Far, too often, individuals, are, either, elected, selected, and/ or, ascend to positions of leadership, who, seem, more interested in some perception of personal glory/ power, than a recognition of the necessary, meaningful responsibilities, which must, be embraced, by a true leader! After, over four decades, of personal involvement, in nearly, all areas related to leading, from identifying and qualifying, to training, developing and consulting to thousands of actual, and/ or, potential leaders, to serving, on several occasions, as a leader, I have come to feel, strongly, the difference, between, real leaders, and the rest – of – the – pack, is, often, while a real leader, embraces personal responsibility, and proceeds, accordingly, some others, pass – the – buck, and often, procrastinate, when, being, proactive, is indicated! With, that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 5 priorities, related, to this.
1. Put organization and stakeholders, first!: Perhaps, the highest priority, is to, consistently, put the organization, and its stakeholders, first! Only, when this occurs, instead of anyone’s personal/ political agenda, and/ or, self – interest, etc, does, genuine leadership, happen! Always, consider, whether one’s strategic and action plans, align, consistently, with the group’s mission, and its best interests!
2. Seek meeting – of – minds, for the greater good: It’s not quality leading, when one proceeds, with the apparent attitude, of, My way, or the highway! There are, usually, differences of opinions, and more than one path, forward! The sign of great leadership, is, seeking a meeting – of – the – minds, for the greater good! When one unifies, the potential, for any group, to perform, at close to, its potential, is enhanced!
3. Unify, instead of polarizing: Unified organizations, nearly, always, are more meaningful, relevant, and sustainable, than polarized ones! A great leader must proceed, consistently, with an open – mind, and considering all viable options and alternatives!
4. Maintain/ demonstrate a true, positive, can – do, attitude: Stakeholders are far – more willing, to follow someone, who maintains a true, positive, can – do, attitude! False attitude, achieves little, and, is similar to, wearing, rose – colored glasses!
5. Lead by example: Nothing is worse, than someone, who, proceeds, in a, Do as I say, not as I do, manner! Only, when someone, consistently, leads, by example, are others, positively, attracted to him, and willing to follow!
If you hope to be an effective leader, you must be willing, and ready, to assume and accept the associated responsibilities! Are you up to these tasks?
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