Brandau, CSP, http://www.KarlaBrandau.com
In an interview, comedian Joan Rivers was asked how she
stayed so thin and trim and the interviewer said, “Do you do a lot of
exercising?” “Oh, my Lord no,” said Rivers. “If God had intended me to bend
over, He would have put diamonds on the ground.”
When actress and screen writer, Mae West, was asked about dieting she said, “I
never worry about diets. The only carrots I’m interested in are the carats in a
Hungarian born American film and stage actress, Zsa Zsa Gabor said that she
never hated a man enough to give him back his diamonds. And she received
diamonds from 9 husbands.
Diamonds have been considered precious for centuries. Geologists say diamonds
were formed billions of years ago deep inside the earth by tremendous heat and
pressure. They have literally been around since the beginning of time and they
will last through eternity. As the title to a popular James Bond movie states,
Diamonds Are Forever, literally.
Even though they have been around forever, diamonds are rare and they are hard
to find. They come to the surface of the earth during volcanic eruptions in a
bluish substance called kimberlite.
To find these rough diamonds, you can search in the marshes, ponds, streams and
lakes near volcanos that have erupted, or you can dig deep mines to find rough
diamonds still inside the earth. However, you have to process about 22 to 100
tons of kimberlite to find one diamond. This makes a diamond very precious.
Each stone is unique and it takes a skilled technician to cut and polish the
rough stone into the beautiful diamond that sells for thousands, even millions
Application for the Charismatic Leader
Charismatic and savvy business leaders are rare. They are hard to find.
Charismatic leaders are unique, each having their own facets of strength. They
are precious because of the value they add to organizations. They become skilled
technicians as they form, develop, and polish people into productive teams.
The four qualities of diamond you can put into your life to become a more
charismatic leader are:
1. Diamond Hardness: Diamond is the hardest natural substance in nature.
It is four times harder than the next hardest substance. It can cut through any
other natural substance so it is used extensively in industry for drilling and
As a charismatic leader: When I ask you to emulate the hardness of diamonds, I
DO NOT want you to be hard to get along with, I DO NOT want you to be hard on
people; I DO NOT want you to be hard on yourself.
I do want you to equate the
hardness of a diamond with being HARDY – self-determining and self-reliant. And
TOUGH – tough enough not to fracture and break from the economic pressures faced
in organizations today; tough enough to tell the truth; tough enough to cut
through problems to solutions.
2. Diamond Clarity: Diamond has greater clarity or transparency than
any other solid or liquid substance. The greater clarity in a diamond, the
greater the value.
As a charismatic leader: We are going to translate this into clarity of
purpose. The clearer you are on the goals of your organization, your own
department or team, the greater impact you’ll have on daily productivity because
work will be tied directly to results. Daily efforts bring you and your
employees closer to successfully executing your organizational stewardship.
Clarity for your organization, department, unit or team comes from goals
setting and time management processes. Do not feel this work is insignificant
but give it the time it deserves.
3. Diamond Melting Point: Diamond has the highest melting point of any
natural substance: 6422 degrees Fahrenheit.
As a charismatic leader: When it comes to relationships, have a high melting
point and give others the benefit of a doubt. Work to raise the melting point of
discussions and disagreements. Model for your employees the ability to Pause,
Think, and then ACT. Not the reverse order: Act (often inappropriately), then
pause and think. Your goal is to replace meltdowns with dialog.
4. Diamond Conductivity: Diamond conducts heat better than anything –
five times better than the second best element that conducts heat, silver.
As a charismatic leader: The “heat” you need to conduct is positive energy
and a belief in the future. On a daily basis I encourage you to be the conductor
of optimism and hope. If you can be a positive leader, you will be as a beacon
of light in the darkness.
These four qualities of the element diamond are fundamental for you to
emulate in your leadership career. Master them, and your employees will WANT to
follow you as they give you discretionary effort, a prize to be cherished by any