21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
By: John Maxwell
13. Positive Attitude
14. Problem Solving
Character: “Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” • How a leader deals with the circumstances of life tells you many things about his character. Crisis doesn’t necessarily make character, but it certainly does reveal it. • We choose our character. In fact, we create it every time we make choices. • The respect that leadership must have requires that one’s ethics be without question. A leader not only stays above the line, between right & wrong, he stays well clear of the “gray-areas.”
Charisma: “How can you have charisma? Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are about making them feel good about you.” • I have yet to find the man who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism. • Charisma is the ability to draw people to you.
• People enjoy leaders who love and are passionate about life. • One of the best things you can do for people is expect the best of them. • Highly successful people could only see the good in people. • The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches but to reveal to him his own. • Hope is greatest of all possessions.
• As you lead people, give of yourself. Share wisdom, resources, and even special occasions.
Commitment: “People do not follow uncommitted leaders.”
• Michelangelo – “God will see.”
• The world has never seen a great leader who lacked commitment. • Law of Buy-in: People buy into the leader, then the vision. • Some people want everything to be perfect before they’re willing to commit themselves to anything. But commitment always precedes achievement. • Jordan – “Heart separates the good from the great.” • The only real measure of commitment is action.
• There will be times when commitment is the only thing that carries you forward.
Communication: “Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.” • Leaders must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. • Communication is not just what you say. It’s also how you say it. The key to effective communication is simplicity. • Speeches = Exciting opening, dramatic summary, as close together as possible. • To become a better communicator, become audience-oriented. People believe in great communicators because great communicators believe in people. • First, believe in what you say. Second, live what you say. • As you communicate, never forget that the goal of communication is action.
Competence: “Competence is the leader’s ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how – and know that they want to follow you. • Competent people come ready to play everyday, no matter what the circumstances they face. • All highly competent people continually search for ways to keep learning, growing, and improving. • The person who knows how will always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be the boss. • Quality is never an accident: it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
Courage: “One person with courage is a majority.”
• “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” • “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”
• Courage is doing...
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