Maya Angelou Remembered As One Of The Greats

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On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 we lost one of the world's greatest thinkers, Maya Angelou. Looking back on this phenomenal woman's life, we are reminded that great leaders aren't just people who display one grandiose act of transformational leadership. Instead, they display small acts of leadership throughout their entire life.

Maya Angelou didn't just wake up one day as a respected poet, actress, director, author, professor and civil rights activist. Only after years of cultivating her consistency of purpose was she considered a valued thoughtleader across the globe. In 2011, President Obama presented Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award a US civilian can receive. 

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Equality and Freedom for All

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We tend to only recognize leaders when they conduct transformational acts of leadership, such as Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his momentous speech in Washington on August, 28, 1963. What we fail to realize, however, is that in order for these transformational acts to occur, the leader must have a consistency of purpose.

It just so happens that Martin Luther King Jr.'s consistency of purpose was equality and freedom for all. He didn't let being sued, beaten, arrested and jailed stop him from pursuing his passion.

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What Is Your Consistency of Purpose?

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All the great leaders in history, Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and Nelson Mandela, have one thing in common; a consistency of purpose. The greater the consistency of purpose (and the longer it is exhibited), the greater the leadership return. 

What is the one thing that makes you tick, floats your boat, or tickles your fancy? This thing can be something lofty like "world peace" or something more normal like "reducing the amount of plastic bags used in my household." Regardless of what your purpose is, the important thing is that you have one. 

So what if you don't have a consistency of purpose, does that mean your dreams of becoming a great leader are lost? Not necessarily. In the fourth chapter of Do Lead, Les McKeown gives you a couple of tips on what to do if you haven't found your consistency of purpose quite yet. Download the first chapter of Do Lead today to get started on your journey to becoming one of the "greats."

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I'd Like to Make a Deposit Please

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Every week we will be highlighting a different chapter from the book Do Lead using chapter quotes, infographics, eye-catching imagery and long form content pieces. This week's content is drawn from chapter four. 

Most of us only acknowledge an act of leadership when it involves some sort of transformation or breakthrough. The truth, however, is that this is only part of the story. What we don't take into account is the time, emotion, and intellect the impactful leader previously pledged.  

All great leaders know that they have to make small, regular deposits in their own 'leadership banks', in order to one day make a transformative withdrawal. 

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