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Leadership Isn’t About Being Great, It’s About Enabling Others To Be Great

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Leadership Isn’t About Being Great, It’s About Enabling Others To Be Great

Photo credit: LinkedIn, David McQueen and The Leadership Project

As I sipped on my tea at a mentoring session last week, a long term colleague and friend posed a question: “How Can I Be A Great Leader?!”

I gave the question some more thought – with seven words he had really got my mind racing! I finally responded: “Leadership isn’t about being great. It’s about enabling others to be great.”

I’ve since had the opportunity to reflect on this. What did I mean? How do you enable people to be great, and create ‘great teams’?

I’ve sought to break this down to what I believe are 6 key points, however one of my biggest learning’s is that every day is a school day, and this will evolve over time. I continue to learn every single day!

People Make the Difference

As Jose Mourinho replied when asked about building a successful team, ” you can’t make an omelette without eggs”

Great people are the true differentiator in any successful business or team. As a leader, it is key you keep your eyes wide open and enable everybody to be the best possible version of ‘them’.

Get to know all of the people around you, understand what they want to achieve and help them self-realise what they need to do to ‘win’. Then you will see that people become motivated, they have clarity and they have belief, both in you and themselves. Success will follow if you believe in the ‘possibility’ of people.

Success will follow if you believe in the ‘possibility’ of people.


Would you go and socialise somewhere that made you unhappy?

In fact, lets stretch this..

Would you socialise somewhere that didn’t excite you, you don’t find enjoyable, that you ‘don’t’ want to go to?

Obviously the answer is no – yet many spend upwards of 8 hours a day in a workplace that they are at best ambivalent towards. As a leader, it is key we create an organic environment that it is enjoyable to be in, that fuels others passion to make a difference and gets people excited to come in to work and succeed.

Small acts regularly are always better than the occasional grand gesture. Breakfasts, lunches, walk and talks, sporting events, recognition. Even remembering to greet everyone every day and ask how they are, simple gestures that are often forgotten. Diverse teams will have diverse ideas around what’s is enjoyable, so ensure everybody can be involved to foster ideas.

Furthermore, leaders set the tone. Each morning, we need to ensure we walk in and create magic for our teams.


As Aristotle’s quote tells us, ‘excellence is not an act, but a habit, we are what we repeatedly do’.

I’m a great believer that consistency is a key trait in great leaders. Those that change their position consistently confuses others and this damages morale.

We have to know what we stand for and be prepared to remember this in the face of challenges. Those that stand for everything, stand for nothing.

‘excellence is not an act, but a habit, we are what we repeatedly do’.

Humility and Vulnerability

When things go wrong, weak leaders blame others – their predecessors, their team, their leaders. Everybody bar themselves. However if you’re explaining, you’re already behind.

Rather, we should be willing to show and share our vulnerability.

We all make mistakes and sharing these simply displays that we are human! Subsequently we need to highlight our desire to learn from these. It is a sign of strength, not weakness in asking for guidance and support. This tells your team that asking for help is more than just OK. It’s often the right step.

The ability to display humility and our genuine vulnerability authenticates that we are after all ‘human.’

Finally, when the teams wins, victory should be about your people. I still live by the motto to #makeyourpeoplefamous.

“Finally, when the teams wins, victory should be about your people. I still live by the motto to #makeyourpeoplefamous.”

Never Give Up

Some days will be be tough. Things will not go the way we expected. However we need to be relentless in moving forward. Resilience really is one of the greatest traits a leader can possess.

When things go wrong, understand why, yet don’t dwell on it. Instead focus on how you will ensure you wont make the same mistakes, or how you can learn from this. Own it. Never accept failure, never give up, and do this with a positive mindset

Integrity is Everything

Finally, be guided by your morals. When making tough decisions, ensure they align with your moral compass.

When you have tough conversations, have them with integrity and honesty. Never ignore these as this is fastest route to failure. This is particularly relevant with behaviours. You can give second chances on numbers, but not on values.

