Shandra Lee. With Heart Wide Open. A Miracle In The Making.

Yesterday’s story . Do you wonder about the outcomes? 🙂 Read to the bottom to learn more.

And in the middle are some tried and true Leadership Successes.

Use the 7 C’s as a road map for developing your own topnotch leadership skills. 

Connect. Connect with your purpose, passions, values and beliefs, then work them into your daily living in doses large or small. Take and/or make the time to connect with others to understand their point of view and heart direction. T3, a leadership company based in Durango, Colo., offers this advice: “Holding that strong connection to self, to others and to the experience … is at the heart of great leadership.”

Communicate. Engage in two-way dialogue, share freely what you know and actively listen with your head and heart to what others have to say. Assure that messages are accurately conveyed. Seek and embrace feedback. Layne and Paul Cutright, communication coaches, offer this insight, “Clearly, communication is more than words. There is also the energy of the intention behind the words. And intention is the most powerful force in any communication.”

Capability. Dare yourself to stretch the limits of your potential and to inspire those around you to do the same. Seek to learn and understand beyond your comfort zone. Warren Bennis, organizational consultant and author, defines leadership as individual capability, saying, “Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well-communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realize your own leadership potential.”

Compassion. Smile, laugh, care, have fun; it feels good and is good for you and those around you! Say thank you to someone every day. Express your gratitude. Max DuPree, author of “Leadership is an Art” and former CEO/chairman of the Herman Miller Corp., notes that “leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its practice.”

Courage. Take a stand for what’s good and what’s right, even if doing so is unpopular. Show grace under pressure. Acknowledge your fears without letting them rule your life. Be joyfully spirited. Show strength of mind and will. Consider these wise words from Winston Churchill, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Character. Choose to be a person of integrity, never afraid to be found out. Be known for the highest ethics. Show care and empathy for all. Be tolerant of differences. Embrace authenticity. Show positive drive, energy and determination. Cultivate self-discipline. An unknown sage offers this wisdom that “leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”

Commitment. Hold yourself accountable. Dedicate yourself to finding connection, communicating, reaching for your potential, celebrating, and being courageous, sincere, caring and authentic. Stephen Gregg, chairman of Ethix Corporation, sums it up this way: “People do not follow uncommitted leaders. Commitment can be displayed in a full range of matters to include the work hours you choose to maintain, how you work to improve your abilities, or what you do for your fellow workers at your personal sacrifice.”

Using the 7 C’s of leader-ship can help you focus on, believe in and execute both tasks and relationships so you get  that hoped-for promotion.

These are not new Leadership Ideas, but are as relevant today as when first introduced.  The 7 C’s: A guide to leadership – The Post and Courier.



I stayed for 6 years- (yesterday’s post) because I knew that was where Father God had placed me as the next steps. There was nothing I had done to ‘deserve’ being disliked. My training, background, attitude, Beliefs were different. Everything about me. That was enough. When I was released to seek and accept another position it was with a strong finish, earned respect and mild mutual admiration having pressed in to the above “C” ideas and following the “Grow Where You Are Planted” motto.

My big C? Credibility.

The latter scenario from yesterday? “In progress”. In Journey, Outcomes still to be determined.

But, Dear Readers. That should not deter growth or following my God Sized Dreams.

  • I’ve renewed and  refreshed my personal 5 Year plan.

So the next steps will take me away from the typewriter~er the laptop~ this weekend taking next steps toward that dream, ‘promotion’ , taking some risks and a wee bit o fun.

” ‘Promotion’ has rarely been sought out in my own Life. Traversing the Leadership Ladder, I’ve fallen through a few rungs. Humbling.” Shandra


More on Leadership and reaching your Dreams later.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, Shandra

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