Self Control Comes Down to Character

Self-control comes down to successful leadership of your own character.  Most people think of it as mastering bad habits: smoking, quarreling, drug abuse, excessive drinking.  But if you cannot control your whole self, you will never control the areas you perceive as “going wrong.”  Taking a visionary decision to reject compromise means putting your entire life under discipline.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 103

Respect Everyone, No Matter The Status

The influential leader respects everyone, no matter what their status.  It’s just good relationship management.  And it also helps prevent real skills from being overlooked.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 96

The Man Who Knows Everything Learns Nothing

Like scholarship, leadership requires openness not dogmatism.  The man who knows everything learns nothing.  Only a humble attitude sees the stage for knowledge and know-how that leads to success.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 93

What Humility Leads To

Because the humble leader makes no pretense of being self-sufficient or knowing all the answers, he draws insights from others.  Humility does not lead to the shriveling and neglect of personhood.  On the contrary, it opens the door to the expansion of personality and individuality.  Humility results in an enlargement of life because the humble person feels contentment where he is.  This means he often performs better on the job and receives more genuine advancement.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 92