What Is A Leader By F. John Reh

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At the most basic level, a leader is someone who leads other. But what makes someone a leader? What is it about being a leader that some people understand and use to their advantage? What can you do to be a leader? Here’s what you need to know and do.

A leader is a person who has a vision, a drive and a commitment to achieve that vision, and the skills to make it happen. Let’s look at each of those in detail.

The Leader’s Vision

A leader has a vision. Leaders see a problem that needs to be fixed or a goal that needs to be achieved. It may be something that no one else sees or simply something that no one else wants to tackle. Whatever it is, it is the focus of the leader’s attention and they attack it with a single-minded determination.

Whether the goal is to double the company’s annual sales, develop a product that will solve a certain problem, or start a company that can achieve the leader’s dream, the leader always has a clear target in mind. This is a big picture sort of thing, not the process improvement that reduces errors by 2% but the new manufacturing process that completely eliminates the step that caused the errors. It is the new product that makes people say “why didn’t I think of that”, not just a toaster that lets you select the degree of darkness of the toast. Edison did not set out to build a better candle, he wanted to find a whole new way to illuminate the darkness. That’s the kind of vision a leader has.

The Drive To See It Through

It is not enough to just have a vision. Lots of people see things that should be done, things that should be fixed, great step forward that could be taken. What makes leaders different is that they act. They take the steps to achieve their vision.

Is it a passion for the idea, an inner sense of drive, or some sense of commitment? Whatever it is, it is the strength that lets leaders move their vision forward despite all the obstacles, despite all the people saying it can’t be done, it’s too costly, we tried that before, or a dozen other excuses. The true leader perseveres and moves forward.

Trait And Skills A Leader Must Have

There are things that set leaders apart from other people. Some people are born with these characteristics. Others develop them as they improve as leaders. These are not magic bullets. They are things you can do and be if you want to be a leader.

Traits Of A Leader

There are as many traits of a leader as there ae lists of what makes a leader. Here are the fundamental traits of a leader from my perspective:

    • Has integrity. People have to believe that you are pursuing your dream because it’s the right thing to do, not just because you are ego driven.
    • Is a people person. Understands the differences that make people unique and is able to use those individual skills to achieve the goal.
    • Is positive. A leader encourages and rewards people and makes you want to do it and do it right. A leader is not a negative person and doesn’t waste time and effort telling everyone what they’re doing wrong.

Leadership Skills

Beyond the personal traits of a leader, there are specific skills someone must master if they want to be a leader.

    • Effective communication – it’s more than just being able to speak and write. A leader’s communication must move people to work toward the goal the leader has chosen.
    • Motivation – a leader has to be able to motivate everyone to contribute. Each of us has different “buttons”. A leader knows how to push the right buttons on everyone to make them really want to do their best to achieve the leader’s goal.
    • Planning – the leader has a plan to achieve the goal. He/she doesn’t get too bogged down in the details, that’s what managers are for, but rather uses a high level plan to keep everyone moving together toward the goal.

Bottom Line

Leaders dream dreams. They refuse to let anyone or anything get in the way of achieving those dreams. They are realistic, but unrelenting. They are polite, but insistent. The constantly and consistently drive forward toward their goal. You can be a leader. You will be – when it matters enough to you.

Company Background – LegalShield

LegalShield is one of the first companies in the United States to offer affordable legal plans to consumers and businesses It was founded as Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.in Ada, Oklahoma by Harland C. Stonecipher as a result of an automobile accident. Although Stonecipher was not at fault, his legal bills quickly mounted. While he had auto, medical and life insurance, the one safeguard he did not have was legal protection.

In 1972, Stonecipher turned his experience into a vision – a vision to make legal services accessible to millions of Americans – and a reality.

The company’s first product was designed to help middle income Americans get quality legal assistance without first having to make a financial decision. It reimbursed a portion of an individual’s legal costs in automobile related matters and was marketed solely to employee groups. However, this required members to find an attorney on their own. Many had never consulted with an attorney and had a difficult time finding lawyers who understood their needs, would return their calls in a timely manner and who were willing to work with them on the even the most minor legal matters.

LegalShield evolved its model and developed a plan that was easier to use and removed the burden from the member of finding a dependable lawyer who would treat them as one of their best clients. It also expanded its plans to offer legal services to individuals, families and small business owners.

The company changed its name to LegalShield in 2011, but its goal remains the same as it did 40 years ago – to provide outstanding legal coverage by quality law firms at an affordable price.Today the company provides legal services to more than 1.4 million families covering 3.5 million lives across North America and more than 34,000 companies offer the LegalShield plan to their employees as a voluntary or fringe benefit. LegalShield is the only national legal safeguard to provide its members with access to quality legal services from an  accomplished law firm in their state or province for legal advice and assistance no matter how trivial or serious the issue.

For a low monthly fee, LegalShield members get access to qualified attorneys who are  experts in the areas of law that most impact families and small businesses.LegalShield provides dedicated provider law firms throughout the U.S. and Canada enabling members to feel as though they have their own personal law firm to call for help without having to worry about high hourly rates. LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 49 states and four provinces in Canada. The attorneys have been with their respective law firms for an average of 19 years and have the expertise and experience to navigate members through a variety of everyday legal issues such as family matters, estate planning, financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate, benefits disputes and auto/driving issues.LegalShield firms have received more than 2.1 million calls from members in the past 12 months.

