Build your own leadership tower.

7 05 2015

“Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.” ~Dante Alighieri

I think the quote is talking about having a strong foundation, and how doing that can allow us all to weather the strongest forces working against us.  Nonprofits like ours have mission statements which, when used correctly, can be the lens through which all decisions regarding strategy can be viewed.  When deciding to pursue a merger, or opening (or exiting) new lines of service, look at the mission statement, and see if the decision to move forward is in pursuit of accomplishing/enhancing the mission.

As leaders, starting with a strong foundation of leadership tools will allow you to weather more of the challenges that come to you in the course of your career.  You can discover leadership tools by emulating leaders that you admire, taking courses, reading books etc.  Some tools will work for your own style, and others won’t be a good fit.  Whether you have 5 tools in your tool box, or 15, make sure they are tools that you are comfortable using, and then you’ve got the right tool set to build your own leadership foundation, and hopefully, over the years, you will build many floors in your own “leadership tower”.

Speaking of blast…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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