I have been bombarded on the subject of Leadership over the past week. It started when a friend of mine gave me a really good book on the subject. Gorgeous went to a leadership conference this week and came back with her mind overflowing with ideas and possibilities. And she signed the two of us up for another conference put on by one of the speakers a couple months down the road. Then to top it all off the message we heard at church yesterday was on the subject.
It’s a good subject to be concentrating on because everyone is a leader in some way. Whether it is at home in their families, out in the work place, or in their neighborhoods everyone has some level influence and is in fact leading someone somewhere.
The single juiciest nugget I’ve gotten out of all this so far was in our pastor’s message yesterday when he shared his definition of success.
Success is having those closest to me respect me the most.
That’s a really good definition. The people who are closest to us see us more clearly than anyone else. We can fool someone we meet in a business meeting, or the guys in the office, or even (especially?) the folks at church.
But our family and those closest to us see the real us, warts and all. If they respect you in spite of those bumps and warts then you truly are successful, regardless of how others might see you.
How about you, are you successful?
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