TODAY'S THEME: Living as a Leader
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Our current generation is so hungry for meaning and direction,
for spiritual nourishment, that each of us must serve as a leader.
Whatever you have learned, whatever you have been touched by,
you must share it with others. You cannot waste time wondering
if you are truly equipped to help your fellow man. When some-
one is drowning, you don't take a life-saving course --
you jump in the water and save a life.

So examine the areas in your life where people look to you as a
leader -- within your family, in your class at school, at work or
at play. Ask yourself: Are you doing everything you can to
influence them positively? Are you helping them live up to their
true potential, so they can become leaders in their own right?

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


The traits of the true commander are: wisdom, humanity, respect,
integrity, courage, and dignity. With his wisdom he humbles the
enemy, with his humanity he draws people near to him, with his
respect he recruits men of talent and character, with his integrity
he makes good on his rewards, with his courage he raises the
morale of his men, and with his dignity he unifies his command.

Excerpted from "Sun-Tzu: The Art of Warfare,"
by Sun Wu (544-496 BC)
Chinese general and author of the most widely-read military book of all time
Translated by Roger Ames, Ballentine Books, 1993

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy...

Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
Founder of the Order of Friars Minor


A true leader does not seek followers; he wants to teach others
how to be leaders. He does not want control, he wants the truth.
He does not impose his leadership on others, nor does he take away
anyone's autonomy. He inspires by love, not coercion. When it comes
time to take credit, he makes himself invisible; but he is the first to arrive at
the time of need, and he will never shrink away in fear. He is so passion-
ate about your welfare that when you consult him for guidance, it is
like coming face to face with yourself for the first time.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002

When you understand other positions and points
of view, several wonderful things begin to
happen. First, you often learn something new.
Second, when the person you are talking to feels
listened to, he or she will appreciate and respect
you far more than when you habitually jump in with
your own position. Jumping in only makes him or her
more determined and defensive. Almost always, if
you are softer, the other person will be softer too.
By seeking first to understand, you are putting your
love and respect for the person to whom you speaking
above your need to be right. You are practicing a
form of unconditional love...By being the first
person to reach out and listen, you stop
the spiral of stubbornness.

Excerpted from "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...
and it's all small stuff,"
by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Hyperion, 1997


And now, the Last Word:

One leader creates another and another,
ad infinitum, just as one candle's flame
lights another and another, until the
once impenetrable darkness has
turned to brilliant light.

From "Toward a Meaningful Life,"
by Simon Jacobson






























Bonus quote:

      One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm, a mother was
tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he
asked with a tremor in his voice, "Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?"

The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. "I can't, dear,"
she said. "I have to sleep with your daddy."

A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: "The big sissy."

From "Perfect Illustrations"
Tyndale House Publishers, 2002


On today's
Home Page:

Rebbe Schneerson;
Simon Jacobson;
St. Francis of Assisi;
Dr. Richard Carlson


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