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Flushing Lodge #298 LEO Program Leadership Qualities April 21st, 2005 “What all great leaders have in common” 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 masterpiece. 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 World War." 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 NCAA history. 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. ~ unknown 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 purpose. ~ 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 more intelligently. ~ 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 leader. ~ 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 LEADERSHIP I’ve been asked to speak to you tonight about leadership and some of the skills that you may need to be a good leader. 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 why. FIVE CONSISTENT TRAITS OF GOOD LEADERSHIP 1. Positive attitude 2. Organization skills 3. Confidence 4. Persuasiveness with the ability to Communicate 5. Perseverance I’d like to take few minutes to highlight a little about each of these traits. Attitude: 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 succeed. Organization: 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 Officers. Confidence: 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. Persuasiveness / Communication: 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 good leadership. 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. Perseverance: 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 bad ones. Masonic Leadership What is Leadership? Lodge Leadership The ability to motivate people to do what you ask! Who are those leaders? Lodge Leadership People like you and me who when asked will take charge and motivate people to do more than they think they can achieve. Lodge Leadership Why do people or plans fail? What we have here is a failure to communicate! Lodge Leadership A good leader: 1. Listens 2. Reacts 3. Follows through 4. Provides Direction 5. Leads Courageously 6. Fosters Team Work 7. Coaches & Develops Communication Factor Communicate Appropriately Speak Effectively Listen to Others Prepare Written Communication Lodge Leadership “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 Lodge Leadership 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 Lodge Leadership 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 future! Lodge Leadership No such thing as bad luck, just poor planning Lodge Leadership 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 week”.
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