Perfecting Your Leadership Qualities

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Perfecting Your Leadership Qualities by Kathy Simmons Leonard Ravenhill in "The Last Days Newsletter" tells a thought-provoking story. A group of tourists in a quaint village approached an elderly man sitting beside a fence. In an effort to learn more about the history of the city, one snobbish tourist asked the old man, "Were any great men born in this village?" The old man replied, "Nope, only babies." And so it is with leaders in the workplace. Although they have several qualities in common (and their ultimate success depends on how finely-tuned these are) nobody is born with perfect leadership ability. Furthermore developing these skills is unquestionably difficult, which explains why there is a multitude of managers in Corporate America; few of which can honestly be called leaders. To be a true leader requires deep commitment. You cannot complacently wait for insight to hit you unexpectedly. Rather, you must intently observe effective leaders, along with doing a considerable amount of personal research on the topic. You’re off to a good start with reading this article! The results of your focused efforts, of course, will pay off in spades. Your staff will benefit tremendously. After all, they deserve a great leader, don’t they? Your company will reap the rewards of having a team of employees whose efforts are maximized by a stellar leader. In addition, YOU will gain a great sense of accomplishment that comes from being a proactive leader. . .rather than a run-of-the-mill manager. Following these tips will have you well on your way for making the transition from manager to leader: Stick to the basics - and remain consistent! Leadership effectiveness is impossible without consistency. One group of managers I know constantly laments the way their departmental strategy changes depending on which management book their boss is currently reading. His intentions are good, and his flexibility is admirable. There is just one problem: his staff is thoroughly bewildered and virtually rendered ineffective by his incongruent style. One month, he is in a high recognition mode. The next month, he chooses a "crack the whip and make them work harder" mindset. Talk about confusion! Every leader has an approach that is unique to them. Don't change your personal style radically - after all, it got you in a leadership position. Modify the rough spots but take care not to confound your staff by displaying inconsistency. Your expectations, though subject to modification based on ever-changing business needs, should remain as constant as possible. The business world is confusing enough without you adding unwelcome surprises into the mix. Keep things simple and consistent.
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  • Spring '14
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