True Leadership: Making a Difference – November 2006
By Sean Wolfington
Leadership involves empowering and equipping colleagues with a solid foundation of virtues to handle life’s challenges.
But as with any effective development program designed to bring about a desirable and lasting result, it starts with a vision and comes to fruition through steady and continuing progression.
I remember discovering the news that a friend was suffering from an addiction and had reached the point of realizing that his life was out of control, and he needed help. He informed me that he had found a group of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that, together, they may solve their common problem and lead others to recovery.
Out of my concern for him, and a little curiosity, I probed into the resource from which he was seeking guidance. To my surprise, I discovered an organization with tremendous results-based success, managed by a courageous group of true leaders who have dedicated their lives to the service and common welfare of people in need. The organization’s core values and beliefs provide poignant illustrations for building leadership qualities and can be translated into a blueprint for personal development for all of us.
Twelve Principles for Personal Development
1. Realize that there are areas in your life that are out of your control.
2. Believe there is a Power greater than you.
3. Surrender your will to the care of your Creator, as you understand Him.
4. Take a thorough and fearless moral inventory.
5. Admit to yourself and to another person the exact nature of your flaws.
6. Humbly ask God, as you understand Him, to remove your shortcomings.
7. Be entirely open to the merciful and miraculous removal of defects of character.
8. Make a list of all persons you have offended, and be willing to make amends.
9. Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, unless to do so would cause harm to them or others.
10. Continue to take personal inventory and when wrong, promptly admit it.
11. Seek, through prayer and meditation, to improve your conscious contact with God, as you understand Him, praying for knowledge of His will and for the courage and strength to fulfill it.
12. Practice these principles in all aspects of still suffer, empowering them to become life. future leaders. That’s making a difference in the world, one life at a time. What awesome roles of leadership these anonymous individuals have become for
Sean Wolfington is the general manager of BZResults.com, an ADP Company. He can be contacted at 866.802.5753, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.