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Leadership – Examples from NASA moon landing in 1969

John Maxwell shares excellent leadership guidance in following post:

http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/traveling-to-infinity-and-beyond-means-leaving-self-centeredness-behind

 
Forty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin accomplished a feat considered impossible for much of human history. Escaping the gravitational pull of the earth, and soaring beyond its atmosphere, they were the first persons to set foot on the moon. Their successful mission was the crowning achievement of NASA’s space program. Similar to space explorers, leaders desire to expand the frontiers of their industry, to reach higher levels of influence, and to go beyond what has been previously accomplished. For them, the primary challenge isn’t defying gravity but denying the self. Journeying to significance means going beyond the limitations of self-interest by way of servanthood.

Going Beyond Yourself Means…


1) Seeing Beyond Yourself 2) Growing Beyond Yourself 3) Giving Beyond Yourself 4) Gathering Beyond Yourself


Aside from that, a leader has to offer others a vision that


1) compellingly solves a significant problem 2) expresses a sense of urgency 3) is bigger than any one person 4) is connected to a realistic strategy 5) is infused with passion.



Even so, people won’t stick with the vision unless you stand by them—supporting their needs, empowering them with responsibility, and sharing the credit for success.

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