Lessons from Senator Daniel Webster

Last night I was watching a video of Daniel Webster, former Florida State Senator, on leadership.  In it he describes 5 key elements of leadership that helped him achieve some remarkable things…before reviewing these  you should know, Daniel Webster ran for office unopposed for 28 years, was appointed house speaker against major opposition, and retells one account where he was flying somewhere to sign up to run for another term and while exiting the plane, ran into a man who introduced himself as someone getting ready to run for the state senate.  When he learned that we was talking to Mr. Webster, he turned around, got back on the plane and flew home.  Here is what he said:

Commit to:

1. Invest time in other’s agendas, helping them acheive success, rather than focusing on yourself.

2. Expect no more from others than you are willing to do yourself.  Never say, “That’s not my job.”

3. Give up the right to be in charge – focus on your own responsibilities rather than always pointing out other’s short-comings.

4. Accept responsibility – give up on expectations.

5. Earn the right to be heard.

Some wise words from someone who continues to win over their opponents.

© 2011, David Stelzl


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