A Masonic Leadership Secret

 

Several years ago I developed a set of Leading with Masonic Values cards as a result of a presentation I did in 2006. Here is the one on Masonic Character.

As a leader your ability to gain and influence followers will be much greater if you build and maintain a strong character.

Have a Great Masonic Day!

How to not get hit by a falling satellite or falling leadership

NASA was trying to guess when and where the 6-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite will hit the earth. They said it may occur any time between Thursday September 22nd and Sunday September 25th and could land as far north as Alberta, Canada or as far south as the southernmost tip of South America.

A family in Okotoks, Alberta–a suburb of Calgary–believes they caught footage of the fiery death spasms of NASA’s UARS satellite, parts of which returned to earth early last Saturday morning after two decades in orbit. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20111230-93/nasas-falling-satellite-caught-on-video/

In any event it fell, and they had estimated any one person’s odds of being hit by a piece of it were 1 in 21 trillion. So there was no need to wear a helmet unless your luck had gotten you hit by lightning several times and wanted to err on the side of caution.

In stark contrast we all get “hit” every day by falling leadership. The effects are easily observed and can cause serious problems if we do not know how to protect ourselves from the frustration of being around ineffective leaders. The best way to deal with ineffective leaders is to help them. Dr. John Maxwell’s book “The 360° Leader” presents 6 ways to avoid frustration when following an ineffective leader.

  • Develop a solid relationship – instead of trying to stay away from them, get to know them, find common ground on which you can work with them
  • Identify & appreciate your leader’s strengths – even an ineffective leader has strengths; find them and think about how they may be of value to the organization.
  • Commit to adding value to your leader’s strengths – help leverage the leader’s strengths to be of value
  • Get permission to help complement your leader’s weaknesses – once the leader admits their weaknesses find others who can help in the areas the leader is weak
  • Expose your leader to good leadership resources – share material that has helped you
  • Publicly say positive things about the leader – help make the leader’s strengths known which will help build the leader’s confidence.

So instead of trying to avoid the falling debris from an ineffective leader, be a leader yourself and do everything possible to aid, support and show brotherly love. The end result; you get a better leader and you’re a better Mason.

Have a Great Masonic Day!

Hey Miss 8, would you mind helping me out?

An article in the paper this morning was about unusual first names. One name discussed that caught my eye was 7. This guy’s parents named him 7 after a man his father had become friends with in the military; his name was 7 or Sevin.

This started me thinking about leaders who do not take the time to develop strong relationships with their team and followers. So I suppose that instead of names these leaders might as well assign everyone a number, you know, for the convenience of the leader. After all, the leader has more important things to take care of rather than people.

John Maxwell defines influence as the true measure of leadership. To have influence as a leader, especially when asking for significant sacrifice and commitment, you must have established a positive meaningful relationship with your team and followers. So if you haven’t they pretty much are just numbers to you.

How does a leader start a relationship with someone? Here are some thoughts.

  • Start with the simple stuff and find out about their background. Salespeople use the acrostic FORM which stands for family, occupation, recreation and message.
  • The message part of FORM refers to their beliefs and what they value. This is where you begin to understand people on a deeper level
  • Ask what inspires them, what makes them laugh, cry and sing.
  • Then ask what they hope to accomplish in your organization; in the next year, the next five years and beyond.
  • Listen more than talk
  • Make them aware how you, as their leader, intend to help them accomplish their goals.

By investing your time in someone you establish a powerful connection and they understand that they are more than just a number. They are cared for.

So if your team members and followers are just a set of numbers you have some work to do.

Have a Great Masonic Day!