20 Attributes of a Leader

The nugget for this week from John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average is based upon 20 facts about leadership. It uses the theme of an old Arab proverb:

  • An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by  sheep. – Old Arab Proverb

There is not much to discuss about facts, as they are what they are. Therefore I post them as they are in his book.

He starts by asking “what are the actions and attributes of a leader? What is it that makes him different from others?”

Then he continues by giving 20 attributes of a leader:

  1. A leader is always full of praiseIMG_2629
  2. A leader learns to use the phrases “thank you” and “please” on his way to the top.
  3. A leader is always growing.
  4. A leader is possessed with his dreams.
  5. A leader launches forth before success is certain
  6. A leader is not afraid of confrontation.
  7. A leader talks about his own mistakes before talking about someone else’s.
  8. A leader is a person of honesty and integrity.
  9. A leader has a good name.
  10. A leader makes others better.
  11. A leader is quick to praise and encourage the smallest amount of improvement.
  12. A leader is genuinely interested in others.
  13. A leader looks for opportunities to find someone doing something right.
  14. A leader takes others up with him.
  15. A leader responds to his own failures and acknowledges them before others have to discover and reveal them.
  16. A leader never allows murmuring – from himself or others.
  17. A leader is specific in what he expects.
  18. A leader holds accountable those who work with him.
  19. A leader does what is right rather than what is popular.
  20. A leader is a servant.

A leader is a lion, not a sheep.


Warning: If In Doubt; Don’t.

There is no doubt about the importance of today’s nugget as we get to nugget #33. The nugget for today from John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average is: “If in doubt; don’t”. I’ve heard another version of this as well….”When in doubt; stay out”. But in essence I believe it says the same thing. The fact is that doubt and uncertainty is something we have to deal with on a daily basis.

If In Doubt; Don’t.

Whether it is a tempting business deal where huge promises are being made to you, or whether it is a decision which involves some moral issues for you: if in doubt; don’t.

In his book An Enemy Called Average John Mason refers to the following fable:

One day a hunter came across a bear in the woods. The bear said to the hunter, “I want a full stomach.”

The hunter responded, “I want a fur coat.”

“Let’s compromise,” the bear suggested – and promptly ate the man. As a result they both got what they wanted. The bear went away with a full stomach and the man went away rapped in fur.

Yet, the hunter learned the lesson of compromise: when having to choose between the lesser of two evils, choose neither.

We are faced with making choices every single day. Many people have the attitude of “whatever will be, will be”, thinking that we don’t really have any say in the outcome. Nothing could be further from the truth.

This way of thinking is derived from the fact that we should pray according to the will of God. But that does not exempt us from any responsibility. That doesn’t mean that we should say (or even pray) what we would like to happen, and then just helplessly sit back and see what is going to happen. We shouldn’t pray, and then wait to see what the will of God is. We should not only be praying according to – or in line with – the will of God; we should be praying the will of God. This is where it is often missed when people say “but I don’t know what the will of God is in any given situation”. Yes, you do know what the will of God is. It is written in the Bible.

Choose Excellence.

In Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NIV) He clearly says “19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that INever settle for mediocrity;go for excellence have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”.

God’s will for us is to have life, so that we and our children may live. Jesus came (and paid the price), that we may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). But the responsibility is ours to make the choice.

In Matthew 6 Jesus teaches us how to pray by teaching what we know today as the Lord’s Prayer. In verses 9-10 (NIV) it says ““This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven”.

There you have it; God wants His will to be done, here on earth as it is in heaven.

On more than one occasion in Matthew it is stated that the Kingdom of Heaven has come near:

  • Matthew 3:2 ….. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
  • Matthew 4:17 “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
  • Matthew 10:7 “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’”
  • Matthew 13:47 [The Parable of the Net] “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish”.
  • Matthew 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

If you want to know what the will of God is; look it up in the Bible. If you want to know what the will of God is concerning you; look it up in the Bible. Romans 10:4-13 NIV says “Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.”[a] But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”[b] (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’”[c] (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[d] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[f]

If Romans 10:4-13 is applicable to you, all promises in the Bible are applicable to you, and when you pray by faith according to the will of God, whatever you bind on earth, will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth, will be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19).

God is the Creator of all things. He is the King of kings. Everything about God speaks of excellence. So when you choose, never compromise. Go for excellence. God’s call is never a call to mediocrity; God’s call is always a call to excellence.

Today is The First Day of Your Future.

It is time to leave the past behind. Nothing that is in the past can be made undone. But today is the first day of your future. The choices you make today will have an impact on your future.

If you have made wise choices in the past and you are enjoying its fruit today, well done. Why don’t you share with us? But if that is not you, it’s not too late; what choices are you going to make today? Tell me about the choices you are committing too today.

I look forward to hear from you.

Progress Update

On September 18, 2015 I’ve made an announcement here on the Victory Lifestyle blog that the weekly publishing of the nugget discussions will move to Mondays for at least three weeks. For the time being I’ve decided to continue publishing the discussions of these nuggets on Mondays.

