Six Things Great Leaders Do Differently

Dr. Travis Bradberry

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Great leadership can be a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a hard time articulating what it is that makes their leadership so effective.

It was once rumored that Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz would run for president, but Schultz shut the idea down almost immediately. He wrote in an article:

“Despite the encouragement of others, I have no intention of entering the presidential fray. I’m not done serving at Starbucks.”

Schultz commitment to his company over the temptation of the limelight is interesting. What’s admirable is his desire to be a leader who serves.

Service isn’t just something Schulz gives lip service to in the press; his mission is to create a company where people are treated with respect and dignity, and he backs this rhetoric up with his money and time. Starbucks will spend $250 million over the next 10 years to put benefit-eligible employees through college, and Schultz wakes up every day at 4:00 a.m. to send motivational e-mails to his employees (the email he wrote yesterday asking employees to show empathy for customers who have been affected by the plummeting stock market is an interesting, recent example of this).

It’s through a leader’s actions—what he or she does and says on a daily basis—that the essence of great leadership becomes apparent.

“Dream more than others think practical. Expect more than others think possible. Care more than others think wise.” -Howard Schultz

Behavior can change, and leaders who work to improve their skills get results.

In Schultz’s case, he’s been honing his leadership craft for three decades through, among other things, the direct coaching and mentoring of leadership expert Warren Bennis at USC.

Not everyone can take on Warren Bennis as a mentor, of course, but when it comes down to it, improving your leadership skills is within your control. You just need to study what great leaders do and to incorporate these behaviors into your repertoire.

There are six critical things that great leaders do that really stand out. Any of us can do the same.

They’re kind without being weak. One of the toughest things for leaders to master is kindness. Kindness shares credit and offers enthusiastic praise for others’ work. It’s a balancing act, between being genuinely kind and not looking weak. The key to finding that balance is to recognize that true kindness is inherently strong—it’s direct and straightforward. Telling people the difficult truth they need to hear is much kinder than protecting them (or yourself) from a difficult conversation. This is weak.

True kindness also doesn’t come with expectations. Kindness is weak when you use it in a self-serving manner. Self-serving kindness is thin—people can see right through it when a kind leader has an agenda. Think of Schultz, who dedicated $250 million to employee education with no strings attached, and as soon as employees finish their degree, they are free to walk out the door. That’s true kindness.

They’re strong without being harsh. Strength is an important quality in a leader. People will wait to see if a leader is strong before they decide to follow his or her lead or not. People need courage in their leaders. They need someone who can make difficult decisions and watch over the good of the group. They need a leader who will stay the course when things get tough. People are far more likely to show strength themselves when their leader does the same.

A lot of leaders mistake domineering, controlling, and otherwise harsh behavior for strength. They think that taking control and pushing people around will somehow inspire a loyal following. Strength isn’t something you can force on people; it’s something you earn by demonstrating it time and again in the face of adversity. Only then will people trust that they should follow you.

They’re confident, without being cocky. We gravitate to confident leaders because confidence is contagious, and it helps us to believe that there are great things in store. The trick, as a leader, is to make certain your confidence doesn’t slip into arrogance and cockiness. Confidence is about passion and belief in your ability to make things happen, but when your confidence loses touch with reality, you begin to think you can do things you can’t and have done things you haven’t. Suddenly it’s all about you. This arrogance makes you lose credibility.

Great, confident leaders are still humble. They don’t allow their accomplishments and position of authority to make them feel that they’re better than anyone else. As such, they don’t hesitate to jump in and do the dirty work when needed, and they don’t ask their followers to do anything they aren’t willing to do themselves.

They stay positive, but remain realistic. Another major challenge that leaders face is finding the balance between keeping things positive and still being realistic. Think of a sailboat with three people aboard: a pessimist, an optimist, and a great leader. Everything is going smoothly until the wind suddenly sours. The pessimist throws his hands up and complains about the wind; the optimist sits back, saying that things will improve; but the great leaders says, “We can do this!” and he adjusts the sails and keeps the ship moving forward. The right combination of positivity and realism is what keeps things moving forward.

They’re role models, not preachers. Great leaders inspire trust and admiration through their actions, not just their words. Many leaders say that integrity is important to them, but great leaders walk their talk by demonstrating integrity every day. Harping on people all day long about the behavior you want to see has a tiny fraction of the impact you achieve by demonstrating that behavior yourself.

They’re willing to take a bullet for their people. The best leaders will do anything for their teams, and they have their people’s backs no matter what. They don’t try to shift blame, and they don’t avoid shame when they fail. They’re never afraid to say, “The buck stops here,” and they earn people’s trust by backing them up. Great leaders also make it clear that they welcome challenges, criticism, and viewpoints other than their own. They know that an environment where people are afraid to speak up, offer insights, and ask good questions is destined for failure.

Bringing It All Together

Great leadership is dynamic; it melds a variety of unique skills into an integrated whole. Incorporate the behaviors above into your repertoire, and you’ll see immediate improvement in your leadership skills.

