Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, the University of Alabama coaching legend, said it best when he said, “I’m just a plow hand from Arkansas, but I have learned how to hold a team together; how to lift some men up, how to calm down others, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat together, a team. There’s just three things I’d ever say: If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”
I have lived by those words whenever I’ve had the privilege to hold a leadership position. I believe in giving credit where credit is due. My husband owns almost every book ever written about leadership and the best ones I have read say that good leaders know how to surround themselves with people who are smarter than they are. It is my opinion that a collaborative leadership style shows you have the courage to follow people smarter than you and the strength to hold yourself accountable for mistakes. Exceptional leaders earn the support of followers, even the ones who sometimes disagree with them, because they know how to listen and appropriately respond to what they hear.The ability to lead comes from making contact with people and doing it often not from sitting around pontificating on how to be a leader. Thomas Paine wrote the Common Sense and Crisis Papers. His opinion was lead, follow, or get out of the way. We have all known people in positions of leadership who needed to get their egos out of the way. The saying “too many chiefs” comes to mind. We have all known people who will blindly follow shiny non-sense all the way over a cliff. Okay back to me…..
I’ve had dead-end jobs.
I’ve had good jobs that I failed to appreciate just how good I had it.
I have worked for the hopeless, the helpless, the users, and the losers. I have also worked for the good-hearted, the gracious, the grateful, and the generous.
For the moment, I am working for readers. Every day I am hoping, waiting, and so very much wanting them to recognize that I will follow their lead and write what they need to give them a laugh or a reason to open their minds.
WordPress is one of several partners that have teamed up to give me the tools to make the most of this exciting opportunity. WordPress developers have created this terrific platform and I am humbled by the skill, knowledge, and talent I have come across since beginning this blog. I like the hosting features. I like the geniuses who make it all work and that they call themselves automatticians. I like discovering information posted by other bloggers, some of whom not only post excellent content but also honor me by following mine. I must also give credit to my mega partner Amazon.com for offering an outstanding self-publishing service through CreateSpace and the best distribution channels for my book. This creative and sometimes exhausting journey isn’t easy for me, but if anything goes awry, it is because of my own impatience, inexperience, and yes, my half analog half digital brain. Thomas Paine also said, “What we obtain too cheap we esteem to lightly.” For my investment, I have to say, I hold this labor of love in high regard.
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