Fifteen Inspiring Qualities of Leadership
by Craig Lock
Are you a leader of men (and women)? At least, do you believe that you have
leadership potential? Do you WANT to be a leader, or a follower? If
you want to be a "'great' leader of men", here are a few thoughts on the
When we think of the word leader, we usually immediately
think of the concept of POWER. Your great passion might be to become a
leader. It will certainly give you power - not within yourself necessarily,
but over others. (Do you have a "Napoleon complex" - to lead "for it's own
To be a leader, first you must really WANT to. A great
DESIRE is the key here. You must be really "hungry" for the position and
pursue leadership with great determination - with all the means at your
disposal. That is, using all your powers, qualities (see below) and
potential. With a strong DESIRE you will, as long as you have the following
personal leadership qualities:
1. Unwavering courage.
3. Always keeping a sense of justice (and fairness) towards
4. Definiteness of decisions.
5. Leaders have a clear
vision of the future they wish to CREATE. All their decisions are in
alignment with their over-riding objectives and move them in this
6. Definiteness of plans (ie. a grand sense of PURPOSE). A
leader then works their plan by putting it into ACTION.
7. Leaders are
BELIEVERS: Firstly in themselves and in the Universe's plan for their lives.
They have a strong sense of destiny.
8. Leaders have a habit of doing
more than they are paid for. Effort and sacrifice gets them to a position
of authority in the first place.
9. A pleasing personality (my saving
grace to get me out of my frequent scrapes, deep in the "smelly brown
stuff"!). People LIKE the people they follow... and will do anything to help
for great inspiring leaders (even to death).
10. Empathy, sympathy
and understanding. As the Spanish (and my dear mother) would say, "being
'sympatico'" towards other people, by taking their feelings into
consideration. This is the difference between "thinkers" and "feelers".
Thinkers are logical, analytical types, who usually do well in business.
Feelers, like me, are far more emotional and creative people ("unbalanced"
perhaps?). What type of person are you?
11. Mastery of detail.
I'm hopeless on that one; so need plenty of help in that area. I'm
a "grand picture person", who has no idea of the number of bolts needed to
build my bridge. I would never walk on it after finishing it
12. Willingness to assume full responsibility for one's
decisions - no matter what may go wrong!
13 ("lucky"). Co-operation
(full) with others in seeing one's plans, the grand vision come to
14. Leaders are PASSIONATE people, who live with great
enthusiasm. Eliminating options will help you find your passion, your niche
in life by initially pointing you in the right direction. I've been
using the process of elimination for years and years and I'm
slowly getting there. At least I think so! If you don't know your passion,
knowing what you don't want is a step in the right direction. I've worked
out, that I don't really want to be a "leader" - preferring "to quietly do my
own thing" in writing books, that will "make a little difference in the world
by reaching out, touching and hopefully even inspiring others. That is
"me" and what makes me happiest. Many years after writing those words, I
still don't feel any great, nor definitely an overwhelming desire, or
"calling" to be such a person as a leader... but just feel "called/destined"
to quietly work away at sharing my various writings to hopefully inform, help
and encourage people (and perhaps even inspire) around the globe through
the internet... but who knows what God has in store for my life! (written
originally in Nov 2002, but it's now March 2004). Time marches on...and waits
for no man.
And finally...and most importantly,
leaders have great INTEGRITY. Vitally important! * So after reading all that,
you still want to become a leader. Good! You're a brave person who will
go far; because, I believe, there is a definite lack of
"quality inspirational leadership" in today's societies - throughout
the world! I strongly believe that today's "chaotic" world desperately
needs people with VISION, effective leaders to make a difference, a better
world? Where is another Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther-King to stand up for
what's RIGHT, no matter the consequences... with ultimate integrity - to
build bridges, rather than barriers between peoples... to see distant
horizons, rather than borders in this incredible and still beautiful world of
Enough "waffling", Craig...time to end off...
want to be a follower...or a leader... Just work really hard in ALL areas of
your life, doing your very best; then submit fully to God's plan for
YOUR life, in seeing the "big picture", when things go wrong, as they
often do down the "river of life". I truly believe, that if we are open to
SPIRIT, we will be led and be used in amazing ways that God wants. Just pray
and meditate for direction and TRUST God, or whatever you understand the
Divine to mean to you personally: whether, the Universe, Great Spirit, the
Ultimate Source, Life, Infinite Intelligence or Higher Self
for guidance... and in the stillness, silent (yet extremely powerful)
words WILL be spoken to your heart and to the depths of your soul. Sounds
really "airey/fairey" that "stuff", Craig (but it works for me!).
you all in finding, then following your personal "purpose, calling or even
destiny in life".
"Live the vision of what you are CAPABLE of
5 Power Keys For Leadership Success!
Did you know that... you can successfully handle most leadership challenges with just 5 simple strategies? By focusing your attention on these critical areas you can empower your the opportunities hiding within your vision, new venture or project plans.
Simple Steps to Leading Better
Leadership is all about channelizing the skills and abilities of
your subordinates towards the designated goal. A leader always encourages
the team, keeps it focused on the main objective, nourishes individual
talent, and gives due credit where it belongs.
Use Words Of Wisdom For Motivation And Encouragement
of wisdom are golden nuggets of communication that have the power to do many
things. These expressive phrases can be used to provide support and
encouragement and to help build confidence. They can prompt us to do things
better and may spur us on to new levels of success.
7 things you can do to reach the success you truly desire
need to work hard and make a commitment to your personal success plan, but
once you break the inertia you will find that small achievements will help
you gain momentum, and each step forward will attract more success.
The various books that Craig "felt inspired to write" are available at: http://www.bridgeniche.com/southern-african-experience/index.htm