John Maxwell Leadership Bible:  (Proverbs 18:21)

Few muscles in a body wield more power than the little one inside the  mouth.  The Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and  those who love it will eat its fruit” (Prov. 18:21).  Leaders who understand this greatly increase their influence.

Our understanding of leadership has evolved over the last five or six decade.  The way people expect leaders to lead has changed.  Many have said our culture has witnessed four styles of leadership since 1950:

  1. The Military Commander:  Leaders came of  the  army and expected unquestioning obedience from subordinates.  Many of  our presidents had military backgrounds.
  2. The Chief Executive Officer:  Most leaders migrated to a different style driven by vision and shared by everyone.  Yet it was still top down and possibly very narrow in scope.
  3.  The Coach:  Leaders moved toward a coach model where they saw employees as players on a team.  This produced even better results, but  still limited the  possibilities to the  vision of the coach.
  4. The Poet and Gardener:  Today, leaders see the need to express the heart of the  team, as a poet gives words to the heart of readers.  They develop players using encouragement and direction.  They recognize the power of  words and use them wisely.


As a financial advisor, I don’t want or believe clients should give unquestioned obedience in the development of a retirement plan.  I am not the  CEO type of advisor that believes the vision I have to achieve the client’s retirement goals.  I believe in coaching clients in planning for their retirement but do not consider them only as a players on the team.

As I develop a relationship with the clients, we begin to express the heart of the aims and goals in development of  a plan to reach retirement and ascertain that their retirement funds will  outlive them.   It is quite a shock when a person reaches retirement and finds great enjoyment only to discover during their retirement years that they will outlive their retirement funds. 

My goal with each client is working with them to provide for their retirement and they can remain retired rather than seeking additional funds to meet their needs.

Have a great day!



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