A Lesson from Barak and Deborah – Leadership – part 3 of 5

  I’m gonna start off with a little story that I got from the John Maxwell Leadership Bible. Thousands of years ago, there was a military commander of the northern tribes of Israel whose name was Barak. At that time, there was also a female leader in Israel and her name was Deborah. This was unusual, because thousands of years ago, there weren’t many women who rose to leadership positions. Well, Barak was suppose to lead his army into battle, and he said to Deborah, “If you will go with me, then I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go!” And here’s the point that I wanna make: People follow men and women whose leadership they respect. Barak respected Deborah, even though she was a woman, and at that time in history and in his culture, women weren’t generally looked at as leaders. And if Deborah could earn Barak’s respect, then you don’t have any excuse when it comes to leading or setting an example or becoming all that you can become! And one of the best ways to grow is to teach others. Make it your goal to be a flowing stream, not a stagnant pond. Be like a river, not like the Dead Sea. When it comes to the Dead Sea, everything flows into it, but nothing flows out. Become someone who adds value to others. One of the most important things you can ask others is, “What can I do to help you become more successful?” If you wanna be a leader, then make it a habit to teach or train something to someone every single day. It doesn’t have to be long. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as teaching a child how to hold a fork. It can be as easy as teaching a first grader how to read a particular word. If necessary, start small. If you have young children, start with them. If you don’t have young children, borrow somebody else’s. Whatever you do, figure out how to add value to others. It’s been said that leadership is the art of helping people change from who they’re thought to be to who they ought to be. I’m gonna guess that you add value to others, because that’s what winners do and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!  
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Full Transcript: Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for this Golden Nugget is “Leadership”, and this is part 3 of 5. I’m gonna start off with a little story that I got from the John Maxwell Leadership Bible. Thousands of years ago, there was a military commander of the northern tribes of Israel whose name was Barak. At that time, there was also a female leader in Israel and her name was Deborah. This was unusual, because thousands of years ago, there weren’t many women who rose to leadership positions. Well, Barak was suppose to lead his army into battle, and he said to Deborah, “If you will go with me, then I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go!” And here’s the point that I wanna make: People follow men and women whose leadership they respect. Barak respected Deborah, even though she was a woman, and at that time in history and in his culture, women weren’t generally looked at as leaders. And if Deborah could earn Barak’s respect, then you don’t have any excuse when it comes to leading or setting an example or becoming all that you can become! And one of the best ways to grow is to teach others. Make it your goal to be a flowing stream, not a stagnant pond. Be like a river, not like the Dead Sea. When it comes to the Dead Sea, everything flows into it, but nothing flows out. Become someone who adds value to others. One of the most important things you can ask others is, “What can I do to help you become more successful?” If you wanna be a leader, then make it a habit to teach or train something to someone every single day. It doesn’t have to be long. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as teaching a child how to hold a fork. It can be as easy as teaching a first grader how to read a particular word. If necessary, start small. If you have young children, start with them. If you don’t have young children, borrow somebody else’s. Whatever you do, figure out how to add value to others. It’s been said that leadership is the art of helping people change from who they’re thought to be to who they ought to be. I’m gonna guess that you add value to others, because that’s what winners do and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner! Thank you for listening to this Golden Nugget by Don Howe. To learn more about Don’s free sales success system or to have a free success audio like this one sent to you each week day, please visit DonHoweSuccess.com. That’s D O N H O W E S U C C E S S .com
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