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The Characteristics of Honor: a Mastership Thesis by Master Travis Dillow

Posted: February 13, 2017


I have never met a leader in my life who, at some level, doesn’t want to be referred to as a person of honor, or be honored by those that he leads and those that watch him lead.  To be honored, you must first be honorable.  When you hear that a person is honored, truly honored, then you are hearing of a person who has several character traits of a great leader all summed up into one word, honorable.  Honor is often times shown by a ceremony, trophy, plaque or reward of some kind, but that is really the least part of honor.  The hardware behind such recognition has nothing to do with a ceremony, but rather to do with the unmistakable character of the person being honored.  Honor is simply one easy word to sum up a few valuable characteristics of a great leader.  Those characteristics are honesty, fairness, integrity, and credibility.  When you see someone who is being honored in his or her trade, they are saying that this person leads with honesty, fairness, integrity, and is highly credible.  That is a person that deserves to be honored.  In a day when leaders are more despised, rather than honored, we are in dire need of some honorable leaders to emerge, and when they do, let’s honor them.  Since honor is really a summation of those four character traits, let’s take a brief look at them one by one.

Honesty:  Honor and honesty must exist together, one requires the other, and neither can ever stand on their own. To be an honorable leader is to be an honest leader.  Honesty is more than telling the truth to others and your team, but honesty breaks past the trend definitions of the day and hits your spirit like a land mine that effects everything that is close to it.  There are so many ways for a leader to apply the trait of honesty, and we are going to look at just a few of them.  Honorable leaders start by being honest in these areas.

What is Gratitude? A Mastership Thesis by Master Travis Dillow

Posted: February 13, 2017

Gratitude is the quality of feeling and/or expressing thankfulness in a positive manner.  When it comes to gratitude we all know one thing to be true, everyone loves hearing “thank you.” Gratitude isn’t a characteristic that is reserved only for people in leadership, but rather something that everyone should strive to have as a part of their life.  However, gratitude is something that every leader should spend some emotional energy on perfecting in their life.  When a leader shows thankfulness and gratitude to the people he or she leads, or the people that lead them it build tremendous confidence is those around them.  Gratitude is an everyday reminder of appreciation in of what people do and say.  If the team you lead doesn’t know that you appreciate them, then you are a bad leader.  The gratitude must start with you, remember we teach what we know, but we reproduce who we are.  If you want a thankful team, then be a thankful leader to your team.  Here are some principles I have learned about gratitude over the past 16 years of leadership in my life.

Gratitude isn’t always said in words:  Let’s be honest, gratitude makes people feel special, and when people feel special they know they are appreciated.  Gratitude is the name we give that combined feeling of affirming someone to feel special, thus creating the emotion of feeling appreciated in their life.  As a leader it is essential that your team knows they are special to you and appreciated by you, and gratitude sums up both those feelings in their lives.  There are times when “thank-you” is appropriate and in order, but if that is where your gratitude stops as a leader then your team really isn’t feeling the impact that you want them to experience.  Words are words, and yes they have meaning but as we have always “heard actions speak louder than words”.  There are many ways to show gratitude as a leader, and most of them don’t involve saying anything at all, but just doing.  Here are some things I watch in my own life to make sure I show gratitude to the people that I surround myself with.

A.    Be reachable:  A leader who is present is a leader who communicates to his or her team mates that they are appreciated.  Return the phone call, respond to the text or email, make sure you make an effort to let your team know that you are there for them.  The side effect of this is letting them know that what they have to say is valuable and you appreciate their thoughts or questions.  A study was done to show that the greatest way to show ingratitude is to ignore communication with those that you lead.  When a phone call isn’t returned the team mate feels like they are not appreciated or cared for.  When a return attempt is made the team mate feels special and appreciated, the two things that gratitude ultimately brings to the service.

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