I’ve written on the topic of leadership before. I’ve been thinking more lately about what makes on effective leader.
Is it their work ethic? Is it how they communicate… or how they delegate?
Dictionary.com defines a leader as:
1. a person or thing that leads.
2. a guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group.
That seems a little too formal for me. I like how John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, described a leader. He said:
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Whether it’s in our homes, at work, or in our communities we all can be leaders.
Who is the best leader you’ve known?
Growing up we never had to go to a zoo to see interesting animals. We just went to Grandpa’s house. One of his hobbies was caring for exotic animals.
Some of my Grandpa’s animals included a brown bear, a black bear, deer, elk, peacocks, zebras, and a small herd of buffalo.
I remember bottle feeding baby fawns and feeding buffalo handfuls of grass through the fence.
Recently I got to share some of those memories with my girls as we drove through our local wildlife refuge. Seeing the herd of buffalo grazing on the prairie was neat. We even spotted a few elk.
I feel fortunate to live so close to such a cool place. Whenever I want to relive those memories all I need to do is take a short drive.
Here’s a picture of me walking one of my Grandpa’s bears in a 4th of July Parade. I was 7 at the time.
What’s your favorite animal?
Have you ever come across a book or a tip where you went, “I wish I would have had this years ago”?
That’s how I felt about the book “Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money” by Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze.
At Twelve chapters and less than 250 pages it’s a quick read. Even for a slow reader like myself.
It’s well worth reading too! You get a daughter and a father’s perspective on many different topics relating to money including working, spending, saving, and giving. There’s also valuable info on budgeting and debt.
My wife and I have put many of the ideas in the book into use in our home and are seeing positive results. Our kids no longer get an allowance. They get a paycheck… the size of which directly relates to the quantity and quality of the age appropriate work they do.
This book isn’t just for parents of young children. There is a chapter on college. Planning in advance to get through to graduation debt free.
There is also an entertaining father and daughter discussion about planning and paying for weddings… something I’m going to have to tackle many, many, years from now.
Perhaps my favorite chapter in the book is the one on “contentment”. It’s worth the price of the book alone and a chapter that would do anyone some good. The more content you are with what you already have the less likely you are to make impulsive decisions that could drive you into debt.
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle… this is one book that you’ll want to read. After you do you’ll want to share it with a friend. If they follow the principles in the book they’ll thank you!
Have you read this book? I’d be curious to know what you thought about it.
If you’re interested you can read more about this book and buy it from Amazon here.