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Contest: Giving Away Leadership

What better way to get back in the saddle of accomplishment than with a giveaway?

Chick-Fil-A and Character Counts in Iowa are sponsoring a Leadercast on Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines.  It features leadership powerhouses Seth Godin, Sir Ken Robinson (a personal favorite), and John Maxwell, among many others. This is going to be an amazing day of leadership, and it can all be yours for just $99 (which includes lunch).

But here's where the fun part comes in: My good friend, Drew McLellan, has given me two tickets to GIVE AWAY to my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment (with your name) on this post about what leadership is NOT. You don't have to be wordy about it; just describe one thing that "boss people" do that isn't really leadership at all. All comments received by midnight will be put into the drawing for the two tickets (so you can bring a friend).

Let's have some fun with this. I can't wait to read your comments.

On another note: I cannot thank you enough for your patience, support, and encouragement over the past several months. Mom had a fitting memorial service, and it was nice to reconnect with so many family and friends (even though the circumstances weren't the most pleasant).

Now... are you ready to carpe factum with me again?



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Peter Tubbs

Leadership is NOT- scheduling a conference call for 4:30 on Friday. The boss will be calling from his boat. Everyone else has to be in the office.

Michael Demastus

(For church leaders) spending time policing people and not pastoring them.

Brooke Benschoter

Taking roll at 8:05 a.m. and again at 5:05 p.m. is not a leadership quality though many bosses think it is.

Andrew B. Clark

"BOSS" is the issue... Leadership requires less bossing and more leading. Captains, Commanders, Rulers and the like neglect the fact that a teams are created by people in a common mission. A TRUE leader provides the path and encoragement for a successful team.


Leadership is NOT managing. Over the years I have taken many classes/seminars, read many books, been trained by the Army as an officer - all under the guise of "leadership"; only to eventually learn and understand that most of what I learned was actually "management". Managing systems, processes, logistics, people, and/or stuff does NOT equal leadership. Being the "boss" does NOT equal leadership. The power over someone's paycheck does NOT equal leadership.

Leaders have followers. A leader without followers is just a guy out for a walk (Finding a parade and getting in front of it doesn't count). People "follow" for many reasons, but mostly they believe in the "cause" (reason/direction/vision), or they believe in the leader; maybe both. Leadership is about character, influence, direction and velocity. You don't choose to lead; you choose to become. The followers appear as the leader becomes.

Phil Cox

Leadership is not fearful of accountability.

Susan Tiemens

I believe one thing bosses do that is not leadership is NOT leading by example. I believe bosses MUST NOT follow the saying "Do as I say, not as I do." They must lead by example. Workers do as they are lead by example.

Ms Admin

Leadership is NOT pushing from the back of the pack; shooting the wounded and humiliating the survivors. Wish I'd be here to take advantage of the seminar. Glad you're back.

Maury Miller

Leadership is not magically bestowed on a person when they receive stripes/bars/stars/titles by others with similar designators or titles. Leadership is “Telling your people to follow you to hell in such a way that they actually want to go!” It is not sitting back and saying "Y'all have a good trip, I will see you if you get back"

Timothy Johnson

And the winner is... Michael Demastus... sorry for the delay, needed my little Vanna's to help draw the winner.

Dr. Delaney Kirk

I would so have won this if I were in Des Moines...just saying.

Michael Demastus

Yeah baby!

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