Publisher's Note: Today's "Greenelines" is part 3 of a five-part series on Republican presidents noted for their leadership skills. The order of presentation does not reflect a ranking. Read part 1 and part 2.
Following the assassination of President McKinley in September of 1901, Theodore Roosevelt was elected the 26th president of the United States. He served from 1901 to 1909.
Scholars and historians mostly agree that he was one of the greatest U.S. presidents in American history. He was good enough, at least, to have his likeness carved into stone on Mount Rushmore.
The leadership quality for which he is most noted is his high energy and demand for action. He battled various illnesses by out-running anything that tried to slow him down. He probably was the most adventuresome president to ever serve.
"Whatever I think is right for me to do, I do. I do the things that ought to be done. And when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act."
He viewed inaction as his greatest threat. He didn't want to play defense or make a decision based on the response of others. He seemed to always choose the risk of action.
He led the country into the Progressive Era and was probably best known for his "Square Deal." Due to his outdoor, "rough rider" lifestyle, he made conservation a top priority of his administration. He established many national parks and forests.
I'll share one other Roosevelt quote, perhaps revealing my own bias:
"As soon as any man has ceased to be able to learn, his usefulness as a teacher is at an end. When he himself can't learn, he has reached the stage where other people can't learn from him."
Roosevelt often referred to some as the "educated ineffectives."
Education is a stimulant for action. Roosevelt modeled the life of an effective leader through learning followed by action.
As we study the life of Jesus, don't we see a man of action? The Holy Spirit calls leaders to come and get busy.
"Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves" (James 1:22).
Platform Tip No. 54
Fill your platform with stories.
We connect people to solutions for their felt needs with stories about people who have won victories.
A story is a powerful tool to communicate ideas and concepts.
When your message gets a little complicated, tell a story. Then, show up tomorrow and tell another story.
Do this for a long time.
Do you want to learn more about developing your personal platform?
Send for my free series of lessons titled, "The Fundamentals of Creating, Curating and Developing Content for Multiple Platforms." Send your request to: email@example.com.
We will not share your email address with anyone.
Dr. Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president of the media group at Charisma Media and executive producer of the Charisma Podcast Network. His book, Love Leads: The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity, is now available.
Leaders, Dr. Greene wants to help you understand the spiritual connection between relationships and productivity. Read his new blog, here.
Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
Dr. Steve Greene is now sharing stories, teachings, and conversations with guests who lead with love on Love Leads, a new podcast. Listen now.
Dr. Mark Rutland's
National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL)
The NICL is one of the top leadership training programs in the U.S. taught by Dr. Mark Rutland. If you're the type of leader that likes to have total control over every aspect of your ministry and your future success, the NICL is right for you!
FREE NICL MINI-COURSE - Enroll for 3-hours of training from Dr. Rutland's full leadership course. Experience the NICL and decide if this training is right for you and your team.Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re not growing? Do you need help from an expert in leadership? There is no other leadership training like the NICL. Gain the leadership skills and confidence you need to lead your church, business or ministry. Get ready to accomplish all of your God-given dreams. CLICK HERE for NICL training dates and details.
The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. It's also for leaders who want to expedite their training to receive advanced standing for Master Level credit hours. Work through Dr. Rutland's full training from the comfort of your home or ministry at your pace. Learn more about NICL Online. Learn more about NICL Online.