If you can look yourself in the mirror each evening, knowing that you’ve given it your all and you’ve done the right thing, there really is nothing more you can do. The time is always right to do what is right.

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

David McQueen is the author of several articles that have been featured on both LinkedIn, in the International Press and by several digital channels. You can follow David and see more of his work at:


Twitter: @rundmcqueen and @leadershiprojec


Instagram: @leadershiprojec

From LinkedIn

3rd Annual Nashville To Mexico Writers Round

We are super excited to announce the 2017 Nashville to New Mexico Writers Round in beautiful Eagle Nest NM!

Nashville, known as the Mecca of songwriting, is and always been the center of inspiration for country performers and songwriters. Northern New Mexico has recently become another place that inspires colorful and musically creative individuals. Billy Dawson is bringing the inspirational songwriting from Nashville to the awe-striking Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico accompanied by stellar writers/performers Rodney Clawson, Matt Jenkins, and Lainey Edwards. The event will be an all-day experience with activities throughout the day and the Writers Round will begin at 5:00 pm at 2883 Hwy 38 Eagle Nest, NM in the heart of the town.

When: July 1, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: 2883 Hwy 38 Eagle Nest, NM 87718

Cost: $15 Advanced Online Tickets / $20 At The Gate (5 Years & Under Free)

For more information please call 575-224-2380 or email

To buy tickets, please visit

Board Of Education Vacancy

Cimarron Municipal Schools is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education. Applicants may apply by submitting a letter of interest and qualifications by email, fax, hand deliver or regular mail to:

Cimarron Municipal Schools
Board of Education Vacancy
125 N. Collison Ave.
Cimarron, NM 87714
575-376-2445 x103
575-376-2442 (Fax)

All letters of interest to be considered must be received by Thursday, June 14, 2017 by 4:00 pm.

This position will be up for election in February, 2019. Interviews will be held at 5:00 pm on June 21, 2017 at:

Eagle Nest Elementary/Middle School
225 Lake Ave.
Eagle Nest, NM 87718

I. The board will conduct interviews beginning at 5:00 pm
II. The candidate that is selected will be sworn into office immediately

Angel Fire Day Camp 2017

When: June 12, 2017 to August 4, 2017

Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Ages 5 to 12 years

$25 per child / weekly rates available / multiple child discounts

Please contact Shay Tibljas at 575-377-1544 or visit for more information.

Trash To Treasures 2017

We will begin collecting donations at the Cove Arts Center #5E (yellow building) 12 Crestview Dr on Wednesdays, May 24 to June 21, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Clothing, linens, household items and small appliances only.

Also, you can drop off all items including furniture at the Community Center on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 and Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday, June 30, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Contact the Library at 575-377-6755 to arrange for large item pickup if you are unable to drop off at the Community Center.

Trash To Treasures Flea Market Sales will be at the Community Center on Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday, July 2, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. See you there!

A book sale will also be held at Shuter Library from June 20, 2017 to July 1, 2017.

Angel Fire Art & Farmers Market

The Art & Farmers Market is a weekly showcase of diverse local/regional artists, live music, food artisans and fresh produce.

Starting June 18, 2017 and every Sunday from June 18 to September 3, 2017

When: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where: Frontier Park, Angel Fire, NM

Art Up Northern New Mexico is happy to be joining the Angel Fire Resort in sponsoring this event.

Cool Summer Nights Concerts In The Park

Free Friday night music series is back! Every Friday from June 16 to September 1, 2017, the Cool Summer Nights Concert Series in Frontier Park will offer a free night of live music from National and regional acts along with a Kids Zone with giant Jenga, cornhole, face painting and games. Grab a lawn chair, bring your friends and listen to live music under the stars in the heart of Angel Fire, NM.

When: June 16, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: Frontier Park

We are proud to present Jimmy Stadler with Ry Taylor opening.

AAFPO Weekend

Fun events planned for the family Friday night thru Sunday afternoon.

When: June 9 to 11, 2017

Stay tuned for more details!

