Educational leadership articles

What does it take to be a leader? How should leaders act and can anyone be a leader? I think leadership is an acquired skill and you do not have to be, born to be a leader, to be one. These are my opinions about leadership.

Leadership is about character, integrity and courage more than about being the smartest, strongest or the best. The foundation of a leader is integrity. The dictionary states integrity as; soundness of moral character; honesty. Simply put integrity means true to your word, owning up to your mistakes, not making excuses and taking responsibility for your actions. Courage is doing the right thing, for the right reasons even when no one is around. To act on what you know is right is truly courage, courage is about action.

Do what you say. The saying, lead by example, are true of a great leader. Think of someone you have personally known that sounded like a good leader, but wasn’t. They were saying all the correct things and you probably believed them, but what they were doing didn’t make sense and it did not reflect what they were saying. This is a leader who acts only for themselves or their hidden agendas. They do not really want to help people and are looking out for their own skin.

Do not avoid failure. Many leaders have failed countless times and that is how they have learned. It is ok to be afraid of failure, but if you try to avoid failure, you will also be avoiding action. The ability to persevere and never give up is how you become a leader.

Integrity, lead by example and perseverance these are the qualities of a great leader. The greatest leaders are also compassionate, but are not easily influenced. I will now leave you with a quote that shows the power a single leader can produce. “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion”… Alexander the great

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How to acquire money, How to keep money and How to use money

In The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason he talks about 3 simple rules of money.

This Post will teach you those rules. Here we go.

You must first learn to live upon less than you can earn. Wait! I know what you are thinking, live below your means and cut up your credit cards, I do not believe that, but to live in abundance you must first learn to pay yourself first. You pay the bank, you pay for the clothes you wear, you pay for the things you eat and on and on, you pay to everyone but yourself. Maybe you put some money away for a while, but eventually that thing you always wanted catches your eye and you get it. You must pay yourself first before you pay for anything else at least 10% of your income, no less or as much more as you can afford.

Then you must seek advice from those who are competent through their own experiences to give it. Would you go to the mechanic to ask about real estate, of course not you would go to the realtor. People take advice every day from well meaning friends and relatives who mostly are fearful of losing money, but don’t really know what to do with it. Advice is freely given to the one seeking it, but it is your responsibility to decide what to do with that info. To seek money you must surround yourself with people who know its laws.

Lastly you must learn to make money work for you. Money in a wallet or bank account is quickly gone if there is no casflow to refill it. You can work for money, but your physical efforts have limits. You only have so many hours in every day and there is no leverage in that approach. In my opinion it is smarter to have money work for you through assets like a business, real estate, and investing in gold & silver or dividend producing stocks.

Remember that 10% is yours to be used for growing your wealth. Then find someone who knows its rules, but you make the decision. Finally, make money your slave and its children your slave. Do not be a slave to money.

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