Nan S. Russell
Author & Speaker

All posts in January, 2013

Photo - mklAs a colleague of Nan’s I sometimes post about titleless leaders.

This week, I was acutely aware of a great titlesless leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. So, in his honor I thought I’d share a few of Martin Luther King’s inspiring quotes with you. I hope you enjoy them.

  • “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr; A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Leadership, Tips 

One of the reasons titleless leaders get results where others don’t is because they’re self-aware. They cultivate an inner skill of standing back and considering how their thoughts, words, and actions impact others, and themselves.

Man Using LaptopWant to increase your skill of self-awareness? Try asking yourself questions like these:

  1. Ben Franklin’s evening question, “What good have I done today?”
  2. Before telling a workplace tale, consider if your intention is positive or negative by asking, “Why am I telling this story, anyway?”
  3. When asked to serve on a committee or attend a meeting consider, “How can I contribute here? What skills do I bring? How can I help?”
  4. Before getting angry, frustrated, or escalating a situation ask “In the scheme of things, will this matter? In a week, six months, a year?” (continue reading →)