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GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
It isn't easy, being the head honcho.
Whether you are charged with running a multi-million dollar company or caring for someone's children for five hours. Whether you must lead a staff of four servers through the dinner rush or keep an office building safe ... or clean.
Whether you have the duty of chaperoning the boy scout troop at camp for a week or are obliged to transport precious cargo across the country.
Whether you are a CEO or a stay-at-home parent ... whoever you are and whatever your job, being accountable for the safety, success, health and/or well-being of a task, a team or one very tiny newborn baby is an honor, privilege and responsibility not to be taken lightly.
Want to know the secret sauce of being a good leader? CARING ABOUT THE PEOPLE and/or PROJECT. You gotta have heart. That's it; voila.
Sure, you need a great many other things, as well. Yes, there are a myriad of organizational, strategic and competence factors involved with being a good leader; but those are assumed -- or you should not have been placed in a supervisory role in the first place.
No, the real trick to being a great boss ...or executive or officer or manager or director or guide or parent... is to care deeply about the cause, the mission, the clients and most importantly, about the members of the team. If you don't focus on that last group predominantly, not much else you do will really matter in the end.
Treat your peeps well; mentor them attentively; respect and empower them; correct them compassionately (but sternly when necessary) and be the role model they should emulate.
And donuts. Every once in a while, spring for some donuts, ya dig?
Ps 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7 - R. (see 7) In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice. I love you, O LORD, my strength, O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold! Praised be the LORD, I exclaim, and I am safe from my enemies. The breakers of death surged round about me,the destroying floods overwhelmed me; The cords of the nether world enmeshed me, the snares of death overtook me. In my distress I called upon the LORD and cried out to my God; From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. Verse Before the Gospel See Jn 6:63c, 68c - Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.