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Friday, 26 December 2014
THE GREAT LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE
If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself. Leadership is the ability to attract someone to the gifts, services, skills and opportunities you offer as an owner, manager, or as a parent.
What's important in leadership is refining your skills.
All great leaders keep working on themselves until they become effective. Here are some specifics...
Learn to be firm but not impolite. It's an extra step you have to take to become a powerful capable leader with a wide range of reach. Some people mistake rudeness for strength...it's not even a good substitute.
Learn to be kind but not weak. We must not mistake kindness for weakness. Kindness is certainly not an act of weakness. Be kind enough to tell someone the truth, be considerate enough to lay it on the line and not deal in delusion.
Learn to be bold but not a bully. It takes boldness to win the day. To build your influence, you have to walk in front of your group. You have to be willing to take the first arrow, tackle the first problem, discover the first sign of trouble. Like the farmer, if you want any reward at harvest time you have to be bold to face the weeds, rain, sun, storm and all the challenges that comes with that field of endeavour.
Learn to be humble but not timid. You can't be an inspiring leader by being timid. Don't by any means mistake timidity for humility. Humility is a virtue while timidity is an affliction.