The Art of Self Leadership
Face to Face Meeting Dates and Online Posting Deadlines
Fall 2012-Spring 2013 Schedule
Opening Session September 27, MSU 218
The Iceberg: October 4, MSU 250
The iceberg represents your leadership. The 10% above the water is your skill. The 90% below the water is your character. It's what's below the surface that sinks the ship.
The Starving Baker: October 11, MSU 250
This is a common hazard for leaders. It's the baker who spends so much time baking bread for others he forgets to eat and starves himself. Leaders must feed themselves for personal growth.
The Golden Buddha: October 18, MSU 250
Leaders cannot perform well if they fail to see the gold inside of them. Good leaders take personal inventory of their natural abilities. This shapes their self-image and consequently, their results.
Thermostat vs Thermometer: October 25, MSU 250
People are either thermometers or thermostats. They will merely reflect the climate around them or they will set it. Leaders develop values and principles to live by and set the tone for others.
The Fun House Mirror: November 1, MSU 250
Carnivals often have mirrors that distort how we really look. Poor leaders do this, pretending, or posing to be better than they really are. Our character is the true reflection of who we are.
The Oversized Gift: November 8, MSU 250
Leaders are often gifted. They can begin to depend on their natural talents (gifts) for success, to the neglect of their character. Leaders sabotage themselves when their gift is bigger than they are.
Personal Laptop & Recognition Ceremony: November 15, MSU 250
Our minds work like a computer. They only spit out the data they have been fed. Garbage in, garbage out. Leaders are disciplined about what they invest in their mind and heart.
Pop Quiz: February 7, MSU 250
Leaders experience tests as they mature. These tests range from motive checks, to authority tests, to integrity checks. They reveal the leader's potential and maturity and are a pathway to progress.
Emotional Fuel: February 14, MSU 250
A leader's future is shaped by the people closest to him or her. A leader's personal network is one's emotional fuel: his models, heroes, mentors, inner-circle, and accountability partners.
Opportunity Statue: February 21, MSU 250
Leaders manage opportunities. Everyone has 86,400 seconds each day to use or abuse. Opportunity is a statue with hair in front, but bald in the back-you can't grab it once it is gone.
Discipline Bridge: February 28, MSU 250
Leaders don't build character without crossing the bridge of discipline. Personal discipline is like a bridge that crosses from where you are to where you want to be. It gets you where you
want to go.
The Half-Hearted Fighter Pilot: March 7, MSU 250
Fighter pilots are only useful if they are committed to their mission. Leaders are the same way. You cannot have involvement without commitment and be effective. It goes with the territory.
Drivers vs. Passengers: March 28, MSU 250
When life goes bad, people tend to blame someone else for their problems. They act like passengers. Leaders realize they are drivers and are responsible for their attitudes and destination in life.
Recognition Ceremony: April 4, MSU 250