Can you recognise a leader?
Theyre not discouraged
They are optimists. They know there will be setbacks, and dont mind hearing about them. They make changes as necessary, and keep moving forward.
They dont blame
They have no time to delve into who did what and whose fault it is when things go wrong. They cant be bothered with gossip, backbiting and manipulating.
Theyll take a chance and trust someone they dont know too well to help in their projects. From time to time they get let down, but theyd rather that than play safe and never get anywhere.
They grab chances
Their mind is firmly focused on where they want to go, so they notice those little chances to move a bit forward. They dont wait for the golden opportunity. They gather nuggets along the way.
They dont rule like hermits in an ivory tower. They turn up and talk to people. The more they know about whats going on, the better.
They learn all the time
Their ears are constantly attuned to anything and everything. They gain from chats over coffee, coaching, research papers, books, the Internet, and anywhere where they can find out something new.
They want others to develop too
They enjoy any plaudits they get, but they know that being a lone star wont get them where they want. They need the people around them to be skilled and effective. So they give encourage and empower others to develop to the maximum.
They know where theyre going
You cant lead into a vacuum. You have to be going somewhere. Effective leaders are clear about their vision, and the vision is their spur.
They understand that others need a direction as much as they do. They dont ask anyone to follow blindly. They have the charisma to inspire them, so they share the vision.
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