created jerks. — H. Allen Smith
In The 360º Leader, John Maxwell shares a humorous story about a
turkey chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get to the
top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy.”
“Well,” replied the bull, “why don’t you nibble on some of my
droppings? They’re packed with nutrients.” The turkey pecked at a lump
of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach
the lowest branch of the tree.
The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second
branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at
the top of the tree. But he was promptly spotted by a hunter, who shot
him down out of the tree. The moral of the story: BS might get you to
the top, but it won’t keep you there.
Monday morning can either be a day of dread or one filled with
expectation for what lies ahead. As a leader what motivation do you
bring to the office on Monday? What do you believe truly motivates
your team to come back? Here are three qualities that will endear you
to your team and them proud to be by your side.
A leader with a servant’s heart. A leader with a servant’s heart is
not absorbed in centering the organization on his or her needs, but in
being a facilitator in order to make those around him successful. The
mentality is not, “what can you do for me?” but rather, “what can I do
When you engage your team with a servants heart you will help them see
and understand that you are about the big picture; not being the big
person. Authentic servant leadership will have the team back on Monday
if you dare to live it.
A leader with an open mind. Martha Stewart said, “Without an
open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.” And this is at
the heart of what makes your workplace enjoyable. When leadership is
open-minded to new ideas, thinking outside the margins, and vesting
trust in the team, great things are within your reach.
Strong morale is built upon a foundation of mutual respect and
appreciation for the talent and gifts each person has invested. The
leader with an open mind is smart enough to surround himself with the
best and brightest and humble enough not to care who gets the credit.
Keep an open mind and you will keep your team close. How open minded
A leader with a clear vision. Monday is the least of your worries if
your team members do not have their hearts and minds wrapped around
the vision and mission of what they are doing and why. A clear vision
and mission are the two key ingredients that give your team a sense of
purpose and direction.
Warren G. Bennis said, “Leadership is the ability to translate vision
into reality.” And this is the responsibility of your leadership; to
map out the vision in clear terms that your team can embrace. When
your team knows where they are going, why they are going there, and
what the rewards will be, it is then they will buy-in and go there
What brings your team back on Monday is a leader with a servant’s
heart; it is not about you. What brings your team back on Monday is a
leader with an open mind; don’t BS them. What brings your team back on
Monday is a leader with a vision; share it.
What do you say?
Doug Dickerson is a syndicated columnist. He writes a weekly column
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