Flushing Lodge #298
April 21st, 2005
“What all great leaders have in
In an effort to make good men better
Some Great Leaders
Thomas Jefferson Abraham Lincoln
Jefferson (1743-1826), born in Born in the backwoods of Kentucky
Goochland, Virginia, was a in 1809, Lincoln (1809-1865) worked
philosopher, architect, statesman, as a rail splitter, boatman,
and third president of the United postmaster, surveyor, storekeeper,
States. He also served as governor lawyer, state legislator, and
of Virginia, minister to France, congressman before gaining
secretary of state, and vice national attention during debates for
president. Jefferson is best known election to the US Senate. When he
for being the primary author of the was elected the 16th US President,
Declaration of Independence, and seven states had already seceded
for the Louisiana purchase, which from the Union, to be followed by
doubled the size of the country. He four more. He guided the US
spent his years after the presidency through five years of traumatic civil
establishing the University of war and issued the Emancipation
Virginia. Proclamation to outlaw slavery in
the United States. His Gettysburg
Address, written on the train ride to
the battlefield, is still considered a
Benjamin Franklin Dwight D. Eisenhower
Franklin (1706-1790), born in Eisenhower (1890-1969) was born in
Boston, Massachusetts, was an Denison, Texas. He graduated from
American author, printer, inventor, West Point in 1915, became a
scientist, publisher, printer, and captain during World War I, and
diplomat. He was truly a man of served under General Douglas
many talents. Franklin was known MacArthur in the 1930's. After US
for his wit and humor, much of which entry into World War II he was
was published in Poor Richard's selected as commander of US
Almanac, and for his proof that forces in Europe, and led invasions
lightning was a form of electricity by of North Africa and Italy. He planned
experimenting with a kite in a and led the Allied invasion of
thunderstorm. He played a pivotal Europe. After the war he succeeded
role in the revolutionary and General George C. Marshall as
formative years of the United States. Army Chief of Staff, then retired to
He helped draft the Declaration of become president of Columbia
Independence in 1776, represented University. In 1951 he returned to
the US in France during the war, and service as supreme commander of
was involved in negotiating the NATO, and in 1952 'Ike' ran for
peace with Britain in 1781. He was a election and became the 34th US
stabilizing figure at the Constitutional President.
Convention in 1787. Franklin
founded the world's first public fire
department, the first public lending
library, and what later became the
University of Pennsylvania.
Winston Churchill Dale Carnegie
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Carnegie (1888-1955), born in
Churchill (1874-1965), was an Maryville, Missouri, started out
author, orator, statesman, as a traveling salesman. He
member of Parliament, cabinet began teaching public speaking
secretary, and the British Prime at a New York YMCA in 1912.
Minister who lead England His book Art of Public
through the trying years of Speaking was published in
World War II. His inspirational 1915. He became a well known
speaking held his country public speaker, and a pioneer in
together through the 'blitz' of personality development,
German bombardment, while eventually teaching private
his negotiating skills held courses and creating a chain of
together the shaky alliance schools. He is perhaps best
between the US and Russia. known for his 1936 book "How
After the war, he coined the to Win Friends and Influence
phrase 'iron curtain' to describe People", which has sold over
Soviet control of eastern 10 million copies in 30
Europe. Churchill was knighted languages.
for his service and awarded the
Nobel Prize for Literature in
1953 for his book "The Second
George Washington Harry S. Truman
Washington (1732-1799), born Truman (1884-1972), born in
in Westmoreland County, Lamar, Missouri, was a captain
Virginia, was commander in in World War I, a judge, a
Chief of American forces during senator, vice president, and,
five harsh years of the following the death of Franklin
Revolutionary War, and at times Roosevelt, the 33rd US
held his troops together with president. He was known for his
little more than his own strong basic values, his no-
willpower. After the war he nonsense attitude, and his plain
played a vital roll in presiding speaking. While Truman
over the Constitutional received rough treatment from
Convention of 1787, and was his critics while in office, he is
elected the first US president in one of the most admired past
1789. presidents. Among his
accomplishments were bringing
the second World War to a swift
conclusion, helping to establish
NATO and the UN, and
implementing the Marshall Plan
for economic recovery in
Europe after the war.
Norman Vincent Peale John Wooden
A Methodist minister, Considered the greatest
Peal, born in Bowersville, coach in the history of US
Ohio, made effective use college basketball,
of radio, television, and Wooden was also an All-
newspapers to promote American as a basketball
his ideas and philosophy player at Purdue in
- perhaps best described 1930,31, and 32.
in his best known book - Becoming head coach at
The Power of Positive UCLA in 1948, his teams
Thinking went on to set records for
the longest winning
streak and most
championships (10) in
Vince Lombardi Theodore Roosevelt
Vincent Thomas Lombardi Soldier, explorer,
(1913-1970), born in New conservationist, writer, New
York City, exemplified the York Governor, and 26th US
drive and determination he President, Roosevelt (1858-
instilled in his players. He 1919) was at the same time
played college and a realist and a romanticist.
professional football and extended the powers of the
coached at the high school, US presidency, and
college, and professional established what later
level. Under his leadership became the National Park
the Green Bay Packers won system. He received the
five national championships Nobel Peace Prize in 1906
in US professional football in for mediating an end to the
the 1960's, dominating the Russo-Japanese war and
sport. promoting construction of
the Panama Canal.
