New Leadership Principles

The first day on the job, in a new position, or another department with a company can be exciting, but too often is short-lived. The reception is usually a warm and friendly acceptance along with a degree of enthusiasm. In this temporal experience we can make assumptions that will lead us to a frustrating future leaving us wondering where we went wrong when we appeared to start so well. There are mistakes we make as leaders by basing decisions on a false premise. Here are some observations that may help us avoid pitfalls.

Ron Edmonson listed some pertinent issues a new leader will face.

Assuming people trust you before they really do. New leaders often gain a window of approval. Everyone appears nice to the new person. People will appear excited to have a new leader on board – or at least pretend they are until they learn whether they really are or not. Either way, people in the early days can often make a new leader feel very loved and very popular. While this is indeed a blessing, the leader must understand trust is not the same thing as popularity. Trust is almost never granted simply by arrival or by position. It must be earned over time and experience.

 

Bashing the past while attempting to get to the future. When you make fun or speak badly of days gone by you often alienate people who were there before you arrived. When you talk about the mistakes of the past – even if they are obvious – you are often talking about the people you are now trying to lead. They may not have even made some of the mistakes themselves, but they were there when they were made. They remained through them and when you diminish the past you’re diminishing them or their loyalty. Don’t forget the past – good or bad – is a part of their personal story.

 
Assuming nothing good was done before you got there. In reality there were probably lots of good things done in the past. It’s arrogant to think otherwise. They may not be experiencing their best days now – and, that’s probably part of the reason you are there – but, you’ll be better off to help people rediscover some things which were done well than to ignore any good that ever happened before.

I’ve made these mistakes and can attest to the veracity of this observations. Human tendency is to be excited at something new and fresh. However, once the newness wears off, we begin to see what time and relationship begin to expose. The wedding bliss loses its butterfly feelings when the spouse begins to exhibit things that familiarity no longer overlooks. But, this is when commitment becomes our stabilizer and keeps the overall vision alive and we press on to our goals.

As a leader in a new position, operate with patience. Assess the environment and expect resistance but don’t self-inflict unnecessary obstruction through immature decisions based on the temporal emotions of the present ignoring the inevitable conflicts of changing opinions. Don’t be swayed and played by flattery, but keep focused on the task at hand and adjust your attitude to operate with tact and wisdom. When we lose our pride we nullify the power of offense and retaliation for our feelings being hurt or our insecurity being challenged.

Dr. Reuben Egolf

Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council

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Burundi an Emerging Success

The United States Global Leadership Council represented by it’s Chairman Reuben Egolf and Vice-President Everett Hershey had the privilege of visiting Burundi in how they could successfully co-labor in building infrastructures. One of the members of the USGLC, Andrea Sabino, CEO of Vernon Capitol made the trip also to help create opportunities for exports.

We had read the reports and news that Burundi was unstable and violence was a norm. NOTHING could have been further from the truth. Amb. Albert Nasasagare, chief protocol officer and senior advisor to the President took us on a tour of the country, and peace was obvious and the mood of the people were hopeful for their future.

The privilege was ours to be invited to participate in a Community Action Day led by His Excellency, President Pierre Nkurunziza. He led by example by picking up a shovel and scooping cement for an assembly line of people passing it to its destination. The Burundian people are taking responsibility for the nation and determining their own destiny.

Burundi is building and now is the time for investors and corporations to take a serious look at this emerging market of growth.

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Leadership Encouragement and Wisdom

Don’t waste time being drawn into tabloid triviality disguised as pertinent issues. Focus on the issues, goals, and strategy laid out to get there. Speak about what matters. What you address, your words give power to. There are a lot of dead things now alive because someone chose to waste their time and give power to it.

Every challenge doesn’t need debated. A lion doesn’t run around every time a dog barks. Choose your battles wisely and chart your own course not letting the media set your agenda.

Always be humble but don’t mistake that for weakness. Humility is your greatest asset as a leader. The greater the pressure, the greater God’s strength will be demonstrated. God’s power flourishes in the garden of humility producing a fruit of lasting stability.

Be diligent and vigilant. Power-hungry wolves circle the seats of power in a never ending parade. Some people come into your life as a Blessing and others come into your life as a Lesson. Learn to discern the difference.

Give– but don’t allow yourself to be used.
Love– but don’t let your heart be abused.
Trust– but don’t be naïve.
Listen to others– But don’t lose your own voice

Leadership becomes a reality when a mindset shifts from being a victim to creating results and taking ownership of decisions. 

