I AM 64 now. I traveled all around the world. I met innumerable leaders in different companies and institutions. I experienced “good” and “bad” leaders. My “good” leaders, just a handful - maybe, became my mentors. Each one in his or her own very special way. The others I sorted out. Forgot them....
Quitters never win and winners never quit! Basta! My first leader’s motif - a publishing house director, whom I met during my college time. This saying has been imprinted in my mind and heart till today. As a result, when I started teaching German language in the Institute of Languages and Creative Arts at University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City almost ten years ago, I used this and other sayings helping my students to remember these key points.
As I said before: just only a handful awesome leader crossed my path. In Germany, in the U.S. and lately also here in the Philippines. I learned a lot from them and their behavior. I also learned from negative leaders, those, catching people doing things wrong. Why don’t leaders spend at least an hour a week wandering around their operation catching people doing things right AND wrong?
My first boss in Germany really did it this way. One could talk to him.
Many leaders wait to praise their people until they do things exactly right. Problem: mostly, one waits forever.
Up to now, I see a lot of unmotivated people at work or students at school, but I have never seen them after work or school! When office is done and school is over, people race to do such things that provide them with positive feedback on results.
My students in USEP are getting tired many times. I try to tell them, that learning is more important today than ever before. In the past, if a person was loyal and worked hard,his or her job was secure. Also during my time in the 1960’s and 1970’s or even early 1980’s. Today, the skills you bring to the party constitute the only available form of job security. When you stop learning, you stop growing. Albert Einstein, once said: Never stop learning and ask questions. A perfect leader should be included. It really depends on how you talk to the people!
In one of my previous write-ups, I mentioned: Dream hard but work harder. I have to rethink this. How about this: Don’t work, hard - work smarter. This saying is common sense, but not common practice as America’s best-selling business author Ken Blanchard voiced it out. If you don’t take time out to think, strategize, and prioritize, you’ll work a whole lot harder, without enjoying the benefits of a job smartly done. As an ordinary worker or as the Big Boss.
Leadership and communication are two areas in which we can continue to develop virtually forever.
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