All of these leaders were born to fairly common folks
Quotes from some great leaders
Footprints on the sands of time
are not made by sitting down.
The difference between
a successful person and others
is not a lack of strength,
not a lack of knowledge,
but rather a lack of will.
~ Vince Lombardi
You can make more friends in two months by
becoming interested in other people than you
can in two years by trying to get other people
interested in you.
~ Dale Carnegie
The secret of success is consistency of
~ Benjamin Disraeli
When angry, count ten before you speak; if very
angry, one hundred.
~ Thomas Jefferson
The quality of a person's life is in direct
proportion to their commitment to excellence,
regardless of their chosen field of endeavor
~ Vince Lombardi
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again
~ Henry Ford
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
A leader who does not hesitate before he
sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a
~ Golda Meir
In any moment of decision the best thing you
can do is the right thing, the next best thing is
the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can
do is nothing.
~ Theodore Roosevelt
We must have strong minds, ready to accept
facts as they are.
~ Harry S. Truman
Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating
and attractive to others. They will love you for it.
They will go for you and with you.
Plan your work for today and every day, then
work your plan.
~ Norman Vincent Peale
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain,
and most fools do.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to
do something you want done because he wants
to do it.
~ Dwight Eisenhower
Be more concerned with your character than
with your reputation. Your character is what you
really are while your reputation is merely what
others think you are.
~ John Wooden
Associate yourself with men of good quality if
you esteem your own reputation, for 'tis better
to be alone than in bad company.
~ George Washington
The price of greatness is responsibility.
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even
fools are right sometimes
~ Winston Churchill
I’ve been asked to speak to you tonight about leadership
and some of the skills that you may need to be a good
Many years ago I wrote a paper for a graduate class on
leadership. During my research for that paper I ran
across many quotes of what leadership is. I can’t help
remembering one in particular. “Leadership is the unique
ability to have people follow “ I always think about this
and wonder WHY WOULD PEOPLE FOLLOW ANYONE.
When you break down those traits of people who lead;
you’ll come up with many consistencies. These traits are
the obvious answer to the question of why people follow.
As we go over these traits, think of those people that you
look to follow and you will more than likely see the reason
FIVE CONSISTENT TRAITS
OF GOOD LEADERSHIP
1. Positive attitude
2. Organization skills
4. Persuasiveness with the ability to
I’d like to take few minutes to highlight a
little about each of these traits.
We hear so much about attitude, good,
bad or indifferent. Pessimist’s vs. optimists
Is the glass half empty or half full?
In all we do, how we look at our situations
will be the first impression of feasibility. If
your beat before you start you will never
Planning is the key to success, no one here
plans to fail, but many of us fail to plan.
Planning and Organization are where you
foresee pitfalls and work out possibilities before
they happen. Hindsight vs. foresight =
planning, the difference between the two are
poor planning (hindsight) = what could’ve been.
Good planning (foresight) = what will be. All
great leaders have this trait, whether they are
coaches, politicians, CEO’s or Presiding
High Self-esteem (Big Key) You must like
who you are!!! Without this you’ll never
have belief in your abilities. With belief
in your abilities, or what you have
learned and how you use it in
application, you’ll have confidence to
make the tough decisions, be them
popular or not.
When we talk to business & industry we
find that their biggest complaint with new
workers are their communication skills.
Speaking in public is an act that can be learned;
persuasiveness is the next stage of that art.
The ability to have people believe in what you
say & sometimes even change their minds to
follow your lead is one of the biggest keys in
Ronald Reagan & Bill Clinton, no matter
what you feel about them, are both examples of
great public speakers, how else would they
have been elected to the office’s they held.
The ability to KEEP ON, sometimes even in the
face of adversity. All things in life will not be
easy; in fact failure is more prevalent than
success. Great leaders have failed many times
more than they have succeeded. This
illustrates one underlying theme. They DID
NOT QUIT. Failure is a good way to take our
mistakes and turn them into successes, failure
refines our organizational skills and gives us a
data base of information for our next venture.
Remember it’s always better to try and fail than
not to try at all.
I would like to urge you to remember that in
all walks of life, all professions known, these
traits will help you be the best you can possibly
be. Some folks are leader’s by name & some
are leaders by deeds, both carry the title---but
not all possess the skills. That’s what makes
the difference between the good ones and the
What is Leadership?
The ability to motivate people to do
what you ask!
Who are those leaders?
People like you and me who
when asked will take charge
and motivate people to do more
than they think they can
Why do people or plans fail?
What we have here is a failure to
A good leader:
3. Follows through
4. Provides Direction
5. Leads Courageously
6. Fosters Team Work
7. Coaches & Develops
Listen to Others
Prepare Written Communication
“When You’re the Master”
Form committees with an
active chairman and have
them give reports back to the
Lodge. The members need
to know what is going on in
their Lodge and offer support
When planning your year,
you should remember what
your role as Master should
be; to attract, retain, and
motivate your members to
return to Lodge, participate
and promote membership
If we are going to attract and
keep the new member we must
listen to what their concerns are
and respond to make Lodge
meetings an enjoyable and
rewarding experience for all.
You and your officers need to
work and develop the new
leaders in your Lodge if we are
going to be successful in the
No such thing as bad luck,
just poor planning
When planing for the future remember the
words of General George S. Patton
“ A good plan executed right now is far
better than a perfect plan executed next