Great leaders make great choices and they make these choices based not just on brainpower and experience.
They have principles in which they believe and adhere to even in the midst of crisis.
These principles are a solid footing when everything around them is shaking and confusing.
Here is a short list of 7 key Principles for Principle Based Leadership with brief explanations (fuller understanding can be gained going through the L4L Leadership Curriculum.):
Thoughts need to lead feeling before action is taken. This leads 100% to better choices! In crisis situations this means facts will outweigh fear when making decisions.
2. Plan not React
Strategic thinking put the future in focus. You can not do much about the past except learn lessons. You can change the future! Who wouldn’t want to do that; instead of letting the future change and control you?
3. Survive then Flourish
Business is about the survival of the fittest. Recessions, disasters, crisis all weed out the weaker players in every industry niche. When the sun comes out, those left enjoy surprising positive results due to reduced competition.
4. Balance the 5 F’s
Faith; Family; Finances; Fitness and Fun are amazingly integrated. Weakness in any area can wreak havoc in the others.
5. Know the Heroes of Your Stories
Successful business leaders know they are the Yoda (the helper) to the Luke Skywalker (the customer) in their business story. The same is true in the other 2 other areas in a balanced life: Faith & Family. When it comes to Fitness and Fun, the hero shift to YOU.
6. Sowing & Reaping
There is a basic law of the Universe; you sow and then you reap. If you sow bad choices, pride, selfishness, etc. the reaping will take a big negative toll. On the other hand when you sow blessings, love, empathy, wisdom, service the reaping will follow in kind. Sometimes we will see negative reaping while we start positive sowing because the law says reaping follow sowing.
Everyone has seen the compound interest tables with low returns early then a hockey stick curve building after many years. Compounding is another immutable law of the Universe. Sow positive things for years and be consistent and reaping will follow the hockey Stick curve. But you say why is there so much pain in the world? There are many more people sowing negative and few sustain positive sowing over long frames that the deck can be stacked on the negative side- but…. With a long term perspective, even when positive reaping is being overshadowed, I firmly believe in a God who has eternity in His hands and the hockey Curve will extend forever forward.