Abundance

2 Feb

Abundance is a great word and an even better mindset. Preparing for Session Two of the Stelos Alliance’s Housley Principled Leadership Program is providing me with the opportunity to relearn some timeless lessons and reassess my approach to leadership.

This session is titled, “The Attributes of Effective Leadership” and covers a lot of ground including proactivity, integrity, empathy, prioritization, interdependence, and understanding your personal mission. These are all important characteristics of a good leader; however, I believe that the most important is the attitude of abundance.

Those that believe that life is a zero-sum game are limiting not only their leadership effectiveness, but also their success. An abundance mentality creates a framework for human interaction. Seeking alternative solutions that create a “win” for all parties is hard work that requires both empathy and creativity.

This is not about being “nice” or compromising your principles. It is not about settling or giving in. It is about balancing courage and toughness with consideration and understanding. You can’t do that if you think that someone else has to lose in order for you to win. There is enough pie for everybody and by working together we can find a way to make it bigger…and it will probably taste better.

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  1. HPLP – Session Two Dispatch « Stelos Blog - February 6, 2012

    […] Session Two of the 2012 Housley Principled Leadership Program at Texas State University was a great time. The discussion on individual responsibility (response – ability) really helped solidify some of Stephen Covey’s ideas on being proactive. We shared mission statements, work-shopped how to prioritize our time and talked about the abundance mentality (read Bill Poston’s thoughts about leading and living with the abundance mentality here). […]

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