The 5 Pillars of Leadership
Are you ready to find out what the five pillars of leadership are? Even more, are you excited to apply each principle to your life and see positive results?
In the opening pages of this book there is a letter written to Paul J. Meyer by former President George Bush, dated January 13, 1998.
George Bush expresses his gratitude to Paul. George Bush is excited because he knows what the authors stands for. The former president is happy that Paul motivates people through these leadership principles.
Any time you get an endorsement from a president you know you have a book on your hands. One that will change the way leadership is approached. Click the link to check out a podcast.
The second edition of, “The 5 Pillars of Leadership,” published in 2002 by Paul J. Meyer and Randy Slechta. I will take you through the book chapter by chapter and highlight key leadership points that are stated by the two authors.
How to bridge the leadership Gap – 2nd Edition
The information provided will change the way you look at leadership at work and with your family.
Chapter 01 – Where Effective Leadership Begins
- We will depend upon leaders at every level to chart a course toward a brighter, more positive world.
- We made decisions that will continue to mold and shape our world for generations to come.
- If man’s problems are to be solved by man, effective leadership must lead the way.
- Who has the courage to step forward, accept change and begin helping others transform themselves.
- Leadership is achieving specific, beneficial results through people.
- First be willing to embark on this journey toward change. If you are willing, you can have it all!
Chapter 02 – The 3 Foundational Elements to Leadership
- Three core values: Integrity, a servant’s heart, and stewardship.
- Leaders who possess a servant’s heart are givers rather than takers.
- Success must include service or others.
- Leaders who are servants develop a sense of responsibility.
- Effective leaders form attitude partnerships by demonstrating empathy and concern for team members.
Chapter 03 – Building a Bridge on the 5 Pillars of Leadership
- Developing a mission, vision and purpose for yourself and your team is critically important.
- A written plan for achieving your own personal goals also contributes to your effectiveness by conserving time and energy.
- Change a deadline without abandoning the goal.
- A burning passion for achievement marks the difference between a real goal and a mere wish.
- Develop a genuine, driving passion for the achievement of personal and team goals.
- Develop supreme confidence in yourselves and in your ability to achieve.
- Begin to act as you will act when the goal is reached.
- The greatest motivator of all is belief.
Chapter 04 – The First Pillar: Crystallized Thinking
- Knowing yourself and where you want to go also involves some degree of decision making.
- You have to know exactly where you are before you can begin taking steps forward.
- The greater the impact, the greater the willingness to contribute to the overall effort.
- “Why am I doing what I’m doing?”
- In quite moments of solitude, leaders renew their strength.
Chapter 05 – The Second Pillar: Plan & Balance
- Written plans are essential if you intend to push your goals beyond the realm of daydreaming.
- Focus on achieving your full potential as an individual.
- Efficient and effective leaders look for ways to make paths and human potential intersects.
- A goal : Written down and specific. Your own personal goal. Written in a positive. statement. Must be realistic and attainable. Should include personality changes.
- Goals must be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Tangible.
Chapter 06 – The Third Pillar: Passion & Desire
- Your burning desire to achieve is the force that motivates you to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
- Talent creates its own opportunities.
- To foster desire and passion in team members, remind them to focus on positive personal development.
Chapter 07 – The Fourth Pillar: Confidence & Trust
- Great leaders are where they are and who they are because of the dominating thoughts that occupy their minds.
- Make every effort to offer trust to virtually every member of your organization.
- Thinking and talking in terms of “we” or “us,” not just “me” or “I,” is a good start.
- Knowledge and intelligence are acquired through a process involving curiosity and interest.
- Attitudes come form your thoughts.
- Attitudes cannot be altered without first changing the underlying values.
- Needs give birth to other needs in a never-ending cycle of progress, growth and change.
Chapter 08 – The Fifth Pillar: Commitment & Responsibility
- Don’t Quit! Quitting is the #1 reason why people fail to reach a particular objective or to achieve a meaningful goal.
- Desire is a jealous suitor; it leaves no room for thoughts and quitting.
- Persistence makes the difference over time between winning and losing, between success and failure.
- When you face adversity, determined to conquer and overcome it, you are literally forced to use more of your full potential for achievement.
- Instead of giving in, develop a plan or handling the problem.
- Without courage, leaders take no risks.
- As a leader choose to accept personal responsibility for what happens to you and your colleagues.
Chapter 09 – Leadership at the Crossroads
- People resist change for two reasons. First, change is uncomfortable, and second, change threatens the status quo.
- Continual stress robs work of its pure joy
- Your language and behavior reflect your attitude that stress is a challenge and an opportunity.
Chapter 10 – How to Bridge the Leadership Gap
- Success is a balancing act.
- Your job is to teach, coach, and encourage team members to develop their innate potential for achievement.
- You will find that the attitudes of your team members toward training and performance improvement mirror your own attitudes.
- If someone is missing goals or making poor decisions, the best leaders choose to coach rather than criticize.
The 5 Pillars of Leadership, is a great book for anyone looking for a step by step plan on how develop leadership skills or improve upon the skills they currently have. This is one of those books which make a great reference when you are looking to develop goals and review the ones you currently have.
On purpose, I left out so many points that touch on Financial, Physical, Family, Education, Spiritual and Social life. There is so much information the book should be read many times. This will allow you to understand and applied all the principles when your are ready.
In the book you will also find quotes from great leaders in the industry. As you read the chapters on Pillar 1 to 5 they include charts to help explain each pillar so it is understandable to everyone. All the chapters are laid out simple and easy, so you can achieve the goals you want.
In the appendix of the book there are many questions that you can answer which will help you set goals on leadership and help you achieve the goals your want. Are you looking to achieve high levels of leadership? Then this book is for you.
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