The beginning of the year is a great time to take a look at your purpose or vision statement.  What?  You don’t have a vision statement?  Then how do you know if you are on course if you aren’t clear on what you stand for as a leader? 

There is an interesting article by leadership coach John M. McKee entitled “Best leaders know what they stand for”.  He explores the age old question of why some leaders make more effective bosses than others. 

Hundreds of books have been written about how to be a great leader but John M. McKee feels one in particular seems to have some of the answers. He refers to a book written by Roy M. Spence called "It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For:  Why Every Extraordinary Business Is Driven by Purpose."

I have just started reading the book but according to McKee, the key message is this:  Even though many leaders may “know” what should be done, in practice they don’t “walk the talk”. 

I find this very interesting…and sad.  No wonder the business world is in the shape it is!

What about you?  Do you know where you are going and what you stand for?  If not, how do you expect others to follow your lead?  How do you expect to have an effective team, united together and working toward the same end? 

“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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