Are you a cop-out, drop-out, hold-out or all-out?

by | Jul 9, 2012 | Leadership

I was recently reminded of one of John Maxwell’s powerful analogies. While observing leaders, he identified four different groups:

1. Cop-outs: These people set no goals and make no decisions.

2. Hold-outs: These people have beautiful dreams, but they are afraid to respond to challenges because they lack the self-confidence to overcome difficulties.

3. Drop-outs: These individuals clearly define their goals, and, in the beginning, they work hard to make their dreams come true. However, when the going gets tough, they quit.

4. All-outs: These are the stars. They want to shine as an inspiration to others. Once all-outs have set their goals, they never quit. Even when the price gets high and the challenges mount, they’re dedicated. Their ‘can-do’ attitude carries them to greatness.

While reflecting on John Maxwell’s groups, I began to think of another group I have noticed, I call them the…

5. Try-outs: These people keep trying out different goals and dreams because they are not sure what they really want. They often live in accordance with the social mirror and live their life based on other people’s rules. They frequently feel frustrated, dissatisfied and unfulfilled.

What kind of leader are you?

Maybe a more appropriate question is “Who do you choose to be today?” How do you choose to approach your future? It’s up to you! You can…

“be the difference that makes the difference




NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’