 

Reuben Egolf 

Chairman

United States Global Leadership Council

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Proper Motivation

We all have yielded to the temptation of trying to force someone into compliance to what we think or expect. The harvest of this fateful decision always ends up in feelings of frustration and exasperation. But we have to come to the conclusion that no matter how much you want to, you can’t force everything.

You can’t force people to agree with you.
You can’t force someone to see things from your perspective.
You can’t force people to share your values.
You can’t force your boss to give you a promotion.
You can’t force someone to believe in God.

The question becomes – what do you do?

Sit in silence, believing that you can’t make a difference? Or instead of trying to force people, do you find ways to influence, motivate, encourage and inspire them. Of course, you won’t be able to change everyone’s viewpoint. But you could change one.

If you’re a leader, you’re at your least effective when you try to force people to do things your way. And at your most effective when you are able to efficiently influence, motivate, and inspire your team, staff, and colleagues.

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When we try to change others through force, it indicates our weakness of insecurity and doubt concerning the talents we claim to have. Tools must be trusted to handle the job we employ them to do. If I am a leader then I have to believe the skills of tact, networking, positive attitude, persistence, and patience  are enough to persuade without a dictatorship approach that wields position as a battering ram.

When people are motivated instead of forced, then morale improves and efficiency grows.

Reuben Egolf

Beginning from the Ground Up

In our microwave world that wants instant results, we must know its OK, perhaps even preferable to grow slowly. Let me encourage you today that if you feel you are moving at a snails pace, at least you eventually do laps around the person refusing to move off the couch. I know the temptation to believe EVERYTHING should have the capacity to be microwaved into completion circumventing the baking process, which is the result of our technological age. However, there are some things in life that technology will never be able to accelerate to fruition and get the sustainable results necessary for its function. One of them being – the maturation of the spirit, soul, and heart of a person.

2nd Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
2nd Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice they are to be increasing and growing and not a onetime experience. People try a lot of shortcuts. Some look for an emotional experience — “If I just get this `certain experience’, then all my problems will be solved and I will be a mature Christian.” Other people say, “If I just go to this seminar…. If I just read this book… If I just listen to this tape…” A doctor cannot prescribe to me an instant pill to take for seven days and I’m going to be spiritually mature. It takes time. It takes an intentional pursuit. It won’t come automatically, instantaneously, or quickly.

Pointers to help in this process

Read the Word every day and meditate allowing the Holy Spirit to excavate the strata’s of God’s revelation for your life.

Remain patient in all things by permitting God’s Word to rule instead of emotions.
Understand the importance of digging deep and building a strong foundation for the future. The perceived drudgery in the now will turn into a sustainable and viable future.

The hard work put into the foundation gives opportunity for something beautiful to be built upon it.

Stop comparing your progress with those around you. You were not created to be a clone of someone else. You have been uniquely crafted for a specific purpose. If all you do is try to be like someone else, you will risk never being you and no one will ever know you existed.

When you stop trying to impress everyone, the more impressive you will become!
Don’t compromise your character or values in a quest for a quick fix. Good things are worth the wait… don’t settle for less when a little waiting gets the real prize.

Be grateful for the progress you have made so far. Be thankful and enjoy the journey. Don’t be so fixated on a place in the future that you never take notice to the beauty around you in the present.

Reach out and encourage others on their journey. Realize that the world is much bigger than you. When my world becomes bigger than me – my horizons broaden.
Remember that what seems like a long time now, will seem like a fleeting moment in the context of eternity.

Reuben Egolf

Unfortunately, people are remembered for the sum of their accomplishments but defined by their singular failure. Build such a life that is filled with integrity that your past failures are buried by the successes.  

Building Blocks for Achievement

If we attempt to find someone or something to blame for the past, we waste valuable energy from being invested in taking responsibility for our future. I believe that taking responsibility for one’s life becomes the greatest launching pads a person can construct in their lives. The concrete of humility sets the life for great achievements and future impact and legacy building. However, seeking to establish a victim mindset at the expense of personal responsibility dims my future and saturates my today with excuses. This takes away my motivation for change, sealing me in a perpetual frozen state at a moment somewhere in my past. Whether it be a society or an individual, learn to let go and truly believe there is a brighter tomorrow.

“Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” — George Washington Carver

Don’t give past failures the power to neutralize your future successes. Don’t abort possibilities and goals by building monuments to past experiences that brought no reward. Instead, learn, persevere, and try again. Never give up what you know is possible!

