Remove the Lid

Dave Ramsey authored a book called "Entreleadership" which is what he created as the championship playbook for his organization.  Although he is well known for helping people get out of debt, most people don't know that he has built an unbelievable debt free enterprise that is a great example for any modern day business.  When defining Entreleadership, he describes it as follows: the personal power of an entrepreneur polished and grown by a desire to be a quality leader.  It is defined as the process of leading to cause a venture to grow and prosper.

Here are a few ways he describes how to be an Entreleader:

1) John Maxwell says in "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" that there is a lid on any organization and on your future, and that lid is you.  Your education, character, capability, ability, and vision are limiting your company.  If you want to know what is holding back your dreams from becoming a reality, go look in the mirror.  The good news is that if you are the problem you are also the solution. 

2) Entreleaders realize they have great power but seldom use it.  They understand that ultimately the only power they can use to grow a quality team is the power of persuasion.  Persuasion is pulling the rope and positional leadership is pushing the rope.  We all know we can't push a rope.  If you want employees, boss them around. If you want team members, explain "why" you do what you do, give them the ball and let them run with it. 

3) Entreleaders serve their team.  At a large company event, Dave Ramsey told his son, "There are 97 kids out there under the age of 10.  Those kids parents make a living, have a future, and those kids have a future partly because of how I act.  If I misbehave in my personal life, if I fail in areas of integrity, if I screw up, it will mess up a ton of lives.  As a servant leader, I understand that I am at least partially responsible for those little kids.  To whom much is given, much is expected.  

4) Entreleaders have passion.  Passion isn't yelling and being wild, it is simply caring deeply.  Passion is so key in leading and creating excellence that I will hire passion over education every time. 

The first step in becoming a true Entreleader is acknowledging that you can find the one responsible for your future by looking in the mirror.  Whether you are running a business, a department or a family, you are the lid.  Your team will only go as far as your willingness to grow, learn and raise the bar for yourself.  If you want to be an Entreleader, remove the lid on your team and see how far you can go.  

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