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Your Problem Is Your Promotion

When listening to people you sometimes can’t help to think that life is one big burden to them. They are always facing some major problem. Yet, when we look at this week’s nugget, I think those people who are always facing some problem, should consider themselves to be blessed.

This week’s nugget from John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average is nugget #32 and it says “your problem is yourDSCN9417_2 promotion”.

You Problem Is Your Promotion.

In a working environment we sometimes find this the other way around. It is as if the promotion is the problem for many people. It ends up in gossiping, back-stabbing and all kinds of negativity. They start competing to obtain attention from their superiors, and end up burning themselves out and suffering from negative stress. Yet, they walk around complaining to everybody about how hard and unfair life is.

All this is causing negative stress, while creating a problem which doesn’t even need to exist. All you have to do is to find a real problem and solve it. But so often people would try and find every possible way to avoid the real problems.

As John Mason so accurately states in his book; David’s brothers didn’t do anything about the problem, because they feared the problem and thought it was too big to hit. David on the other hand looked at the problem and thought it was too big to miss.

It is the way you look at the problem that makes all the difference. But face your problem. In the end you’ll either be better or you’ll be worse as a result of the problem. Yes, I’m not saying you will be successful in solving every single problem, but by getting involved in problem solving will definitely improve your experience.

If you want to increase you success rate, double your failure rate. – Thomas Watson, Sr.

No obstacle will ever leave you the way it found you. – John L Mason.

Every obstacle has a limited lifespan. Many of the problems you worried about last year, you can’t even remember today.

In times of adversity you don’t have an obstacle to deal with, you have a choice to make. – John L. Mason.

Don’t Fear.

When facing your problems, don’t fear. Take stock of the situation. Decide what the worst that can happen is. Then start searching for the most logical solutions. Then, as John Mason says; “in the midst of unbelievable circumstances, believe”.

Companies are looking for people with initiative. They are looking for problem solvers. Your problem is your promotion.

Are you turning your problems into opportunities? Why don’t you tell me how you do it. I would love to hear from you.

Never Surrender Your Dream to Noisy Negatives

There is a time and a season for everything, and when it’s time for you to work on making your dream a reality; you shouldn’t allow any negativity from anybody to stop you.

Talk about timing. As I am writing this post, I find myself only a few days away from launching yourmindrenewed.com, and big was my amazement when I found what the topic for this week’s nugget will be. Nugget #31 in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average says “never surrender your dream to noisy negatives”.

Never Surrender Your Dream to Noisy Negatives

I’m currently also working on an article about various Christian’s and how they live successful lives by applying biblical principles in their lives. What amazes me is that just about every time when I used Google to find more information about someone, you would find someone criticizing these people as well.

One will be to outspoken, the other one to liberal, one is to rich and the next one tries to keep everybody poor in order tofile6251297827365 stay humble. These are not the exact comments I found, but they are pretty close.

Discussing this with friends a little later, a very interesting point came up. The statement was made that isn’t that maybe a sign that these people are being successful. Whenever someone becomes successful, people are very quick to start commenting on whatever that person does or say.

Yes, when people claim to be preaching from the Bible, we need to very careful. Our responsibility is made very clear in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22. It tells us to listen what these people say, but then to test it by comparing it with what God says in the Bible, and to hold on to what is good. If; (1) I find what the person says is confirmed in the Bible, and (2) the person has been living according to what he preaches for many years and he/she is living proof of that too, I suppose I have good reason to pay attention.

These are just examples I’ve used in the Christian community (especially amongst preachers). The same goes for people in any occupation. Business people must often hear that they must be lying and cheating in order to be so successful. I’m not saying that’s never the case, but we can’t make the assumption that a person must be dishonest just because he is successful in business. Athletes get tested for substance abuse as soon as they start performing above average. These practices (testing for drug abuse) are good and necessary, but people shouldn’t start making such remarks without having proof. All that is needed, is for you to voice your opinion, and within minutes the story has two or three little tails added to it and it is now spread around as fact.

Be Bold and Live Your Dream

Don’t allow the noise of negatives to rob you of your dream. Be bold, take charge and live your dream.

The only sure way to fend off criticism is to do nothing and be nothing – John L. Mason

When people start talking and there is no substance to it, the Bible has the following to say about it; “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.”

I believe that is not only a good way to determine whose advice you can follow, but it also gives you peace of mind when people start talking about you. The truth shall last forever, but the lie shall be short-lived.

Hebrews 13:6 says “So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”[b]

Besides, when people start talking about you, it means that people are paying attention to what you do and say. And believe me, most of the time it is the jealous and uninformed people who are critical and eager to voice their opinions.

It is wise to listen to good advice, but pay no attention to negative criticism. Psalm 37:3-4 says “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”.

So never surrender you dream to noisy negatives. Keep your head up high and make your dream come true.

Are you still procrastinating out of fear for criticism? If so, I hope this post has motivated you to take action. Tell me about it in the comments section below.