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Youth Leadership Books

This is a great list of youth leadership books for personal reading or to use within a group setting. 50 Great Things Leaders Do: Let’s Get Fired Up! by Frank Rudnesky (2007) 101 Ways to Integrate Personal Development Into Core Curriculum: Lessons in Character Education for Grades K-12 by Mary Ann Conroy (University Press of America, 2000) A Higher Standard of Leadership: Lessons from the Life of Gandhi by Keshavan Nair (Berrett-Koehler, 1994) A Leader’s Legacy by James Kouzes and Barry Posner (Jossey-Bass, 2006) A Social Change Model of Leadership: […]

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Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove. Franklin was responsible for establishing the first public library, organizing fire fighters in Philadelphia, was one of the early supporters of mutual insurance and crossed the Atlantic eight times. Self-development was a constant endeavor throughout his incredible life. […]

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Leadership Lessons from Dr. Seuss

Below you will find a series of quotes from the collective works of Dr. Seuss and a brief explanation of how each relates to leadership.  “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Leaders should be bold, take risks, and move organizations forward. One of my favorite sayings is that managers do things right and leaders do the right things. That’s the difference between fitting in and standing out. Dr. Seuss did not fit in and neither should you. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more […]

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A Leader..

A great quote can provide personal inspiration and is helpful in educating others. Below are some great leadership quotes of all time. (Have a favorite quote that didn’t make my list? Share it out in the comments section below!) A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18 I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? —Benjamin Disraeli You manage things; […]

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The Top 10 Leadership Qualities

Integrity is the integration of outward actions and inner values. A person of integrity is the same on the outside and on the inside. Such an individual can be trusted because he or she never veers from inner values, even when it might be expeditious to do so. A leader must have the trust of followers and therefore must display integrity. Honest dealings, predictable reactions, well-controlled emotions, and an absence of tantrums and harsh outbursts are all signs of integrity. A leader who is centered in integrity will be more […]

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How to Maintain The Holiday Spirit

Do you often find every year it’s a struggle to maintain your holiday spirit? Despite the holidays representing a joyous time, many of us feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Contracting a severe case of the “bah humbugs!” is not too difficult. For example, Black Friday shopping madness seems to get worse every year. We have to deal with the financing and giving of gifts, party planning, party going, hosting relatives, traveling to visit family, and so on. With all of these preparations, the holidays can get to be a real […]

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Leadership Sparks

“Too many leaders act as if the sheep… their people… are there for the benefit of the shepherd, not that the shepherd has responsibility for the sheep.” ~ Ken Blanchard Thanks for joining me on this installment of the 12 Most ABCs of Leadership series. Only eight letters remaining in the alphabet, and I tried to pick some outliers for the S’s. Since there are so many S-adjectives, I hope you include your favorites in the comment section. 1. Sagacious There is an old Chinese proverb that states, “A wise […]

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Thanksgiving…

“Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks.” –Irving Berlin “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” –George Bernard Shaw “I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.” —Elbert Hubbard “Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t.” –-Unknown “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” –Cynthia Ozick “If you count all your assets, you always show […]

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Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship

In these tough economic times, more and more people are turning to entrepreneurship as an alternative to traditional employment. I applaud this trend, but caution all of you thinking this direction to approach entrepreneurship with your eyes wide open. It is not for everyone, as the entrepreneur’s path is fraught with challenges. Many experts have tried to clearly lay out the criteria for success in a way that allows you to judge your own situation and your own temperament, and make a rational decision before starting down this path. One […]

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Be authentic when you speak

The ability to communicate is not merely the ability to string words together coherently. It is the ability to authentically connect with people. If you are in charge of an organization you may have the ability to tell people what to do, but you will never have the ability to tell them what to think. Great leaders do. They win over followers on the strength of what they say and how they act, and that is why the sincerity of communication is so critical. Good leaders understand that public leadership […]

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