Habla Tamale Cookoff & Festival 2017

LMNOC Broadcasting Presents Habla Tamale Cook-off & Festival

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Frontier Park, Angel Fire, NM

This will be the second ever New Mexico Tamale Cook-off! Tamale tastings will be from 10:00 am to Noon. Tickets are $5.00 plus you will receive a People’s Choice ticket so that you can vote for your favorite tamale.

Tamale Cook-off Competition, Tamale Eating Content, Tamale History, Wally & Molly Tamale Contest, Kids Zone, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Entertainment, Food, Beer & Wine & More!

Vendor Call: Applications are now available for Tamale Contestants, Artists, Artisans, Vendors, Tamale Eating Contest Applicants and Entertainment.

Application can be downloaded at Volunteers needed for all areas of the Festival. Call 575-377-6353 for more information.

2017 Spring/Summer Dining Guide

Restaurants Hours

Angel Fired Pizza
3375 Mountain View Blvd.
Hours Open
Tues. thru Sun. 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Pizza, pasta, salads, specials
Daily Happy Hour 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Elements Bar & Lounge
Angel Fire Resort Country Club
Hours Open:
Tues. thru Sat. 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Full service bar
Appetizers, light menu fare
or order from dining room menu

Elements Fine Dining
Angel Fire Resort Country Club
Hours Open:
Tues. thru Sat. 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Fine Dining in a casual atmosphere
Appetizers, Steaks, Seafood, & more
Private dining rooms available for families and groups

H2 Uptown
48 N. Angel Fire Rd
Open Daily
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Fine dining establishment with New Mexican Flavor.
Happy Hour daily 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
serving beer & wine,
Live music almost every night.

Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue & More
3400 Mountain View Blvd.
Hours Open:
Tues. thru Sat. 6:00 am to 3:00 pm
$5.00 Grab n’ go Breakfast,
Fresh baked pastries,
Lunch/ Texas style BarBQue, desserts, tamales, green chili

Hatchas Cafe
3375 Mountain View Blvd.
Hours Open:
Mon. thru Fri. 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
Closed Sat. and Sun.
May 27, we will start opening on Sat.
Serving delicious new Mexico Cuisine

Jeanette’s Specialty Food Cart
3463B Mountain View Blvd.
Mon. thru Friday: 8:00 am to 10:00 am Breakfast
11:00 am to 1:30 pm for Lunch (hours extend upon demand)
Weekends on occasion

Legends Grill
Located on the 2nd floor @ the Lodge
of the Angel Fire Resort 10 Miller Lane
Hours Open:
Daily 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Full Menu of American & Southwest Classics
7 Flat Screen TV’s and Full Bar

Par & Grill
Angel Fire Golf Course
@ the Country Club
Open Daily
7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Serving breakfast and lunch

Pizza Stop
52 N. Angel Fire Rd
Hours Open:
Thurs. thru Sat. 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Begining May 25 we will be back to our regular hours
Open Weds. thru Mon.
Lunch 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Dinner 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Pizza * Pasta * Salad * Beer * Wine
Thursday night is family night, everyone receives 25% off!

Located inside Lowe’s Valley Market
3373 Mountain View Blvd.
Hours Open:
Daily 7:30 am to 10:00 pm
Serving fresh sandwiches and salads

Sunset Grille
10 Springs Rd.
Hours Open until Thurs. May 18
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
After May 18
Open Daily
11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Family restaurant with full service bar

The Lift – Cafe * Market
Located in the lobby of the Lodge
@ theAngel Fire Resort Lodge
10 Miller Lane
Hours Open:
Daily 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Starbucks Coffee, fresh baked goods,
“to-go” breakfast items, lunch sandwiches

Zebs Restaurant and Bar
3431 Mountain View Blvd.
Hours Open:
Daily 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Family restaurant with kids menu
Full service bar and game room

These restaurants will reopen in December 2017:

  • Chianti’s
  • Summit Smoke House
  • The Buzz
  • The Dog House
  • Village Haus
  • Zia Burrito Bar

We have brochures with this information at the Chamber office. Come by and pick one up at 3407 Mountain View Blvd, Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We are closed for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. We also have them in the foyer that is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.