As I watch the daily news and read several articles about the recent announcement of Osama bin Laden’s capture and demise, I start to think about how people use or misuse the power of leadership in their lives. Osama clearly used his power as a leader within the terrorist network for evil and wrong doings and led his team to carry out heinous acts against our country. I have the fortunate opportunity to work for a leader that uses his incredible leadership skills to unleash the power and potential of people and organizations for the greater good. One of his recent messages to the company was so profound and brought to light how much leadership really does impact people’s behaviors.
“Last night as I watched President Obama’s announcement about the killing of Osama bin Laden, I really felt the sadness in his heart. You know, to actually give the orders to have to try to kill someone else. I just thought once again about the good wolf and the bad wolf and how we all have both of those and the one that wins is whichever one we feed, and unfortunately bin Laden chose to feed the bad wolf on an ongoing basis. It’s such a tough job being president of this country. I’m so glad he said that our war is not against Islam, it’s against people who are out to kill others and out to harm others—people who are really feeding the bad wolf.
So leadership really does make a difference. It can make a difference in a negative way and it can make a difference in a positive way. All of us are leaders—anytime you try to influence the thinking, beliefs, or development of someone else, you’re engaging in leadership. So which wolf are you feeding today? I want to feed the good wolf today. So take care of yourselves. Life is a very special occasion, particularly if you reach out and help someone else.” Ken Blanchard
What leadership techniques does your manager use to unleash your power and potential?