Byron's Babbles

Haircuts for Leaders

Posted in Uncategorized by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on August 26, 2011

My son will be running for Student Council of his school next week. I’m writing about this now because whether he wins or loses next week is not relevant. The fact that he is, as John Maxwell says, focusing on the big picture is the important thing.

He came home from school with his Student Council applicant packet and said, “Dad, all my friends want me to run!” Notice, he gets it – It has nothing to do with winning, it’s all about running. His buddies want him to finish, and he is bound and determined to do just that.

Heath does not intend just to be in the race. He intends to be a finisher! In The Maxwell Daily Reader: 365 Days of Insight To Develop The Leader Within You and Influence Those Around You, John Maxwell stated, “As you make the success journey, keep in mind that your goal is to finish the race – to do the best you’re capable of doing.” (Kindle Location 3539)

So, what can we learn from Heath? He created the campaign poster that I have attached to this post. Pretty cleaver don’t you think? Also, he decided to get Heath Bars and wrap them in camouflage wrapping paper with a sticker that says vote for Heath. Speech writing is the next skill he is getting from this experience. He is on his 3rd draft of describing his leadership qualities, and is learning what it means to be a servant leader.

Now for the title, “Haircuts for Leaders.” This morning as we were driving to school, Heath said, “Dad, we’ve got to get our haircut on Tuesday after school.” When I asked why, he proceeded to tell me that he needed to look his best and he always felt confident on days after he has his hair cut. After he said this I remembered some advice a mentor early in my teaching career gave me. He said that before any contest, event, test, or anything where a student needs to do well, always give them some reason before hand to believe they have an edge. For example, I just gave a benchmark assessment to one of my classes – before they started I told them they had covered every standard yesterday in a lab they had done.

You can bet that Heath will get his haircut the night before he gives his speech. Let’s not forget the haircut and give those we coach an edge when they need it!

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  1. Kevin Eikenberry said, on August 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Go get em Heath. The haircut make a difference! Everyone needs to figure out what their haircut is – and what the the haircut is for their team members.

    Kevin 🙂


    • byronernest said, on August 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Kevin, I love the way you put that – “Everyone needs to figure out what their haircut is and what the haircut is for their team members.” Very profound my friend. I guess that is why you are the world’s greatest leadership guru!



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