"

 

Welcome to Day 10 of
The 10 Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour

“Go Forth and Prosper”

Today, we are wrapping up The 10 Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour.  For 10 days, 10 awesome blogs have highlighted and discussed each of The 10 Commandments of Leadership. If you have been following along…..thank you…. we hope you have enjoyed this project as much as we have. If you are just tuning in and want to see the other commandments, click here for the schedule.

Based on over sixty years of combined professional experience working with leaders in organizations of all types and sizes, The 10 Commandments of Leadership, written by Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura, provides a powerful collection of universal best-in-class leadership beliefs and behaviors.

EXCERPTED from Chapter 10
“Go Forth and Prosper”

This final leadership commandment addresses one of the most important and significant lessons we’ve gleaned over the years – one that encapsulates the content of this book and the messages within it:

Effective leaders promote and protect prosperity.

Exceptional leaders believe that and they behave it. They move people in a forward direction with emphasis on progress and improvement. They encourage magnificence rather than settling for mediocrity. They focus
on “means” (doing right) as well as “ends” (doing well). And they work on today’s tasks with an eye on tomorrow’s possibilities.

Building Upon Success
Without question, successes should be sources of pride and enjoyment. But equally important, they are achievements to build upon. How do you do that? By studying, analyzing, and dissecting them. By identifying the activities and behaviors that made them successful – and applying that knowledge to future endeavors.

To succeed is to prosper. And prosperity is a great path to additional prosperity. So celebrate your team’s successes. Recognize and reward them. Then, learn from them. Find out what’s working well and do more of it.

Building a Lasting Legacy
For most folks, the word “legacy” conjures up mental images of historical people – “bigger than life,” powerful, influential, and sometimes “saintly” individuals who have left indelible marks on the world around them. And in many cases, those people are no longer with us – living only in our memories. But while those images are accurate and valid, they represent only the tip of the legacy iceberg.

By its most basic definition, a legacy is how a person impacts others … how he or she is thought of and remembered … how conditions and circumstances are different (and hopefully better) because of his or her actions and influence. Anyone who interacts with and touches other people is creating a legacy of some kind. As a leader, you are building yours, right now; you’re adding to it with each action you take or don’t take … each behavior you demonstrate or fail to display … each thing you say or don’t say. Be the best leader you can be and your legacy will be positive and lasting.

Take Away … to Remember
The primary responsibility of those in leadership positions is to help their organizations, and the people that comprise them, be more successful. You are the guide … the pathfinder … the point-person on a journey to greater possibilities and achievement. Your job is to take those you lead – and those you serve – to heights they likely would have great difficulty reaching by themselves. That is why you are here; that is why you are so critically important.
This tenth and final leadership commandment is more than a guideline – it’s also an invitation … a rallying cry … a behavioral message for every-one on your team that says:

“Follow my lead and together we all will GO FORTH and PROSPER.”

QUESTION for Chapter 10
If you resigned, left, or retired tomorrow, how would you want your “team” members and colleagues to remember YOU? What sort of lasting leadership legacy would you HOPE to leave? THEN, are you there yet or do you still have work to do to get there?

CONTEST
Now is your chance to win! Here’s how!

1. By 12 midnight (Eastern) tonight: Post your answer to the above question (as a comment) on this blog and your name will be entered into a drawing to receive a FREE copy of The 10 Commandments of Leadership. Your name will be entered into the drawing a second time if you send us a tweet by copying and pasting the following:  @Leader_Solution I commented on Day 10 of The 10 Commandments Blog Tourhttp://bit.ly/10Command

2. By 12 midnight (Eastern) on January 28: Post your answer to each day’s question (10 comments in total) for a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate to WalkTheTalk.com.

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The 10 Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour.

  • Jennifer Bailey

    I would hope to be remembered by my team as someone who lead by example, did everything in her power to educate and motivate others to reach their goals, who helped build peple up when they were down, and who’s leadership styleinspired others to grow our company. I would hope that my successor would want to emulate, or just slightly alter my leadership style. I still have a lot of work to do before I get there.

  • Debbie

    I was laid off more than a year ago. I wasn’t in a position of management, but everyone can be a leader regardless of their role or position. I know some of my former colleagues appreciated what I brought to the team because of the feedback and communication we had between us. However, I was under “leadership” that fit the word “boss” spoken of in the Day 9 blog (ie, controling). I always strived to “serve” my clients and teammates, and I often had to take the “courage” route (outside the box, challenging) mentioned in the Day 7 blog. I was all about the details and following through to completion. I also took a stand against “wrongs”, whether towards me or towards others, and I was labeled negatively for it. While clients were thanking me for doing for them what others had not been willing to do for them, the “boss” was critical, never offering support or praise or encouragement. In future roles, whether as a manager or not, I want to focus more on providing supportive encouragement and praise to those around me for their differences and what they bring, and keep the communication doors open, because I know how it feels to not have that connection.

  • http://WalktheTalk Cathy Tagliabue

    “Go Forth and Prosper”! As a stay at home Mom who raised 2 sons, this statement I can relate to. Raising decent human beings to be able to go out in the world and be on their own needs certain tools to be able to do so. By tools, I mean education, and some basis of faith or a foundation to base your life on to keep you in check. My husband works long hard hours, and I did the same running the home. All of us working together raised 2 wonderful productive sons. I am proud of what we have accomplished all working together!