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Leadership Starts With Giving:  Three Secrets to Attracting More Success in Your Life by Making a Difference

By Ed Sykes

leadership, leadership skills, leaders, motivation, mentor, teamworkLeadership starts by giving. The more we share with others, the more we make a difference in our businesses, our careers, and our communities.  Let me share the following leadership story of making a difference:

Joy had just finished a successful women’s leadership presentation for an organization.  She stopped at the local mall.  As she opened the door, she noticed a twenty dollar bill on the ground.  She looked around and picked up the bill and called me to share her exciting find.  She asked me what we should do with it since no one was apparently looking for the bill, and I suggested she bring the bill home and we could discuss it.

That night, we debated about what we should do with our good fortune.  We agreed that we could not keep it since we gained it at the expense of someone else’s bad fortune.

Then the answer came to us.  One of our favorite television programs mentioned that the free healthcare program they help sponsor was short of their financial goals for an free health clinic they were holding in New Orleans on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by $300,000.  This was our solution!  We went online to the organization’s website and donated twenty dollars to their cause.

Well, soon after we heard that the organization was able to meet their financial goals, due to thousands of small contributions, and hold the free health clinic for two days, helping thousands of patients with their health needs.  Some patients were able to find out that they did have health challenges, some life threatening, while at the free health clinic.

I share this story to illustrate the power of the leader within us.  We are all leaders, and we can make a difference in our lives by giving more.  The following are three leadership secrets to being more successful by giving more:

·         Opportunities to Give are All Around Us

There are opportunities to give all around us.  Open your “giving senses” to the opportunities that are available.  Giving doesn’t always mean donating money.  Volunteer and give your time and expertise, which could be just as important.  If you are at work, leadership starts by sharing your knowledge with new employees.   In your community, share your time, money, and/or expertise with community or sports groups.  One of our favorites is the American Cancer Society.

 

·         Your Individual Actions Lead to Big Results

Often, I am asked, “What we can I do?”  You would be surprised how the smallest action can lead to big results.  Just by taking the step, you are taking action to make a difference.  At work, if you take time to give encouragement or let your manager know that you support his initiative by sharing your ideas can make a world of difference in the workplace.  In your community, taking a small action can ignite others to also make a difference.

 

·         Recruit Others to Give

Leadership is about recruiting others to make a difference.  Recruit others to be passionate about giving.  Sometimes it comes down to what’s in it for them to volunteer and give their time, money, and/or expertise.  Along with making a difference, you might mention that giving allows others to see your skills and this can lead to new opportunities.

Take the time to show your leadership skills and give so that you can make a difference.  You create new opportunities and enhance others, while feeling good about the whole process.

 

Suggested leadership reading:

 

Seven Secrets to Being the Leader Everyone Wants to Follow

Five Secrets to Becoming the Perfect Employee That Everyone Wants – Part One

 Have You Appreciated Someone Today?

Nine Ways Johnny Carson Can Help You Run Outstanding Meetings

You Mean I Need to Promote Myself to Get a Promotion? 5 Promotion Secrets to Get the Job You Want!

Five Secrets to Gaining Credibility with Your Team for Outstanding Results

How Appetizing Is Your Feedback? (5 Steps to Giving Effective Feedback)

Ten Techniques for Motivating Others Through Chaos

10 Action Steps to Motivate Yourself to Great Accomplishments

Eight Ways to Motivate Part-Time Employees

Delegate to Accelerate Success (How to Prepare Yourself and Others for Success)

Appreciate to Motivate (The Key to Successful Team Building)

The Greatest Gift of All - The Gift of Empowerment

Leadership Secrets for Challenging Times

Words to Live By – Six Ways to Breathe Life into Your Day

Verbal Faux Pas – The Words You Use Can Empower or Confuse

Bite Your Tongue! 10 Ways to Be an Effective Listener

Five Secrets to “Thinking on Your Feet”

Ten Quick Tips for Outstanding Presentations

Dr. Seuss's "The Cat in the Hat" Will Help You Get Your Point Across! (Yes you can, here's the plan!)

How to Set Boundaries and Say No 

Suggested Leadership Resources

 

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