Monday, September 05, 2005

Reflection on Leadership

We all know people in our everyday life that have qualities and display characteristics that we admire and seek to emulate. Those qualities are all the more evident when contrasted by those who lack them...or worse display the opposite.

Whether it be the father leading his family or the boss leading a business or a mayor leading a city in a time of disaster...one of those qualities which critical and severely lacking these days is leadership.

Below are some characteristics that that I've witnessed in persons whom I've been blessed to know as leaders:

· Have a vision
· Clearly communicate
· Listen...really listen
· Have a plan
· Wade through the muck and mire to get to the other side
· Committed
· Endure
· Persevere
· Not deterred by the critics and nay sayers
· Realize that there will always be those who are
stumbling blocks
· Don't let anyone or anything get in the way
· Find a way over or under or around any obstacle
· Don't quit...it's not in their vocabulary
· Build up
· Encourage
· Inspire others
· Speak the truth
· Tell it like it is
· Prefer clarity
· Share the glory and limelight with others
· Humble, doesn't seek recognition
· Say thanks
· Acknowledge others and their contributions
· Integrity
· Courage
· Selfless
· Ability to acknowledge when wrong
· Apologize

Any one of the above qualities would be worth having and should be sought and developed. Yeah...it would be peachy keen if those whom we need to lead would do so. You bet ya! But when there is a vacuum...first you need to look inward and see if you are displaying and living out those qualities that help make up a leader. If not...pick a few and start working on them.

Are you a better person when you go to sleep tonight, than you were when you got of bed?

Are you a leader?

If not, why not?

If not now, when?

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