This is the 16th article in the Path of Honorable Leader Series.
The Path of the Honorable Leader requires caring for others in a way that others won’t understand. As you travel along your lonely path, you will notice others milling about as you pass them by. They are looking for something, but can’t tell you what it is. They long for peace and acceptance but aren’t sure how to find it. They are souls wandering the universe searching for their significance.
This is the 15th posting in the series The Path of the Honorable Leader.
Accountability. Holding others and self to be responsible for one’s actions. The Honorable Leader knows that there are no excuses. That whatever we do, we are responsible for the results. If we can take credit for the good, we should also be willing to take credit for the not so good, or sometimes, the bad. To hold people accountable means to love them enough to hold them responsible for their actions. Much like we teach our children the to be responsible for what they do, the Honorable Leader knows that this is something we should continue doing as adults. By holding others accountable, we build the framework for growth. That a lack of accountability leads to reckless actions, pain, setbacks, and a life of mediocrity.
Holding others accountable is hard. To tell someone they missed the mark, while encouraging them to do better, takes time and energy. It puts the leader in a vulnerable position as he must sometimes buck against the headwind. His may be the lone voice that calls for reasonableness and accountability. Too often, leaders fail to hold others accountable. That in their quest for power, prestige and profits, they sacrifice accountability. The Honorable Leader knows better. Accountability is a cornerstone for long term growth. Accountability, while sometimes painful, is the only way to sustained progress.
As an Honorable Leader, hold others, and yourself, accountable for your actions.
This is the 14th post in the Path of the Honorable Leader series.
The Honorable Leader knows that in order to be effective, his actions and behavior must be consistent. He must always be approachable, steady in his demeanor, thoughtful in his actions. Much like a tree blowing with the wind, he can sway and move with an ever changing environment, but his roots must remain firmly in place. If he swings too much, he will topple and fall. A leader knows that people don’t like change. If his moods swing widely, they will keep their distance. They will hesitate to bring him news. News he needs to be effective. To be a great leader, requires stability and consistency.
To emanate consistency, the Honorable Leader must have deep roots. He must wield an unyielding belief that he is in control of his emotions, his demeanor and his outlook on life. His solid foundation and consistent behavior will be contagious. Others will become steady during trying times. Their roots will also grow deep as they learn from the Honorable Leader. It is difficult for a single tree to weather a storm no matter how deep its roots. But place other trees with deep roots around it, and soon you have a forest that can withstand even the mightiest of storms.
The Honorable Leader knows that great leaders must be consistent.
This is the 13th posting in The Path of the Honorable Leader series.
The honorable leader knows that he has chosen the path he treads. That while life happens around him, that he alone decided where to take his next step. He cannot blame anyone else for the path he has taken. No one forced him to put his foot down, where he didn’t want to. Not his spouse. Not his kids. Not his boss. Not the economy. Not his health. Circumstances arise, but the honorable leader knows, that he was responsible for the path he chose.
As he has chosen alone, he also knows, that he cannot regret the path that he has taken. He knows that some of his steps were perhaps misplaced. But that while misplaced, it provided him with a lesson. Without lessons, life is nothing but boring walk towards death. Lessons are what provide both the joy, and the pain, that we call life.
This is the 12 posting in The Path of the Honorable Leader series.
The Path of the Honorable Leader is filled with hope. A better life. A better world. A better way to live. Yet the Honorable Leader knows that there is no guarantee in life. The Honorable Leader knows that while the events of our lives are lessons along life’s journey, that failure is still a possibility. Yet the Honorable Leader also knows that failure is a choice.
This is the 11th posting in the series The Path of the Honorable Leader
The Path of the Honorable Leader can be a strange place at times. The Honorable Leader, fully awake, fully conscious, notices that many others are asleep as he encounters them on his journey. What is obvious to the Honorable Leader, that there are things worth fighting for, things worth dying for, escapes so many others because they are asleep.
As he travels down the path, he notices that others appear to be moving and going about their day, but they move as if in a trance. They blindly follow each other. Every day. Every night. Up early. Eat. Get in traffic. Work. Eat. Get in traffic. Exercise. Feed the kids. Eat. Watch TV. Sleep. Get up early… day in and day out. Their only purpose in life is to see how much money they can earn. How much fame, prestige, and power they can acquire. They don’t care about the fate of others as they grab for all they can. They live by the motto, “he or she who dies with the most toys… wins.” They are numb to their life’s true calling. They are unaware that each of them has a higher purpose. That their life… could be so much more.
This is the 10th in The Path of the Honorable Leader series.
The Path of the Honorable Leader should be filled with laughter. As she travels down the path of life, the Honorable Leader feels the weight of the world around her. She knows that no matter how good her life is, that others are suffering. She carries this weight on her shoulders and the weight can become heavy, weighing on her, beating her down. If she is not careful, she may begin to lose her lust for life.
This is the ninth posting in The Path of the Honorable Leader series.
The Honorable Leader searches for enlightenment. He knows that once he feels he has arrived, that he has failed. A Leader’s journey is a never ending quest for knowledge and understanding. Enlightenment. The closer a leader comes to enlightenment, the farther it becomes. What does this mean in reality?
This is the eight posting in The Path of the Honorable Leader series.
While The Path of the Honorable Leader is a journey, it would not be a journey worth taking unless it leads towards something that is ultimately worthwhile. The Honorable Leader knows that leading means moving forward towards a goal. Valuing people and assisting others in feeling good about themselves is one thing. But what good is a feeling, if it results in nothing? Continue reading The Path of the Honorable Leader – Results→
This it the seventh in The Path of the Honorable Leader series.
The Path of the Honorable Leader is clearly defined. The Honorable Leader knows where she is going. At times, the path is obscured in fog, hiding what lies ahead. Squinting, she tries to pierce the fog so that she can plot her way. What lies just beyond her vision? A fork in the path? Heavy underbrush? Low hanging branches? Or, a clear path that allows her to continue on her journey?