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So what does hearing Gods voice, followed by a sermon, then discovering a need, reding a scripture and bearing bells have to do with entrepreneurship?  …

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The Six Leadership Styles plus 1

Business school leadership courses teach the six leadership styles: Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting and Commanding. This has been the norm ever since Daniel Goleman (widely known as the father of Emotional Intelligence) published these six traits in his bestseller, “Primal Leadership”.

Let’s take a closer look at the six:

  • Visionary-sees the big picture (positive)
  • Coaching-helps people reach their goals (positive)
  • Affiliative-a connector of people (positive)
  • Democratic-works with people sharing value and input (positive)
  • Pacesetting-hits the ground running with or without input from others (negative)
  • Commanding-gives clear directions and can abuse power (negative)

I would like to add a seventh style: Servant Leadership. This trait was coined by Robert Greenleaf in 1970 and is generally discussed outside of the six, if at all. Simply put; “Great Leaders are Servants first.” – Robert Greenleaf. 

Let’s take a closer look at the plus1:

  • Making things happen; all the time (positive)
  • Empowering followers (positive)
  • Focus on work, not credit (positive)
  • It allows you to relate to others through empathy, open communication and new ideas (positive)
  • Being acutely aware, the impact is amazing (positive)
  • Following  up “staying connected” (positive)

Although the six can crossover into Servant Leadership, in my experience teaching leadership, speaking before groups and in talking with leaders from a variety of backgrounds, there seems to be universal agreement among those who practice this philosophy that it is the best way to lead.

Serve first!

Tony Mann is Faculty Lecturer of Graduate Business and  holds an MBA from Aurora University. He also speaks to a variety of groups on the topic of Servant Leadership for business and self ( and can be contacted at Aurora University (

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Down and out…

Three guys on a corner with nowhere to go. Hey, here are two McDonalds cards, enjoy. Thanks buddy and God bless, but why are you doing this? Because it just feels good. Servant Leadership is a natural feeling of wanting to serve, to serve first. I can taste the fries!

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The green bag challenge…


For the next 40 days I challenge you to do one act of random kindness each day. What’s in your bag and how will you simply make others and yourself feel good?


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1 Resume Idea…

If you don’t have resume overload, please let me know what remote island you are living on! We are bombarded 24/7 with endless ideas on how to write a resume, how to get it read, what words you must have, how many pages, who is reading it along with another 800,000 do’s and don’ts.

So here is 800,001. One paragraph that has the reader imagining along with you, how good it would feel if you could make their life easier, followed by a link to your always current LinkedIn page.

See if this works for you!




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Looking back equals moving forward…

Mike Ditka said living in the past is for cowards and losers.

As we begin 2013 the simplicity of this statement now makes sense. In order to truly move forward I have decided to get rid of the clutter in my life that is holding me back.

Let’s start with getting over the loss of a job which in itself can be a life changing experience as many of you know. Having ridden the roller coaster of emotions from shock, disbelief, anger, denial and blaming others to name a few, wallowing in the past goes to the wisdom of Da Coach as self-pity will get you nowhere. I’m not saying it doesn’t make you feel good at first, because it does. It’s a natural response of being human, something I believe that resonates with all of us.

I realized at some point that my talents, uniqueness, personality, values, relationships and aspirations should not and will not be controlled by others, especially those that live in their own shadow.

Looking back we have all experienced highs and lows in 2012 and we each need to deal with them in our own way. The lows make us stronger and put our problems in perspective; embrace them. The highs give us hope and opportunity; keep moving higher.

At the end of the day if you can look in the mirror and say I am happy, healthy, a loving person and a valued friend serving the needs of others and look to the past with a smile, then 2013 will be a fantastic journey.

Yes, you must look back to move forward, just don’t stay there too long.

Stay focused,


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Leadership and the pencil cup

Tall, short, plain, bold, new or broken; these are leaders. They engage or not, they empower or control. Their followers can be sharp, dull, odd, but always ready to be used. It’s how the leader sees the people in the cup, all the while using the eraser and the sharpener.


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