"A" is stands for "Authenticity" for me. Just as letter "A" is the first letter in the alphabets, the first & best thing any leader can do for themselves is to be "Authentic" - real, genuine, credible, true. Yes, true to & for yourself. If you're not true to & for yourself you cannot be truly true to or for anyone else.
We live in a world were there are so many definitions of who or what we should be and if we don't know and are not grounded in who and Whose we are we can easily lose our identity.
We must remain authentic irrespective of the changes and challenges we face otherwise in time, you won't recognize yourself - and many others may not too.
"Value-add" has been a common term for several years - such that in some countries there's the tax for value-added (i.e. VAT). Well, it's not enough to mouth these phrases so we "sound" as if we're in tune with current phrases...we need to know what they mean and how to be part of that movement i.e. live it.
I like Albert Einstein's recommendation: Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
John Maxwell takes it one step further in saying that: To add value to others, one must first value others. Hence you must seek and know what is of value - knowing that one person's trash is another person's treasure and vice versa.
The easiest way to check if you know what's of value is how you manage your time - and what you do with it.
Until you add value to yourself,
you won't value your time.
Until you value your time,
you won't do anything with it.
~ M. Scott Peck
“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, b…
“Life happens” – that’s
a phrase that I have heard so many times in the last 5 or so years and wonder
why some people use it as an excuse not to step up and be more.
No one can control what happens to them in life. You can
only control your response to what happened to you. You always have a choice to
become better or bitter when “negative” things happen to you. The fact that
someone else got the job or promotion that you had always wanted is not a
reason to become bitter. It should motivate you to keep working towards your purpose
in life which is bigger than one job. Have you ever wondered why you are here – at this time? Why
were you not born decades earlier or later? “The
two most important days in your life are the day you are born and
the day you find out why.” ~ Mark Twain Discovering why you were born requires a lot of digging and is hard work. For this valuable work to be rewarding and sustainable, you need to be
committed to discovering your purpose and pursuing it with passio…