Proof of the Left’s Collusion With Russia (Long piece I found interesting)

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Proof of the Russian collusion is finally making sense. As I have continuously pointed out, and even ruffled feathers of party loyalist and establishment supporters, the Alynski tactic of blaming the opposition of a wrong doing, false or not, to cover up your exact same offense, continues to go on. In fact, I have come to listen, on purpose, of any charges the left says about the right, as to know what to focus on when investigating the left. This particular issue, “the Russian collusion” charge by the left and pushed to have happen, is happening. The left even stacked the deck in the special “unbiased” independent investigation team led by Robert Mueller and focused on President Trump’s collusion with the Russians.

Now let us look at some new highlights, shall we?

Let’s start with a man by the name of Peter Strzok:

  • Peter is an FBI agent for the United States of America.
  • Peter Strzok we know is anti-Trump and pro-Hillary. We found this out by his anti-Trump texts sent to an FBI lawyer he is in a romantic relationship with.
  • This is the same Peter Strzok that was involved in the investigation of General Michael Flynn who was charged with only 1 count of lying to the FBI.
  • The same Peter Strzok that RAN the investigation on the Hillary Clinton probe and conducted her interview that was not under oath, for whatever reason.
  • Was also present during the interviews of both Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.
  • Yes, and the same Peter Strzok who changed the language of the then, FBI Director James Comey’s report on Hillary Clintons conduct from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” so it didn’t match wording in the law. Now both of those terms mean exactly the same thing, the only difference is that grossly negligent is the term used in the law and by making this change, gave Comey his corrupted justification to not charge Hillary Clinton.
  • It was Peter Strzok’s team, that was assigned to handle the now debunked “dirty dossier” that the left pushed as justification to even begin a Russian collusion investigation in the first place.
  • And it was Peter Strzok that signed the approval document on the Russian dossier.

It was the Independent investigation headed by Robert Mueller and the Department of Justice that kept this information from Congressional investigators, and refused to allow Strzok to be interviewed. Why this is not a huge conflict of interest is beyond me. In fact, in October, the Wall Street Journal’s board even said that because of these unfolding revelations, Mr. Mueller needs to stand down from this investigation for several reasons, in a titled article called: Democrats, Russians, and the FBI.

Another name we need to notice is Bruce Ohr:

  • Bruce Ohr is a top official of the Department of Justice.
  • The current Department of Justice just acknowledged that Bruce Ohr withheld information about meetings he had last year with 2 persons of interest.
  • Investigators from the house intelligence committee have uncovered that Bruce Ohr met with Christopher Steele, a former British spy, who authored the fake “Trump Dossier” with paid input from Russian sources.
  • Bruce Ohr met with Glen Simpson, founder of GPS Fusion, the opposition research firm who paid Christopher Steele with funding from the Hillary Campaign and the National Democratic Committee.
  • This “Dirty Dossier” is what Democrats and former FBI director James Comey had used and doctored up to vilify and condemn the Trump campaign with the false narrative of a Russian collusion, to cover up their own collusions with the Russians.
  • This same and now proven false dossier is what was used by the Obama administration’s FBI, to unconstitutionally spy on a private American citizen, who just happen to be their opposing party’s campaign candidate, Donald J. Trump.

Now here is the part that should make you scratch your head: both, Peter Strzok and Bruce Ohr were appointed to be on the “unbiased” Robert Mueller’s Russian investigative team.

Let that sink in a moment.  Both are very anti-Trump and both have direct connections with Russia itself.

This evidence clearly shows the average citizen, that the Obama administration’s FBI, was working with the Clinton campaign and the DNC, to pay the Russians for their input, so that a hired British spy could author a dirty dossier to be used to affect the outcome of the 2016 election, by framing and going after the Trump campaign.

So there was indeed an act of Russian collusion from an American candidate, by using unconstitutional means, to affect the outcome of our American presidential election, however, the guilty party in NOT Donald J. Trump, but Hillary Rodam Clinton, her campaign and the Democratic National Committee. As time goes on, I am sure, it will point out that other high-ranking members of the FBI, the Attorney General’s office, and others within the Obama administration will be found just as guilty.

All of these, are dirty tactics, that are Politically Motivated and unconstitutionally implemented to achieve the objective of all those mentioned.You can find my resources for this by watching the congressional hearings that grilled the current FBI director Mr. Wray, which took place last week and are continuing this week.

I will not be surprised at all to find that some progressive Republicans will be at fault in this fiasco as well, such as, Senator McCain, for example, but for now we will just have to wait and see. As for all of this blatant, in your face evidence of the left’s collusion with the Russians, it should demand an apology for all those involved in the Trump campaign, and start prosecuting the real guilty parties in this treasonous situation. We the People need to open our eyes and stand up and defend that which our elected officials keep failing to do, our Constitution. We are losing our Republic, but we have this oligarchy on the ropes, and we need to knock it out.

Christian Teacher and Pastor Suspended for ‘Misgendering’ Transgender Student Sues School for Religious Discrimination

A Christian teacher and pastor suspended for ‘misgendering’ a transgender student is suing his school for religious discrimination and said his case reflects ‘an increasing trend of Christians being marginalized in the public square.’

Source: Christian Teacher and Pastor Suspended for ‘Misgendering’ Transgender Student Sues School for Religious Discrimination