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Leadership Techniques For Anyone: How Kermit Shared Five Leadership Secrets With The World
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the funeral of my friend Kermit. A pleasure, you ask? Yes, a pleasure and a honor, because it was a great celebration of Kermitís life and the passion and spirit he brought to living it.
Usually, when I go to funerals, the spiritual leader (pastor, minister, rabbi, cleric, etc.) goes on and on about the deceased, a person he barely knows; and maybe one or two friends or associates might say something about the deceased. Well, Kermitís funeral was special. The pastor spoke briefly, a singer sang a hymn, and then the pastor asked for comments from the audience. Thatís when the funeral became really special. After one and a half hours later, over forty people had gotten up and shared their positive experiences and what Kermit meant to them. People from their 20ís to well over 60-year-old people from different spiritual, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds stood up to make comments. People who served with him in the Navy (Kermit retired as a Commander) stood up and spoke about how Kermit changed their lives.
There was story after story about how Kermit made the speakers overcome obstacles and made them believe they could do better, and did this with passion. Some of them were as follows:
1. Past ballplayers talked about Kermitís cowbell as a rallying cry at their ballgames.
2. A woman told of having a flat tire on a busy roadway and Kermit, whom she didnít know at the time, stopped and helped her fix the tire; and then they became friends.
3. A businessperson talked about how Kermit volunteered his time to help him launch a business that is still going strong after ten years.
4. A previous player described how he was motivated by Kermit to make something of himself. He went to college and is a very successful basketball coach teaching the same principles that Kermit taught him.
5. A man explained that he was going through a divorce and bankruptcy and was thinking of committing suicide. Kermit heard about his troubles, called him, and helped him through these dark times. Now this person helps others through their challenging moments in life.
Wow! It moved me. Here are five leadership and success secrets Kermit shared with us. How can you apply them to become more successful and outstanding leaders?
1. What is Your Cowbell? Create Passion!
2. Expect the Best. Excellence Will Take Care of the Rest.
Expect the best out of people, and they will rise to your standards.
3. Understand So That You Are Understood
So my question is: How well do you understand your employees?
Take the time to understand their goals, wants, needs, hobbies, etc. The more you take time to understand them, the more your employees will want to help you succeed.
4. Give of Yourself
Take the time to go the extra mile to see how you can help your employees, your team, and/or your organization without ďkeeping score.Ē Your employees will feel that you care, and then they will go to a new level of caring.
5. Share the Knowledge
What special knowledge do you have that can help others succeed? Donít hoard your knowledge, share it. By sharing your knowledge, you multiply yourself and become known as a developer of people. Your knowledge, once you share it, will live on after you are gone.
Apply these five leadership techniques and create success in your business, with your team, in your community, and your life. Just like Kermit, you will also see instant results.
Thanks for sharing, Kermit, and making the world a better place.
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