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Book Recommendation: “The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell”

The other day, I bumped into my fellow author and speaker friend Paul Smith. We bumped into each other at the unlikely place of the post office. Unlikely because it was not the post office in my own town. I just happened to be over in that neighboring city when I saw Paul…and I am glad that I did.

As Paul and I were catching up, he shared with me that he had a new book out — “The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell.” I congratulated him and he said he would mail me a copy of the book. I just received my copy and it is fantastic. I know a book is good when I begin taking notes in it.

If you are a leader…then this is a must read for you. Get your copy now! Start reading, have a pen ready, and get ready to take notes!

Mark Bowser

Author of “Sales Success” with Zig Ziglar and “Some Gave It All” with Danny Lane

P.S. Here is a link to “The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell” on Amazon https://amzn.to/2V1PbzD

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Servant Leadership is Influence

Words to Live By

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; Leadership is defined by results not attributes.”

Peter F. Drucker

Don’t you wish more leaders in your organization understood this? Don’t misunderstand Mr. Drucker—Leadership isn’t about being liked, but it also isn’t about being bossy. Leadership is about Influence and that comes by being a servant.

If you want your leaders trained in this way then give me a call.

Mark Bowser

www.MarkBowser.com

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Graceful Leadership Like Walt Disney

By Mark Bowser

Famed Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar shares a fascinating story in his book Dream It! Do It!  of the graceful leadership expressed by Walt Disney.  As the story goes, one day Walt walked out of the Disney Studio Animation Building into the bright California sunshine.  As habit in those days, Walt pulled out his lighter to light his cigarette only to find that the lighter was defective and wouldn’t ignite.

Seeing Walt’s predicament, Ken Anderson promptly came to his boss’ rescue.  Ken was one of Disney’s great story and character genius’ on the animation team.  As he lit Walt’s cigarette with his own lighter, his lighter became too ambitious and Walt’s mustache caught on fire.  If that wasn’t bad enough, a large portion of the animation staff had witnessed the fiery debacle.

As you can imagine, Ken didn’t sleep very well that night.  He tossed and turned and could only imagine the worst.  The next day around noon, Ken’s nightmare became reality when he was summoned to Walt’s office.

Ken knew his days were numbered at the Disney Studios.  In his mind, he went through his resume thinking of who he could get a job with after Walt fired.  When Ken arrived at Walt’s office, the legendary studio head was waiting for him.  Walt said to Ken with a bright smile on his face, “Come on Ken –let’s go to lunch.”  Walt then led Ken to the Disney commissary where they found a table and broke bread together.

Now, that is graceful leadership in action.  By that time, Ken’s tragedy would have already spread like wild fire around the studio.  Everyone knew about it.  Walt understood this.  Taking Ken out to lunch would have been nice…but taking him to lunch in the Disney cafeteria where everyone could see them and experience the forgiveness for themselves was priceless.  Walt put back together Ken’s credibility with the animation staff.  It also lifted up Walt’s leadership too.  People knew that Walt could be demanding.  That he expected quality and their absolute best.  But, they also knew that they were loved and didn’t have to be perfect.  Hmmm, just some food for thought.

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Lincoln Met With People…So Should You!!

“Building trust and rapport with your team is of up most importance for any leader. United States President Abraham Lincoln spent 75% of his time meeting with people. Lincoln believed that a leader must stay close to people. Leaders are other oriented. Lincoln knew that they were a great source of information. Lincoln also understood that his people were the team’s greatest asset. His philosophy was to see as many people as he could.”
Excerpt From: Bowser, Mark. “The Three Pillars of Success.” AudioInk, 2010. iBooks. 

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Influential Leadership

“The Positional Leader has the title. I am the President. I am the Director. I am the King of the nation. Well, that is great. But that doesn’t in and of itself make you influential. The Influential Leader may be the peasant of the kingdom or the entry level employee. Influence is about inspiring and moving people into action in order to reach a desired goal. I hope you have the position, but I also hope you have the trust, respect, and heart of your people.”
Excerpt From: Bowser, Mark. “The Three Pillars of Success.” AudioInk, 2010. iBooks. 

Check out this book on the iBooks Store: https://itun.es/us/W_HgE.l

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Why Do Leaders Fail?

By Mark Bowser

Why do leaders fail?  This is a tricky question.  One with multiple depths of answers.  However, I believe there are two shining pillars that are always missing from leaders who fail.  Sometimes, these failing leaders are missing both of these pillars and at other times they are missing just one of them.  But, if either is missing, failure is inevitable.

What are these missing pillars?  They are Character and Vision.  Let’s take a few minutes to explore these pillars a bit deeper.

Hitler was a man of great vision.  A man who succeeded a great deal.   But, Hitler was a lousy leader.  Why?  Because of a lack of moral character. Yes, he thought he had character. Yes, many others thought he had character too.  But, to the masses of the world and of history, he lacked the basic moral character of honesty, uprightness, and love for  fellow human beings.  Because of this, he eventually failed.  We could get into the theological reasons for this failure, but that is one for another discussion.  All leaders who lack character at their core will fail. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday.

The second pillar that is missing from leadership failures is vision.  Vision is vital. Vision is critical. King Solomon in the book of Proverbs said, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  And perish indeed they will.  Where there is no vision or direction, people wander around in chaos with no purpose.  The human experience needs purpose.  We not only need purpose, we crave it.  Vision provides the purpose of the destination before the journey ever begins.

Successful leaders continually develop their two pillars.  They are mindful of their character and where they are going.  Would there be an America without a Washington?  Would there be two countries if not for Lincoln? Would England have survived World War Two without Churchill.  Will your organization thrive without you?  A you focused on incredible character and a vision worthy of the moon.  Some thoughts for us all to ponder.

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