5 Leadership Lessons from Christopher Columbus

This week we observed Columbus Day. An American National holiday since 1937. Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. The Italian-born explorer had set sail two months earlier. He intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia; instead, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland during the 10th century.nina_pinta_santamaria

Lesson #1 – Columbus was a risk taker….He and his sailors crossed the Atlantic Ocean, not knowing where they would land. It was a voyage into the unknown.

Lesson # 2 – Columbus was a change-agent….Explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus left Spain in the Santa Maria, with the Pinta and the Niña along side. He has been credited for opening up the Americas to European colonization.

Lesson #3 – Columbus was a negotiator…..Columbus lobbied the royal court many times and the monarchs agreed to finance his expedition.

Lesson #4 – He never gave up and did not let failure stop him…He failed to find that what he set out for originally – a new route to Asia and the riches it promised.

Lesson #5 – Columbus was a Leader – He was best known for the Columbian Exchange, his expeditions set in motion the wide-spread transfer of people, plants, animals, diseases, and cultures that greatly affected nearly every society on the planet.

RISK TAKER, CHANGE-AGENT, NEGOTIATOR, RECOVERER AND LEADER – all the ingredients for a strong business owner. Take the lessons from Christopher Columbus you will be surprised at the RESULTS!

Carol is a professional speaker, coach and educational consultant specializing in innovative leadership, outrageous fundraising, million dollar marketing, and building organizational alliances throughout the country. Carol’s creative leadership provides bullet proof ideas for recruiting MORE MEMBERS, MORE MONEY AND BETTER LEADERS to your team. www.caroltalks.com 610-442-4545 tellkids@aol.com Like Carol on Caroltalks and CarolCoaches! Carol S. Ritter, Past President, National Speakers Association Philadelphia and St. Luke’s University Hospital Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice.

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