The world has never seen a great leader who lacked commitment. Ed McElroy of USAir spoke of it’s importance: “Commitment gives us new power. No matter what comes to us- sickness, poverty, or disaster- we never turn our eye from the goal.”

I have this book called “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of  A Leader” by John C. Maxwell.I’ll be posting some of the parts of the book that really resonate with me. Here are some great parts from the chapter on Commitment-

“If you want to be an effective leader, you have to be committed. True commitment inspires and attracts people. It shows them that you have conviction.They will believe in you only if you believe in your cause. What is the true nature of commitment? Take a look at three observations:

1) Commitment Starts in the Heart– Some people want everything to be perfect before they’re willing to commit themselves to anything. But commitment always precedes achievement. I am told that in the Kentucky Derby, the winning horse effectively runs out of oxygen after the first half mile, and he goes the rest of the way on heart. That’s why all the great athletes recognize it’s importance. NBA legend Michael Jordan explains that “heart is what separates the good from the great.” If you want to make a difference in other people’s lives as a leader, look into your heart to see if you’re really committed.

2) Commitment Is Tested by Action— It’s one thing to talk about commitment. It’s another to do something about it. The only real measure of commitment is action. Arthur Gordon acknowledged, “Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them day after day.” Someone told me about a newly elected judge who had won office in a special county election. During his acceptance speech, he said “I wish to thank the 424 people who promised to vote for me. I wish to thank the 316 people who said that they did vote for me. I wish to thank the 47 people who came out last Thursday to vote, and I wish to thank the 26 folks who actually did vote for me.” How are you doing when it comes to following through on your commitments?

3) Commitment Opens the Door to Achievement– As a leader, you will face plenty of obstacles and opposition- if you don’t already. And there will be times when commitment is the only thing that carries you forward. David McNally commented, ” Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down. If you want to get anywhere worthwhile, you must be committed.”

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