December 4, 2012

A good example for leading sheep

In previous posts, I covered leadership traits, using the right tools, and lessons for leaders.  This time I want to give an example of a great shepard we all will recognize.

Were you a David once but now you’re a Goliath? Perhaps you need to be David-sized again. David had volunteered to fight Goliath dressed only in his simple tunic, carrying his shepherd's staff, slingshot and a pouch full of stones. David approached Goliath. The giant cursed at him, hurling threats and insults. As Goliath moved in for the kill, David reached into his bag and slung one of his stones at Goliath's head. Finding a hole in the armor, the stone sank into the giant's forehead and he fell face down on the ground.

Has your business grown too cumbersome? Are you a Goliath or a David? Do you need to be a David again to gain the business agility and focus necessary to succeed in today’s world?

Perhaps there is more to learn in this biblical tale than any classroom, training session or manager could ever impart. Consider these points.

  • David won not because he was small but because he found a niche
  • David was small but he had a big heart full of courage
  • David had leverage. His slingshot and hunger to succeed
    became his leverage.
  • David did not have excess baggage
  • David showed speed in adapting to change.
    Make “being the 1st” a must.
  • David’s technique was powered by strategy.

My favorite lessons from David:

  • David may have been small in stature but he planned, thought, strategized and executed bigger than Goliath
  • Even when you are Goliath once again, can you retain the heart and soul of David to lead your people and your business?

If you missed the start of this 4-part series, go to first post: How are you leading your sheep? http://2bproductive.blogspot.com/2012/09/how-are-you-leading-your-sheep.html

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