We all have a certain stigma concerning the past. Things are usually said like “don’t bring up the past” in a sharp tone, or “forget the past” and so on. Though I understand the negative side of the past and the power it can wield over a future, it still can’t be ignored nor can it not be learned from. The past can be one of our greatest educational experiences in preparing us for a better future. In other words, Don’t GO through life, GROW through life! Living without learning is a painful existence.

Living AND learning is not a pain free life, but it makes the encounter worthwhile. Instead of being damaged by the adversity I grow stronger, wiser, and more efficient. Look at the hand dealt to you (whether good or bad) as a tool for constructing a strong fortitude and commitment to make it to the goals you have set. Too many quit chasing the goal when things became hard and they change their goals instead of changing themselves.  Instead of terminating the goals at the expense of not changing, let’s permit humility to facilitate change and make it through the headwind of adversity to the goal line of accomplishment.

Reuben Egolf

Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council

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Moral Compass – Foundation of Ethics

The GPS we use to navigate in unfamiliar territory knows the route necessary to get us to the desired destination. Though there are many highways and streets, not all lead to the place we need to arrive at. In life, we do not call it a GPS but our moral compass. It is equipped with a circuit board known as ethics. Our system of moral values provide the circuitry for a moral compass to work effectively in providing a navigation system routing us through life to destinations that are profitable.

Our moral compass is shaped by our values which hold the steering wheel of our lives. These values are shaped deep within our soul at an early age developed by parental instruction, education, and the culture around us.

Ethics shape perspective which becomes the lens which we look through becoming our filter system for right and wrong

Once these principles of conduct that govern our business and government practices are established, the freeway of commerce and human interaction within this culture becomes an uninterrupted flow guided by integrity. The byproduct is consumer confidence grows and citizens learn to trust in a government that truly protects them. 

Becoming a successful corporation and great nation is not the result of a magical explosion induced from the cosmos. Rather, it is the intentional paying attention to the details that success depends on – integrity, honesty, truth, and fairness.

A rocket needs a platform to launch from, a plane needs a runway for take-off, a vehicle needs a highway to run on, and a nation/business needs ethics to build on.

Reuben Egolf

Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council

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Vision Necessary

Vision is the petri dish for passion and motivation. Direction gives people a purpose which refines their focus to be able to concentrate on the goal. Focus itself creates boundaries alleviating leadership from the worry of scattered directionless employees. Creating a target erases vague generalities that causes a foggy atmosphere of aimless pursuits.

Where focus goes, energy flows

No progress can be often attributed to where imagination has been mistaken for vision because of no preparation to act. Having think-tanks are only true innovators when preparation to act is the second part of the equation.

Leadership can’t make the mistake of tailoring their vision based upon current resources. By doing so creates a perpetual status quo. Vision will always stay ahead of resources creating new summits to achieve. Vision is not a present reality but good leadership has the task of translating vision to reality. Its bringing it into the realm of the possible. 

When a person is passionate about what they are doing, they won’t need forced, because the vision will pull them to the destination. That’s the power of vision in a leader as well as projecting the goal for others.

Reuben Egolf

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Economic Freedom Worth the Effort

The colonizing of nations by empires we normally relegate to the history books of years gone by. The human enslavement consisted of forced labor and an existence that barely rose above that of an animal. However, the change from that era has taken on a new face but the word enslavement still applies. I’m speaking of economic slavery

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword and the other is by debt.” – John Adams, 1826.

The investment into infrastructures of developing nations through development by collaborating business and government is paramount. Independence must go beyond forced labor by a foreign power, but continue onward to self-sustaining economic engines for growth and viability.

When a government can itemize its greatest needs, then it can approach the necessary businesses that provide the solutions. The providers can tailor and strategically target its ability to the said nation’s culture, laws, and strengths. Business employing the citizens through apprenticeship programs and education will produce a foundation for future sustainability for the country in that vocational genre.

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I understand this may be slightly vague and certainly can’t tackle the entire equation in one small article but may the dialogue at least begin. We can truly see the opportunities for developing nations to rise out of the quagmire of financial dependency and sluggish growth. It will take humble and honest leadership with a genuine heart for the people. Corporations will have to look beyond mere facts and figures and begin seeing the human component in their transactions and purpose.

Let’s place rhetoric on a back-burner and place action at the forefront and walk into a future filled with hope for all people.   

Reuben Egolf