Lead From Your Current Position® Logo

The True Meaning of the Symbols

The Lead From Your Current Position® logo consists of:

A position indicator symbol that incorporates a tilted globe,

three people (in the core of the globe) forming the point,

and a diagonal swoosh around the top, placed on a map.

Here’s what each symbol means:

  • Position Indicator Logo (placed on a Map) = Your current position/location… not your position/title.
  • Globe = The concept is Global: All people; no one left out!
  • Swoosh = Action is required from each of us. Only those who act will triumph!
  • Three People = The minimum number of people required to form a stable partnership (three–a TRIAD). Four is better and even more is even better.

The word “LEAD” in the phrase Lead From Your Current Position® emphasizes the necessity for all of us to LEAD (contribute to an environment where others flourish) AND incorporates triangle inside of “A”  to highlight the significance of the TRIAD as the foundation for stable partnerships.

The LFYCP® Subtitle: The world is calling out for you genius!

 

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Why LEAD FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION®?

What is our duty?

I wanted to take a moment to describe why I was inspired to create Lead From Your Current Position®. Knowing this will give you a better understanding of the concept and insight into the rationale of why you should Lead From Your Current Position®.

What is our duty?

Developing this concept is deeply personal. In my journey through life, I’ve consistently sought to identify my purpose… to identify my duty.

In addition to the preparation my parents and schooling provided me, I’ve been fortunate to serve in one of the greatest leadership apprenticeship programs in the world: serving in the United States Army. A Retired Army Officer, my military career spanned 24 1/2 years where I served in a variety of positions as an Airborne Infantry and Attack and Cavalry Aviation Officer. I had the privilege to lead five platoons and command two companies and an ROTC battalion. Additionally, I taught at the Aviation Captain’s Career Course, the United States Military Academy (West Point), and Indiana University (Bloomington).

Always a Soldier, I’ve spent my entire life inquiring about leadership and learning. This has continued well after my transition from military service.

The Answer

The answer to the question of my duty, as it developed over the years, became very clear: Lead From Your Current Position®.

The Distinctions of Lead From Your Current Position® 

I began to discover and refine the distinctions of the phrase.

  • Lead = Contribute to an environment where others flourish
  • From Your = From Your… NOT from somebody else’s (you have everything you need… even permission to act)
  • Current Position = Geographic Location NOT title

What if we all simply did our duty (LEAD… contribute to an environment where others flourish) right where we are now (our current geographic location)… and didn’t wait for some future event/achievement or permission from others. Simply DO IT.

Lead From Your Current Position® is about Self-Development, Partnership, and Service.

Again, the answer is simple: do these things… actually BE these things.

Four Questions

The four key questions you should ask yourself every day to Lead From Your Current Position® are:

  • What is my primary responsibility as a Leader?
  • What is the ONE thing I should create, cultivate, and encourage in my environment?
  • What is the ONE thing I should eliminate in my environment?
  • Are there additional questions that would give me insight into how I can lead from my current position?

What a incredible world this would be if 7.3 billion people lead from their current position:  contributing to an environment where others flourished, right were they are. I’m completely devoted to live and share this idea. I hope you will join me on this quest.

Choose to Lead From Your Current Position®… when you do you will be on the path to realize your leadership potential, serving and contributing to others.

What are you waiting for:  The world is calling out for your genius!

DISCUSSION QUESTION:  What is your definition of LEADERSHIP?

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The Nature of Leadership

Updated: "contributing to" over "creating"

What is the nature of LEADERSHIP?

Leadership Defined?

To begin to answer that question, many start out by trying to define leadership. Is it:

  • the position or function of a leader?
  • to provide purpose, direction, and motivation?
  • influence?
  • setting the example?
  • having followers?
  • having certain characteristics?
  • to accomplish organizational objectives?
  • etc. etc. etc.?

Google it

We might even start out by googling leadership. If you do that, you’ll receive 1.98+ billion results. Additionally, you’ll discover that experts have tallied over 1500+ leadership definitions, over 40+ leadership theories, and numerous styles, historical views, and myths. All of this only seems to complicate the issue of the true nature of leadership.

I’m always surprised by the answers I get when I ask someone “What is the nature, definition, or purpose of leadership?”… as well as how hard it seems to be to answer the question. Any one of those three variants seems to stop people dead in their tracks… every time. After a very long pause, I usually get one of the examples I used above.

Leadership Re-imagined, Simplified, and Re-defined

I’d like to suggest a way to simply leadership, so that we can all do it more easily and more naturally. So, here’s my attempt:

Leadership is contributing to an environment where others flourish.

This new version is an update from my previous thoughts, where I’ve replaced “CREATING” with “CONTRIBUTING TO”. I did this to reinforce the concepts of service and participation and emphasize partnership/equality over hierarchy:

Leadership is creating an environment where others flourish.

It really is that simple… and I believe the world would be a much better place if more people understood and aligned with this concept.

The inquiry into the true nature of leadership can help us more precisely determine what our role or function in life is… to determine our true purpose. I believe the world is calling out for our (your) genius… the world is calling out for us (you) to lead from our (your) current position. Everyone… no one left behind or excluded… no one. Every person can benefit from this simple, but challenging description. And, it opens the door to a great inquiry… one that this site is dedicated to… What is the nature of LEADERSHIP?

DISCUSSION QUESTION: What are your thoughts on the nature of leadership? 

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In The Following Pages

We can generously enlarge our views beyond the present day!

As I start to unfold the re-imagined leadership conversation here and encourage your involvement and participation, I’d like to start with this quote that really describes my true intent.

In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments and common sense; and have no other preliminaries to settle with the reader, other than that he will divest himself of prejudice and prepossession, and suffer his reason and his feelings to determine for themselves; that he will put on, or rather that he will not put off, the true character of man, and generously enlarge views beyond the present day.”  Thomas Payne, Common Sense

And, in tribute to Warren Bennis (8 Mar 1925 -31 Jul 2014):

None of us is as good as all of us.” Warren Gamaliel Bennis

He was a Soldier, an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of Leadership studies.

So, please join me as I begin to synthesize and share my insights and observations from my current position. Everything on this site intended to spark conversation, creativity, and innovation… to encourage you to LEAD FROM YOUR CURRENT POSITION®. Additionally, I will share tips and techniques on personal development, productivity, and my passions (Golf, Technology, Reading, Photography, and Racquetball to name a few).

It is my strongest desire that we generously enlarge our views beyond the present day.

DISCUSSION QUESTION:  What is your biggest obstacle or challenge that keeps you from leading from your current position?

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