I have seen some fine leaders….

by Rod Smith
  • If plans derailed they were quick to listen in order to understand rather than to blame.
  • They searched for solutions not problems.
  • They understood their weaknesses and did not try to conceal or deny them.
  • They wanted to learn and were open to learn from anybody.
  • They were often not the installed or appointed leader of the business or community.
  • They were not easily fazed or frazzled. They understood that few immediate crises possess the power to topple a healthy organization.
  • They regularly outlined the big picture, the long-term goals – they set the direction.
  • They knew people by name and used names.
  • They authentically and publicly praised good work. They said “please” and “thank you” a lot.
  • They looked for ways to serve and did so when it was necessary and not to make a show or make a statement.
  • They held confidences. If they talked about others behind their backs it was only to offer praise for work well done.
  • They micro-managed themselves, only. They trusted themselves and could therefore trust others.

 

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