what is leadership?
Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Thu, 15 May 1997 20:13:35 -0500
This is from Joan Lloyd's "Changing Workplace" column in the Milwaukee
Journal/Sentinal from 27 April. She worked with former Pres. Bush on his
recent visit to Wisconsin and she got to thinking other leaders and she came
up with the following traits which she found they all share. I've shortened
it somewhat to fit so it's not as good as the original. Hope you find it as
interesting as I did.
They have a moral compass. All truly great leaders have a strong, clear
sense of values to guide them.
They know their life's misison. They are focused & determined to pursue a
mission; that mission usually centers around helping other people rather
They have courage under fire. They are able to withstand personal
criticism. They are able to make tough decisions in spite of criticism or
loss of political points.
They have integrity under pressure. Great leaders refuse to yield to
temptations & pressures that would move them away from their personal code
They are servant leaders. They believe they should serve the people they
lead, not the other way around.
They give back to others. They help others and volunteer their time.
They're humble. Rather than arrogance and self-importance they are aware of
how quickly personal popularity can fade.
They have a sense of humor. They can poke fun at themselves. They are fun
to be around & make work seem less stressful.
They have an unspoken power that comes from influence. They don't have to
flash status symbols or throw their weight around; they don't shout or talk
down to people.
They are well prepared for their role. They have gained wisdom through life
or work experiences.
They have their priorities straight. They aren't so driven that they become
oblivious to the things that keep them a whole, ballanced person.
They appreciate and acknowledge the contributions of others as they work
toward a common goal.
Mark W. Arend
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