Melancholy Personality…Ghost Post #4

We garner from the name itself the traits portrayed in this personality. The good traits include perfection, attention to detail, organizational skills, and they are usually very talented and skilled in art, music, and composition.

Perhaps the thought is, “we need someone like this on our team,” and that might be right as long as the melancholy personality can control whatever negative personality traits they possess. These include: depression, mania for perfection that keeps them from completing the job on time, mood swings (up one day and down the next), or sometimes a complete lack of interest in doing anything.

When motivated and controlled, they are productive and the most caring about detail and doing the job right the first time.

There can be, however, a hindrance when they spend too much time trying to get it perfect. There is also the difficulty of working with others because of their moodiness.

Knowing each type of personality enables leaders to understand those who follow and how to lead in the most beneficial way for the good of the individual and the church.

Leadership Thought Of The Day…

“Either do it or don’t do it. No more wishy-washy, half-hearted attempts. Either say ‘no’ to achievement or dig in and get to the bottom of the persistent incongruence between what you say and what you do.” Dan Kennedy

Today’s thought is convicting on a number of levels, but the idea of consistency and compatibility between words and actions in our leadership cannot be overstated.

Leaders cannot afford to approach decision-making with a half-hearted hope that it may or may not be the right decision.

Goals must be set with a confident assurance that the direction established will achieve the intended results.

Four ideas are portrayed when leaders dig in and work to achieve success: 1) Hope is instilled in followers, 2) A stronger morale drives the tasks in order to get the job done, 3) Doubt is eliminated, and 4) Credibility for future development is created.

Let us lead with such focus in mind and dig in until we achieve the task.

Making Memories…

Making memories is an expression primarily used with families. The role of parental leadership in the family is vital to the success and future sustainability of the family.

Parents have a responsibility to insure they make memories with their children. Time flies by too quickly and children grow up too fast to be consumed with our personal goals and aspirations.

Thinking we have plenty of time and will get around to it tomorrow, next week, month, or year, is a dangerous way to think. Before we know it, our children grow up and move on and they are left without the memories of a childhood that should be filled with the joys of a family unit with the right balance.

The only perfect formula that can be used in raising children is given by God. Along the way, the memories we make with our children provide a foundation for the authority of God’s word to guide the instruction and discipline of our children.

Time passes too quickly not to give credence to this vital component of the family. What kind of memory-makers will our children remember?

Ready…Set…Go…

Perhaps the memories associated with these words connect with the beginning of a race. All kinds of races, from “chuck-wagon” to “foot” races, begin the same way.

A few interesting facts about these races are significant when considering the importance of leadership.

First, racing is a contest with a key factor – winning. After all, this is the purpose of the race. All other factors are in place to achieve this factor.

Second, all races have one goal in mind – finishing. How someone finishes depends on how they expend their efforts during the race, but the one goal all participants have is to finish.

Third, another key factor is involved – preparation. In some ways, this is the most important part of the race. The nature of one’s preparation is indicated by the performance when racing – the better the preparation, the better the performance.

Paul refers to these three components as “competition, the prize, and self-control.”

Spiritually, the race involves our eternal destiny and that of those who are led. How we prepare to run, strive to win souls, and finish this race is worth the time given: ready…set…go.

Leadership Word Of The Week…Certainty

Possessing certainty is associated with being certain, and leaders cannot afford to be without it. Two distinct ideas are associated with the definition of this week’s word.

First, it involves a firm conviction that something is the case. There is an “absolute” quality connected to the type of certainty that leaders possess in providing vision, establishing goals, and implementing plans. This kind of conviction insures a confidence by followers that a fact is definitely true or an event will take place.

Second, there is a quality of being reliably true and one that translates into reliable character. As critical as the first, so is the second. Followers need to know leaders have a certainty that is built on the quality of being reliable. The nature of reliability is imperative for the success of leading others in the fulfillment of any task.

Leaders who conduct themselves with certainty and lead with confidence instill in others a hope that what is promised will be done.

We need more who do the research to be prepared to lead with certainty.

Sanguine Personality…Ghost Post #3

How many times have we looked up and found one person always talking? They are probably a “Sanguine” personality.

They know no stranger. They are happy most of the time and everybody in the company likes them, but! They start things and do not finish them. They forget to put tools up. They leave a trail of “stuff” behind everywhere they go. It is not that they cannot or will not do these things right; it is just that they do not think about them. Their mind is somewhere else, on to bigger and better things.

The Sanguine is a great person to have around. They are funny, quick, and personable. They do well in sales. They are good to take the lead, if they have a list of everything they need to take with them.  They just need a leader to help them focus.

The Sanguine is usually smart and willing to learn; they just need some leadership. Do you have someone like this that can be useful?  What can be done to help them focus and be better at what they do for themselves and others.

Leadership Thought Of The Day…

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou

Albeit a positive thought, the intent is to fulfill this very purpose. Without exception, all of us experience days that are not the most pleasant. These days can be clouded by the challenges of life, e.g. family problems, health issues, financial struggles, relational matters, and the list goes on.

Consider the difference when leaders are instrumental in taking those clouds and placing a rainbow there. These are the kind of leaders we should all want to follow and, better yet, emulate. Applying a few simple ideas can make all the difference.

Learn to smile more. A friendly smile can make all the difference in someone’s day.

Genuinely ask about someone’s day. People need and want to know someone cares.

Learn to listen to the words, tone of voice, and body language. We should listen with our ears, eyes, and heart.

Do something nice for someone who will never find out. While challenging to do, this practice is awesome and life changing.

There are more, but let us start here and watch how others respond to our leadership.