I’d like to be remembered as one who kept my priorities in the right order. We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed, and the important things will not change if we keep our priorities in proper order.

Truett Cathy

One may wonder where they can find examples of great leadership. If you ask me, I’d say you can find these examples almost anywhere.

Sometimes great leadership is discovered in pop culture. Other times you’ll find it in those you know personally. And still you may find great leadership examples from those long gone and far away.

Today, I want to look at 7 people who exemplified great leadership. Granted, they may not have always been great, but they did lead greatly for at least a time.

1. Jim Sinegal, Former CEO of Costco – He’s been declared a man of the people. When he was CEO of Costco, you could call his number and he would answer personally.

He also wanted to be addressed simply. His name tag said he could be called Jim. How cool is that?

I’ve lately fallen in love with the story of Gideon.

At face value, it seems like a miracle of God that a small troop of Israelites defeated an overwhelming enemy. It appears to be a story of God testing Gideon’s trust in Him. But when you look deeper, it shows an incredibly creative God who turns resistance into an opportunity.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the story. Midianites invaded the territory and oppressed the Israelites. God called Gideon to defeat them, even though there weren’t nearly enough men to combat the enemy army. If that wasn’t enough of an obstacle, God calls Gideon to shrink the size of his army down to only 300 men. 300 against 135,000!

But God had a creative solution to what seemed like an impossible amount of resistance.

What I Want

September 5, 2014 — 14 Comments

You guys are special. You constantly amaze me with the insights you share in the comments and your thirst to grow as leaders.

It makes me glow with pride, not for myself but for you! You guys are rocking it.

What I want

That’s why I want to share what I want for each and every one of you who reads my blog.

I want you to reach a level of success that balances work and play

I want you to discover friends who are willing to hold you accountable

I want you to go hard after your dreams

I want you to have a family that loves and cares for you

I want you to love and care for others

I want you to live a life worth living

I want you to be a positive influence on those around you

Making Better Decisions

September 3, 2014 — 23 Comments

This post originally published Friday, November 1, 2013 at www.greatleadersserve.org

A leader’s impact, career, reputation and legacy are all determined by the decisions he or she makes. Each week, I respond to a question I’ve received from another leader. Today’s question: How do you make better decisions?

Have you given much thought to this question? My hunch is that you and I may not think enough about how we make decisions. If you’ve been leading long, it can become instinctive or reflexive. You just do it – no thought required. Some would label this unconsciously competent. Isn’t that what you want? To be able to respond instinctively without thinking.