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Leadership Elements

Leadership ElementsLast Thursday, I completed a four week workshop on leadership called “Leadership Elements.” (Thank you Mark Shull for recommending it!) Each of the four weeks focused on a different topic regarding being a leader. What is so great about this information is it can be used in various different environments – in the work place, at church, or even within your group of friends. Here are just a few of the “take-aways” that I learned.

  • Influence, not position is what allows us to lead people.
  • Influence is always in motion.
  • Fair or unfair, we are often judged on the perception of our leadership, not the reality of our leadership.
  • Influence comes from who you are, not just what you do.
  • Leadership begins with character and ends with influence.
  • Competence might make you a leader, but character gives you influence.
  • People might not always listen, but they never fail to imitate.
  • If you don’t know where you are, you can’t get from there to where you need to be.
  • Self-awareness helps prevent hypocrisy.
  • You can’t lead others past where you are.
  • Self-awareness leads to compassion for others.
  • A person who doesn’t have an awareness of their shortcomings comes across as pity.
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Why I Do What I Do

pen and paper

Writing is one of my passions.

Recently, several people have asked me what exactly it means to be an Online Content Manager. My job consisted of writing original content for the blogs of about 30 apartment complexes. I would write on anything including attractions in the surrounding area, upcoming concerts and events, and general apartment living posts. All of the posts had to be connected in some way to the respective apartment property.

I love writing because it allows me to be creative and to share with others information I’ve learned or that I currently know regarding any given topic. You can share your thoughts and let others know what is on your mind. It’s also a great way to help clear your mind of any stress – when you put pen to paper (or in this case fingers to keyboard) it’s like a part of you flows out of the words that come out on the screen. Reading is another thing I enjoy and it also helps me expand on my writing skills when I see how others write.

To give you a better idea of what I did at my last job, here are some examples of blog posts I wrote.

Photo Credit: By Kristian D.

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