It was a good 24 hours because between Dena's trip in Baytown and mine today at Memorial City, I have five more notebooks. Well five more of the kind that I love. They are difficult to find.
Last night we met David and Emily at the always busy in the evenings Luby's. Fuddruckers had a line almost out the door. It was great catching up with them. We got home and I went straight to watching Downton Abbey.
This week we are studying Leah, Rachel and Jacob...oh and don't forget Laban. I don't think I ever really understood until now how miserable Leah was and the wrangling between Laban and Jacob is really interesting, very deep. Both men have quite a bit of anger stored up in their spirits and when they have the chance to unload every injustice and sin against them brought by the other, they take it to the smallest detail. It is obvious a lot of thought had gone into the releasing of their words. That is what happens when we meditate on the negative and keep a record of every wrong, little or big.
I read an intersecting article on Leadership Freak Twitter account last week. I enjoy this man's insight and solutions for leadership. His topic was insecure leaders. All of us have one time or another worked for an insecure boss. Maybe at some time or the other we have been the insecure boss but it doesn't have to remain that way. Here are his 20 attributes of an insecure leader or boss;
1. Defend when they should explore.
2. Take things personally.
3. Blame higher ups for tough decisions.
4. Don’t trust others because they don’t trust themselves.
5. Can’t say no.
6. Threaten, intimidate, and coerce.
7. Shut down input from others because feedback is frightening.
9. Won’t delegate.
12. Create teams of yes-men.
13. Illustrate their competence and successes too frequently.
14. Hoard knowledge.
15. Delay decisions and then flip flop after.
16. Seem snobbish.
17. Crave positional authority and respect.
18. Nitpick and belittle.
19. Share blame and take credit.
20. Name drop.Tomorrow if I remember or maybe the day after I will post how to overcome insecurity to become a better leader. Like I said, the blog is helpful no matter if you're a paid employee or a volunteer or a leader in your sphere of influence.