Answering Leadership’s Call

Posted on October 30th, 2013 in Perspectives on Leadership by John Jensen

Hello Leaders,

As a President of a Fraternity here at UW-Whitewater, there are several websites/blogs that I read to try to constantly find tips to make my organization better than it was before. One of those websites is Fraternal Thoughts. They had a great post over there a couple of years ago called “Answering the Call” (which you should really read before reading the rest of this post!) Keep in mind that “Fraternal Thoughts” is written for Greek organizations and has a couple of references to Fraternity and Sorority activities.

The post simulates a dialogue between Leadership and a person answering a phone call from Leadership. There are a couple of parts in the conversation that I would like to highlight.

Pretty early in their conversation “Doug” asks “Why are you calling?” To which Leadership responds, “It’s time.” This is a realization that we all need to come to. Our time to lead has come and it is time for us to answer the call. “Why did you answer this time?” “It felt different.” For those of us that have been followers for some time, the call to lead is often uncomfortable or seems unfamiliar… But it is important that we answer that call.

At one point in the conversation, they talk about another member of the chapter that has been battling a drug addiction, but “Doug” decided to talk about sports. Part of leadership is being willing to make the uncomfortable step towards helping people. If there is someone in your life that you are concerned about and need your help, help them. That’s part of leadership. Doug says “I was scared to say anything.” to which Leadership responded “That seems to be a recurring problem.”

My favorite part of this conversation is towards the middle when “Doug” asks “But why me?”

“Why not you?”

So often we make leadership look like it is some sort of super power, that it is somehow beyond us as humans.  It’s NOT. It’s time that we finally answer Leadership’s call and realize that we can’t wait for someone else to be the leader.  Our organizations, our friends, our family, and our world need us to answer Leadership’s call.

“You’ll figure it out.  The hard part is over.” – Leadership

“What’s that?” – Doug

“I called.  And finally, you answered.”

 

Until Next Time,

John

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

Posted on October 21st, 2013 in Perspectives on Leadership,Tips and Secrets by John Jensen

Hello Leaders,

I would like to direct you all to a post from Forbes from back in February. It is pretty interesting and I think we all could learn a lot about certain things to make good habits out of when it comes to leadership.

Click Here to read!

-John

A Crisis of Leadership?

Posted on October 10th, 2013 in Perspectives on Leadership by John Jensen

Hello Leaders,

I came into the office this morning (by the way you should like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/uww.involvement), and did my normal routine for a Thursday. I sat down, at my lunch, grabbed my computer, and started perusing the internet looking for different perspectives and theories on leadership. I came across an article from Forbes called “A Crisis of Leadership” that was published today and it made me ponder the question “why do we talk about leadership?” I mean, we don’t talk about many other qualities of people, at least not at the intensity that we talk about leadership. Do we talk about leadership so much because we are striving for real leaders?

The article says that it is time for a leadership movement – focused on engagement, open dialogue, and candid discourse above all of the focus on personal gain. The writer’s main criticism of our world leaders is that they are so focused on getting an ego boost, always being right, and maintaining any level of power rather than doing what’s right. The author says that the main problem is that we have forgotten what leadership looks like.

Take a look at this article, comment on this blog post and tell me what you think! I think that this is plausible, I think that we are striving for more leaders, and in our world we are looking for REAL leaders.

Maybe that leader is you?

Until Next Time,
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs

Everyday Leadership

Posted on October 9th, 2013 in Perspectives on Leadership,Uncategorized by John Jensen

Hello Leaders,

Anyone that knows me knows that I spend an unusual amount of time browsing the internet, most of this time is spent on YouTube. One of my favorite YouTube channels is the TED channel. For those of you unfamiliar with TED, TED is a channel filled with hundreds of speakers with topics ranging from leadership to science. I have posted numerous TED videos in the past on this blog.

Today I found a video titled “Everyday Leadership can be Achieved by You” (which you can watch below). In this video, the speaker tells a story about how a young woman came up to him on one of his last days of college and told him a story about how he had been one of the most important people in his life. Yet, he had never actually met this woman. To hear the story you will have to watch the video (it’s only a little over 6 minutes).

There are a couple of points in this video that I want to highlight. The speaker asks everyone in the audience if they have had an experience where someone made an impact in their lives that made it better or more meaningful. He then asks how many of them had thanked that person for doing so. Not very many people raised their hand for the second question. It is so important that we thank those that make a positive impact in our lives. “We celebrate birthdays where all you have to do is not die for 365 days. And yet we let people who have made our lives better walk around without knowing it.”

He brings up a quote from Marianne Williamson “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” This is such a profound perspective of leadership. All too often we stop ourselves from being leaders because we think it is something beyond us. We have decided that leadership is about changing the entire world.

Which brings me to his last point. The speaker says that there is no world, only 6 billion understandings of it. If you change one persons understanding of it, or one persons understanding of how powerful of an agent of change they can be in the world, then we can change everything and redefine leadership.

I definitely recommend that you take a look at this video and think about if you have been creating enough “lollipop moments”.

Until Next Time,
John
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer