110 days from today …

What are you going to do?

Whatever you do, do it totally with your heart knowing that you have read, watched, and studied, all that needs to be digested. That, above all, you have studied “to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”
‭‭(2 Timothy‬ ‭2:15-16‬)

Whatever you do 110 days from today, please seriously refrain from groupthink or bandwagon effect of joining the acts or desires of the populace.

Finally, whatever you do, stop, pray, and ponder to ask yourself, will I be able to live with myself after this or will I regret having acted contrary to the truth and my heart.

I say pray because often not all that appears good are of God. I repeat, everything that looks, feel, and or sound good are not of God. Few are obvious to the naked eye, but many are discreet that will fool even the very elect (Matthew 24:24b). Be not one of those who think that God can be mocked for whatsoever we sow, we shall reap (Galatians 6:7-8).

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The frailty of humanity is that we focus on the negatives of the past and of one another and sadly forget the good of both the past and one another. Psychologists confirm that this is how our brains are hardwired and term it negativity bias. Click the links below to read more on the term:

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In 110 days from today, I implore you to focus on merits rather than the negatives and VOTE with your heart for the Truth.

You have ample time to research and digest each candidate and, of course, each proposition.. Start today so that 110 days from today, you will know what to do and will do that which you ought to have done.

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America is presently in a dire state. But there’s hope still for by His mercies, America shall not be consumed because great is His faithfulness! (Lanentations 3:22-24)

Let your voice be heard; exercise your civic right and let your vote count. No excuses. You can Vote by mail. Check out information on how to now and be ready to vote 110 days from today.


Leadership Styles: A Curation

Let’s talk about Leadership Styles!

How many leadership styles are you familiar with or have heard of? What style do you favor or lean towards?

Leadership Style

Leadership style is a process that the leader uses or favors and for which s/he is noted for by her or his followers (and staff). Leadership style can vary depending on the situation and/or objectives. Whereas the style can be dynamic, the leader’s trait/characteristics ought to be constant.

The Various Styles

  1. Authentic

“The recent Authentic Leadership approach seems to have evolved in the light of major scams and scandals, a blind race for profits and personal gains and a short term perspective, involving the CEO of top organizations. It focuses on the character of the leader as the driver of positive interrelationships. Authenticity is about “being genuine and not attempting to play a role; not acting in a manipulative way.”

  1. Autocratic or Authoritarian

Autocratic or authoritarian leadership is a leadership style characterized by individual control over all decisions and little input from group members. Autocratic or authoritarian leaders typically make choices based on their ideas and judgments and rarely accept advice (or input) from followers.”

  1. Bureaucratic

“Bureaucratic leadership is one of the leadership styles postulated by Max Weber in 1947. It is a system of management whereby employees are made to follow specific rules and lines of authority created by the superiors. In other words, these set of leaders function based on official regulations fixed by higher authorities within the organization.”

“Under bureaucratic leadership, a leader believes in structured procedures and ensure that his or her employees follow procedures exactly.”

  1. Charismatic

“Charismatic leaders are essentially very skilled communicators – individuals who are verbally eloquent, but also able to communicate to followers on a deep, emotional level. They can articulate a compelling or captivating vision, and to arouse strong emotions in followers.”

  1. Collaborative

“Collaborative leadership is the type of leadership required to get effective and efficient results across internal or external organizational boundaries. A collaborative leader invests time to build relationships, constructively handles conflicts, and share control … collaborative leadership recognizes that power is greatest in a collective team.”

  1. Contrarian (as written by USC on behalf of, and on establishing a scholarship in the author’s (Steven Sample) name)

“A contrarian leader, as defined by Sample, is one who sees situations from his/her unique point of view and who finds genuinely new solutions to the challenges facing his organization …” I read The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership book and highly recommend it. There’s a lot more to my brief curation. Of course, same applies to the other styles, but since I haven’t read the specific book titles, I cannot attest to nor recommend it 🙂

  1. Democratic

“The word democracy means “rule by the people” and it has its roots in ancient Greece where democracy, as we have come to know it today, started from. The basic idea is that the people hold the power to decide who leads them instead of someone ruling over them, such as in tyranny or oligarchy … The democratic style also referred to as participative leadership, involved the subordinates in the decision-making. The leader and the subordinates shared an equal voice with no hierarchy. Both the leader and the subordinates were equally subject to appraisal, with strong feedback structures in place.”

“Leadership is solving problems.”

Colin Powell
  1. Laissez-faire

Laissez-faire leaders allow subordinates to decide how to complete their tasks and projects, but not to make organization-wide decisions. 

  1. Relational

“Relational Leadership is defined as a relational process of people together attempting to accomplish change or make a difference to benefit the common good. This philosophy would value being ethical and inclusive. It would acknowledge the diverse talents of group members and trust the process to bring good thinking to the socially responsible changes group members agree they want to work toward. Relationships are the key to leadership.”

  1. Servant

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enrich the lives of individuals, builds better organizations, and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.”

  1. Situational

Situational Leadership® is an adaptive leadership style. This strategy encourages leaders to take stock of their team members, weigh the many variables in their workplace, and choose the leadership style that best fits their goals and circumstances.

Situational Leadership® is not based on a specific skill of the leader; instead, he or she modifies the style of management to suit the requirements of the organization.”

  1. Strategic

This is a style that encompasses all the other styles of leadership. It is visionary in mode, works to effect necessary change(s), apply and utilization of resources in means.

It is a leadership style that cannot be exhausted. There are tons of articles and books on Strategic Leadership. Find one that you like if you’re interested in learning more about this style.

