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2 - 7Part 2 Reading Material From LDC II
Pre Course Reading MaterialLeadership Development Course II“Leadership the Practical Way”In ConclusionThe particular leadership style a leader uses is not as important as the situation. The mosteffectivelLeader is not autocratic or democratic but flexible - able to select a style that iscomfortable for them and suitable for the situation they are facing.The Boys’ Brigade in SingaporeLEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COURSE IITRAITS OF A LEADER“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care ofthemselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clotheyourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of theflock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. Youhave not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly andbrutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd...” (Ezekiel 34:2-5)When a study of the personalities of a group of successful leaders was conducted some timeago, fourteen traits were identified as common to the group. Possession of these traits byitself does not guarantee success, but apparently they are most desirable in all leaders. Thetraits are:1. BEARINGA man’s bearing is his general appearance, carriage deportment and conduct. The bearingof the Leader establishes the standard that affects subordinates, peers and superiors. Hiscarriage should be upright, general appearance and condition of his clothing and equipmentexemplary. His appearance and manner should reflect alertness, energy, competence andconfidence. Through the control of voice and gestures he can exert firm and steadyinginfluence over those around him.2. COURAGECourage is a mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a man toproceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness. It is a quality of mind that gives a mancontrol over fear, enabling him to accept responsibility and act properly in a threateningsituation.Courage exists in a moral as well as physical sense. Moral courage means knowing andstanding up for what is right in the face of popular disfavor. A leader who has moral couragewill admit his errors, but will enforce his decisions when he is sure he is correct.To help attain and demonstrate courage and control his fear by developing self-disciplineand calmness, he must be orderly in his thought process and take care not to exaggerateadversity. He must stand for what is right in the face of popular disagreement and acceptblame when he is at fault.3. DECISIVENESSThe leader should be able to make decisions promptly and to state them in a clear, forcefulmanner. Many situations have more than one solution. The wise leader gets all the facts,weighs one against the other, and then calmly and quickly arrives at a sound decision.

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