Creativity is something I can write about plenty.
Not necessarily because I am the most creative person out there. It is partly because I’m a creative-people-magnet (to the extent that I married one!) so I got to observe them up close. And partly because I have tried myself at all sorts of creative endeavours, with various degrees of succes.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is another book I was skeptical about, just like The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, and for the same reason: how can a person claim they know the exact number of habits that will make you effective?
Despite it’s title (maybe you don’t find it irritating, maybe it’s just me), it is not a book about quick fixes, or techniques that will make you a better leader and person in the blink of an eye. On the contrary, it is a book that focuses on character, on relationships, on values. I know! Just like these two books on leadership, and this one. They must be on to something!
Why final words?
Because I have shared these words with the students who attended the Leadership Development Program this academic year. Earlier today, 67 LDP students got their well-deserved Certificates, attesting that they have successfully completed either Stage I or Stage II of the Program. We had a final reception to celebrate their accomplishments, to celebrate them.
We have all learned about leadership together, and we have grown as leaders, too. The time has come for some final thoughts on leadership, so let me share a part of my talk:
More than becoming a leader, strive to become a “leading”.
To begin with, I was skeptical about this book.
When someone claims that they know the laws of leadership – irrefutable, too – and not only that, but is sure that they’ve also got the exact number of these laws – I just can’t help but be skeptical.
I’ve decided to read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership though, because I know John C. Maxwell is a highly respected leader and because this book has had a major impact on leadership development ever since it was published. In fact, the book was such a huge success that some of the phrases Maxwell has coined have become clichés by now.
Despite my skepticism, reading The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership was time well invested.
This week I will be posting every day, on leadership and creativity.
Here’s what to expect:
Be warned: I’ll be somewhat geeky today.
If you’re reading this article, chances are you are doing quite a bit of reading online, and might even follow a number of blogs/people. So today I’ll introduce you to the RSS Reader – a reading tool that will change your life, if it hasn’t done so already.
This post was prompted by some of you who are wanting to follow my blog (you rock!) and by the fact that Google Reader’s being shut down, so some of you might be looking for alternatives. In both cases, read on!
I used to love reading, but I don’t do it anymore.
If I got one Lithuanian Litas for every time I heard that!
If you can relate, and want to reconect with the bookworm in you, here’s one advic