  1. Transactional

“Transactional Leadership is also often known as Managerial Leadership, due to its objective focus on supervision, organization, and group performance … It is based around the simple behavioral tenet of motivators. Its main focus is on specific tasks, using rewards and punishments as incentives and motivation. When employees are successful, they are rewarded; and when they are unsuccessful, they are reprimanded … Transactional leaders view the relationship between employee and leader as an exchange. One offers the other something (e.g. a task) for something in return (e.g. a reward).”

  1. Transformational

It is a style that is utilized by leaders possessing specific traits, who look to work alongside their team members to identify change and develop the next action steps. But most importantly, they transform others – developing and empowering their followers to become leaders in and of themselves. 

Final thoughts

There are various new and emerging leadership styles out there which I will state are mostly a variant of existing ones. While some styles will remain with us forever, some will become unpopular and faze out.

Click here to take a leadership style quiz. For more ways on how to identify and develop your leadership style, I found this Harvard Business Review (HBR) article, by Matt Gavin, very helpful.

Care to share your leadership style(s), please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading.

Your Leader-ship Matters

You are a leader to someone at some place.

An organization and its staff often reflect its leader. That organization could be your home/family, school, religious place, or extra-curricular activity. You will observe that whatever values the one at the helm holds dear to him/her will be the values that trickle down through its leadership, to the staff or team members. In a business setting, the values will ultimately flow from top to the bottom of the organizational echelon until an expert is invited to train or advise the leaders of (an often necessary) change. In essence, there’s a positive correlation between the leader, leadership, and organizational culture. 

To clarify so that we’re all on the same page, the leader of an organization is its CEO or President of that organization. S/he is the one at the helm of the organization. The leadership of the organization, on the other hand, consists of all the leaders; that is, the CEO, COO, CIO, CTO, CAO, etc. We also know them as “Management.”

The leader’s style is his/her Charisma or lack thereof, The way he or she talks and connects emotionally with his/her staff; superiors, peers, and subordinates.

The leadership style is the Culture that is visible in the organization’s mission, goals, and vision. Read what Matt Fagaly has to say on this.

It is always a great feeling to enjoy one’s work/job. Why not? Because one spends a third (or longer) of one’s day at work. 

Also, when one aligns with its organization’s culture or values, one is happier and more productive. The reverse is the case when there’s a misalignment. The sooner one realizes that one is a misfit, the earlier the better for that person to start looking for new office home. Likewise, business owners employing folks who do not align with the leader (or organization’s) values and are only about the salary, will often spell DOOM.

Most of us stay too long on a job and are miserable with the resultant effect on productivity and health/wellness. Sadly, some of us don’t know (nor have learned) how not to carry these negative effects home to our loved ones.

So, knowing what values are important to you should guide you in the company you work for or the people you hire. Don’t let the high salary or charisma entice you and end up being miserable. Yay Yay Yay we live in a world that no longer holds dear (social, moral, ethical) values any longer. But for those of us who still do; I’m not judging anyone (this is a statement and an excuse that is now prevalently being used that indirectly means to “mind one’s own business”), values are important and we should align work and company to them accordingly.

If you’re looking for a job, want to change your current job, or need to hire someone, write down your top three or five qualities/values and set out for the company or person that shares those qualities/values. No compromise and no settling out of desperation till you find that company or person.

Know your leadership style

Interested in knowing your leadership style, here are a few links to help:

The Two Voices Every Leader Chases – Dr. Stephen R. Graves

The Two Voices Every Leader Chases – Dr. Stephen R. Graves
— Read on stephenrgraves.com/articles/read/the-two-voices-every-leader-chases/

Sharing another of Dr. Graves’ articles. Every leader must be able to discern these two voices; Voice of Inspiration and Voice of Instruction, amidst the daily and/or occasional confusion. Every leader must also know that God is not always in the midst of noise or everything that “seems good.”

Find your own circle (or team) of Inspiration and Instruction. In finding it, every leader must also know not to force or outstay it if it does not feel right.

Here’s to the best you (leader)! Enjoy the article and check him out as well at stephenrgraves.com.

More Is Caught Than Taught – Dr. Stephen R. Graves

More Is Caught Than Taught – Dr. Stephen R. Graves
— Read on stephenrgraves.com/articles/read/more-is-caught-than-taught/

Leadership. Leaders. Leaders and Leadership. We are all leaders in our own ways though many don’t ascribe to the title and some think that it’s humility to be titled a follower. We need both leaders and followers. As a matter of fact, every leader must be a follower or learn to follow at times; it’s a form of life balance.

The truth is that we are all one form of a leader in many ways.

I love leaders and leadership. I know that I haven’t blogged on it yet. Well, I’m sharing the first article/blog. I signed up for a webinar featuring Stephen R. Graves. It’s my first time hearing of him (I realize that there are a whole lot more great folks out there that I’m still yet to meet!) and decided to check him out before the day. This article/blog straight away caught my attention as it’s one of my favorite phrases.

The probability of leaders having like followers is higher than having dissimilar followers. Needless to say, leaders have to lead well.

Some things are taught, but many are caught. This phrase is particularly true with families. Without being specifically told, we find ourselves doing the same things we watch our parents do. We inherit their habits, styles, mannerisms, likes and dislikes, etc. My father loved to travel. When he does, we jest on how he packs like a woman because he overpacks. I realize now that I do the same; granted that I am the lady. And my daughters jest me on overpacking 😜. I justify my packing lol by responding that I do not want to buy things out there that I have at home and could have brought with me.

Guess what?! I now notice my daughters doing exactly the same! They caught my habit!

In the Bible, Elisha caught Elijah’s anointing and received a double-portion.

In essence, we ought to be mindful of all that we do because we never know who is watching!

What do you think? Leave your comments below. I hope you also learned something from Dr. Graves’ article.