Inspirational Leaders Are True Professionals

They Keep Standards High For Everyone Today I'm "refreshing" my Christmas caroling costume. Truthfully, it's not that disreputable... with only a week left, I could easily get through the rest of the season without anyone noticing the little wrinkles here and there. But I'm refreshing it so I can look my 1830s best at every show, because that's what you do when you're a real professional performer. You hold your work as sacred, like any true pro does. You realize you're in it to entertain your audience, not yourself, and that it's a privilege to do what you do (in my case, as a performer with the Original Dickens Carolers of Colorado, the world's best caroling group, that's especially true).

When you have that attitude about what you do, you just do it better. When you're singing Christmas carols and you realize you went to some trouble to give this audience as great and fresh a show as you gave all the other audiences, it drives your performance. In other words, taking good care of your tail-coat can actually make you sing better.

How does that relate to what you do? Are you doing the little things in your profession that make you a real pro, and not just someone punching a clock and collecting a check?

I've mentioned before that there are two types of person, the Victim and the Entrepreneur. The Victim blames everyone but himself for anything that goes wrong, yet relies on others to take care of him... the Entrepreneur relies on herself and expects to take care of business. It should be obvious that only the Entrepreneur in each of us is capable of true professionalism.

Even as a singer, you can tell the pros from the posers by how much entrepreneurial spirit they embody. A true professional singer knows that someone went to some effort to sell the gig, and that without that effort there would be no paid singing to be done today. So he works hard to entertain his group's clients. He wants to please them. He's on time, he's warmed-up and on pitch, and his performance is on the money. The clients can't wait for Christmas to roll around again, so they can invite his group back, and request him specifically! The poser/victim, on the other hand, doesn't care what effort was required on the part of others to arrange for his services. He doesn't like certain songs, so he just doesn't do them. He's bored, and it shows. He can't be bothered to smile, let alone dance around a little. He's up there thinking about how many hours and dollars he's getting from his caroling efforts this season, not about how much joy and merriment his audience is getting.

We all know people in our work who seem to fall into that "victim" camp. And it's up to us to be the professionals, and to lead the team in such a way as to minimize the posing and maximize the professionalism.

No one wants to follow a Victim, and certainly no one is inspired by her.

Check yourself, your attitude, and your professionalism. Are you running your business in a professional way? Are you professional in the way you conduct all your affairs, from your health habits to your wealth mastery? Do you have high enough standards to create a true storehouse of money, time, compassion, and other resources sufficient to permit you to focus away from yourself and your own needs long enough to contribute to others?

Remember what Marley's ghost said to Scrooge: "Mankind should have been my business." That's an Entrepreneur's attitude, and it's too bad Marley didn't find it until after his death! But, like Scrooge, each of us has a chance this holiday season to "refresh our costume," and in fact to refresh our customs... our attitudes, our behaviors, our performances. We can refresh our spirit of true professionalism.

The joy of the season requires it. Inspirational leadership depends upon it.


Michael Hume is a speaker, writer, and consultant specializing in helping people maximize their potential and enjoy inspiring lives. As Founding Consultant of Agents of Personal Change (APC), LLC, he coaches executives and leaders in growing their personal sense of well-being through wealth creation and management, along with personal vitality. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to make money "one less thing to worry about" can learn more about working with Michael...

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