Strong leaders recognize that their self-belief starts from within. They are responsible for their actions and words. They develop a natural and positive self expression, a genuine confidence that is not false bravado. They meet challenges by sharing their ideas and solutions without blame, judgment or criticism. Others are comfortable following their lead, and wish to follow the leader’s example of developing a clear compass for achieving great results.
1)Leaders make mistakes. When they do, they quickly apologize and don’t nitpick the facts. Then, they simply follow through and deliver the newly negotiated agreement on time.
2)Experience is the key to understanding. Everyone has thoughts, opinions and feelings about a situation or person — normally a reflection of their unconscious biases. Conscious recognition and experience require taking responsibility of one’s own perception, and developing compassion for others. Compassion does not imply agreement, but it does develop the depth of soul needed in a true leader.
3)Leaders are able to work with a wide variety of people and situations by relying upon their strengths, and managing their own weaknesses. Leaders who stay focused on the human and material sides of a project are able to elicit the best in others. They are developing breadth in their own skills and the skills of others at the same time. Their success is repeatable. They enjoy celebrating their successes, and the outstanding results of others.
©Jeannette Seibly, 2010