Floyd Allen, director of The Covenant Group in Phoenix, AZ, offers this “tasty” contribution to the continuing series of appropriate words and phrases that begin with the letters of the word L-E-A-D-E-R-S-H-I-P.
LETTUCE: “Lettuce” not forget that a leader is only as great as he or she makes their followers feel.
EGGS: Sometimes scrambled and sometimes sunny-side up, your followers will have inconsistent days, but a good leader finds something to praise.
APPLE: One a day keeps the doctor away, so if you want to keep your staff in good health, make sure they get at least one compliment a day from you.
DOUGHNUT: A good leader is always “around” and has his or her crew work as a “hole.”
EGGPLANT: A good leader – unlike an eggplant – is the same inside and out. People need to know your “true colors” before they can allow themselves to trust you fully.
RAVIOLI: Those who are led are often “stuffed” with good ideas. A true leader knows how to extract those ideas and get them implemented.
SALAD: Your staff may be a single unit, but it is made up of many individual parts. Recognize these individualities and allow them to thrive.
HONEY: Many of your staff are naturally sweet – don’t do anything to sour them.
ICE CREAM: Your staff may be made up of many “flavors.” Be sure all are treated equally and with respect.
PIZZA: There are many “toppings” you can serve as benefits to your staff, but the “crust” that holds everything together is respect.
From: Leadership…with a human touch, October 16, 2001, Pages 22-23
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