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Gold is Money, Money is Gold

For more than 2,000 years, people have owned gold for variety of reasons. Investors and collectors have sought gold as a storehouse of wealth, a proven method of passing savings to the next generation and a memorial of past civilizations and accomplishments.

Investors Buy Gold for a Variety of Reasons:

  • Gold is considered a safe haven asset
  • Gold can serve as a potential hedge against inflation and erosion of the dollar’s value
  • Gold is internationally recognized as a monetary and financial asset
  • Gold and precious metals offer the benefits of portfolio diversification

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People want more than just a piece of paper. They want the peace of mind that comes from owning physical gold they can hold in their hand. Gold has survived inflation, deflation, financial crises and natural calamities. For centuries, owning this metal has provided a storehouse of value and has helped assure a measure of wealth for future generations. That is among the reasons gold is commonly called a safe “haven” asset.

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Gold is money and money is a currency.  PAPER CASH WILL SHRINK & BURN!!!

Thus gold is a form of currency. it is accepted in 194 countries of this world.

Many people know the importance of the hedging of treasury assets in gold in recent decades has been lost. Without gold, there would be no money, because when they started to trade in gold, it was deposited in banks and evidence was obtained as a receipt for the amount of the stock. These were the first unofficial banknotes of the world. The trading of bank notes was thus born, and quickly recognized banks, such that gold deposited banknotes were playing an increasingly important role in society, and soon led the first official notes have been deposited with the gold one.

Today, the world has no more money, whose value is backed by gold. Thus, paper money is only one currency that has no real value.

The gold standard corresponded to the beginning of the 20th Century 1.504632 gram of gold = $ 1. Due to the compounding effect has been the gold standard in the following years, after the introduction, is constantly changing and in 1971 abolished entirely.

6 Top reasons to buy gold, are:

1. Gold offers protection against inflation and currency reform
2. Gold bars are global cash
3. Gold is in crisis times, a stable investment
4. Gold is and will remain unimpaired, as the limited resources and are not reproducible
5. Global demand for gold is higher than supply
6. The purchase and sale of investment gold is exempt from VAT

Thus, gold is the security for you and your family and should exist in every household as capital protection.

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Determined Thoughts

In the business world as in life, determined thoughts disperse the clouds of negative situations. A lot of negative situations are bound to come our way, especially when you are reaching for your goals.  This  can result in grief, pain and disappointment. Whenever such difficulties arise, they may feel to you as though they are insurmountable and seem to last forever. We  need to recognize that the difficulties we face are like passing clouds. We must remember that these clouds that gather around us, are only temporary – sooner or later they will fade away. Understanding that no problem lasts forever will help us develop the determination we need to work on our problems. We will then be able to face any situation with more resoluteness. Each time we are faced with these “clouds” we will become stronger and better able to deal with them with relative ease. That that does not kill us only makes us stronger.  To your success!

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Selling Is Telling

 I love to watch people. I often play a game with myself trying to guess their occupation based on their appearance, mannerisms and personality. Then, I strike up a conversation with them and ask what they do for a living. I am usually wrong, but the fun is in the playing of the game, not in being correct.

Occasionally I will meet someone that is shy and hard to strike up a conversation with. I then take it as a personal challenge to get them to open up. I lead the conversation in different directions trying to discover their hot-button. It’s like fishing. I keep casting questions until I get a bite.

I ask them about their job, family and hobbies until I hit their passion. And when I hit it, I know immediately. The tongue-tied social caterpillar transforms into social butterfly and begins talking like a politician in re-election year.

This always reinforces my belief that we all are salesmen. We all have an area in our lives where we are the experts. This area is one that we are knowledgeable and passionate enough about that we share it confidently with others.

Have you ever been cornered by a grandparent with pictures of their grandbaby? I rest my case.

There really is no such thing as a “natural born salesman.” We are all salesmen, because we all have a story to tell. Nobody can tell your story better than you, so tell it. If it is genuine, people will know it. They will be drawn to it and the opportunity that is being shared with them. The truth is always the best bait!

Are you that introvert that is uncomfortable trying to be a salesperson? Then quit trying. Simply tell others what initially excited you about Level 9. Like fishing, you won’t catch one on every cast, so keep casting. But you will eventually catch your share if you are using the right bait.

Your sincerity and passion are the best bait, not salesmanship.

Selling is telling.

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Own Your Domain

We all have dreams, but how many of us are willing do the hard work it takes to bring them to fruition?

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true, – Leon J Suenes

We know that it will be hard and their will be setbacks as there are in any aspect of life
Are you willing to do the work? If you are currently working for someone else, are you willing to put that same effort into make your personal  dreams of entrepreneurship come true? What is your plan? Have you set some short and long-term goals for your business? Have you found your niche? What about your business plan and your research? You must be sure your ready. You must continue to educate yourself and most of all never give up on your dream.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

Don’t be counted among those that gave up too soon. As for me, I’ll keep reaching for my dreams until I take my last breath!

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