News From LBD
October 2016 Volume 6 Issue 10
                 Halloween and Leadership


    Recently there have been many funny, yet scary, items in the news about Clowning. You know, where young people dress up in scary clown outfits, roam the streets and then jump out and scare people. Some of these situations have been very traumatic for young children as well as adults.
    Parents, schools and law enforcement agencies are all struggling to find ways to curb the abusive side of such actions, with little success. Leo Bottary of Vistage Inc. once told a story of his daughter and a scary witch at her Day Care center.
    As the story goes, there was a Halloween party planned at the center where a witch was to appear in full costume, to entertain the children . Apparently, the witch looked a little too authentic. When the witch arrived, many of the preschoolers got scared and began to cry. The teachers were trying to reassure the class that everything was OK, but the children weren't buying it. The crying spread.

    All of a sudden Bottary's daughter jumped up with her arms held high above her head, and loudly exclaimed to the class, "She's not real! She's a fake! Don't be afraid!" Tears and fears subsided and the class settled down. This young girl provided the reassurance that the teachers could not.

    Now this isn't just a story about peer creditability; it's broader than that. It's a simple and powerful reminder that leadership isn't about power, position or even age. It's about courage, and those moments in life when people need  someone, like us, to stand up and do what needs to be done. If a preschooler can do it, why can't more of us do it?
    Such courage, to stand up and do "what's right," is leadership. Try it...it may not be as scary as you think.
                         HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

What Leaders Are Reading

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks -- In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.

Churchill on Leadership: Executive Success in the Face of Adversity by Steven F. Hayward -- Success often depends on the strength of a single quality: leadership. Winston Churchill is universally recognized as one of the 20th century's great political leaders and his words ring just as true in the world of commerce. A wise, witty, and inspiring leader, Churchill ran Great Britain like a great corporation. Churchill on Leadership demonstrates that the principles that guided Churchill ably translate to private industry today. With wit and insight, Hayward reveals Churchill's secrets for business success from assembling and inspiring a first-rate team to preparing a wise budget, from communicating a vision to structuring effective meetings, from acting decisively to rebounding from a failure. Laced with epochal events from the historical stage, enlivened with stimulating speculation, and leavened with wit, Churchill on Leadership is both an enjoyable read and a thought-provoking lesson on leadership.

Join Our Mailing List
Leadership Tip of the Month
Most men and women of great accomplishment have possessed a certain character trait called  COURAGE.
Courageous achievers, (leaders) in every generation have confronted challenges and overcome obstacles even when afraid.

However, people are not courageous for the sake of courage, and courage is not inherited. 

Courage is developed  by living a "purposeful life" committed to deeply held values and meaningful goals.
Are you courageous? Are you willing to stand up and do what's right despite hardships you may have to endure?
To do so, you must strengthen this trait by repeatedly choosing to confront thorny issues, and your own fears.

When you believe in yourself and what you stand for, others will  rally around you.

Courage will crown you with a magnetic quality that will attract support and respect of others.

Courage will make you a leader!

For additional information contact LBD.
John Branstad
John Branstad

Quote of the Month
" Courage is the first of human qualities. Courage is resistance of fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."
     Winston Churchill        
John Branstad