Friday, April 17, 2009

Leadership Dolly Parton Style

You don't have to be blonde, or well-endowed, to integrate this leadership model. In fact, you probably already have.

If you're a country music fan, you most likely know that Parton wrote the "I'll Always Love You" recorded by Whitney Houston for the movie, The Bodyguard. While that song earned her enough money to buy Graceland, it's only one of at least 3,000 songs she's written.

She was the fourth child of twelve, growing up in a one-room house in rural Tennessee. Now she's 63, and is still married to man she met in a laundromat at age 18! (Long-term marriages are fascinating!)

Anyway, Dolly is Dolly, and she's got real insight in her definition of leadership:

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.

They say country music lyrics reveal all secrets hidden in the human heart.

Whether as a parent, teachers, manager, supervisor, or just as you, you're already an excellent leader. Recognize your achievement. You deserve a raise!