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Although effective leadership requires tremendous inner fortitude, courage, self – confidence, self – assurance, and personal strength of character, there is no place for tyrannical leaders. Great leaders maintain all of these positive characteristics and strengths, while maintaining the flexibility to adapt and adjust when necessary. True leaders know when they must admit they are wrong, or have gone in a less than optimal direction. They exhibit the courage to welcome change and to do what is needed to right the sheep. While they must lead by example, and must stand up for their beliefs, and take timely action while acting from strength and exhibiting strength, they must do so in a manner that instructs others but does not demand, that motivates others while never trying to inhibit anyone’s independence. Abraham Lincoln said, “You cannot build character by taking away a man’s initiative and independence .
1. Being a strong, visionary and activist leader does not mean that one refuses to admit that he does not know it all. While tyrannical leaders generally have the attitude of my way or the highway, leaders that have a positive and progressive impact have strong and vital visions, clear cut goals, a desire to provide value, and take timely essential actions. However, the real difference is often that while the inflexible leader refuses to recognize that there are are other ways to proceed (other than his way), the great leader looks at the bigger picture, and while he has a preferred course of action, he welcomes other points of views and ideas, recognizing that no one individual has all the answers (or especially the only answers) .
2. No one enjoys being wrong, or making a decision and taking an action that does not work out the way he desires and hopes for. Our most effective leaders, however, always subordinate their egos, and humbly listen effectively to see how he can do a better job, or attain better results. However, it is important for us to realize that this is quite different than the wishy – washy leader who is afraid to ruffle feathers, and therefore simply goes along with the crowd. Impact – oriented leadership is always about doing the best job and getting the best results, while maintaining one’s absolute integrity, never taking his eye off the final target. A great leader, therefore, balances flexibility with strength .
You are not a leader unless you lead, however. Therefore, while a leader must lead the way and set the course, following a vision and prioritizing his goals, he must be able to admit when change is needed, and be flexible enough to make adjustments .
Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has professionally run events, consulted to over a thousand leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for over 30 years. Rich has written three books and well over a thousand articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website http://plan2lead.net and Plan2lead can also be followed on Facebook http://facebook.com/Plan2lead