There are many characteristics and qualities that come to mind when I consider the leaders in my life and the influence that they have had on my values, skills and knowledge of what makes an affective leader. In bringing together their various characteristics and qualities, I have a portrait of what an ideal leader can and should be (MoMIL [Mr. Or Mrs. Ideal Leader]). Characteristics and traits such as honesty and integrity, achievement and dependability, empathy and care instill a sense of respect. Vision, teaching skills, coaching skills, patience, drive, support, motivation, listener, and a team building; inspire individuals to grow personally and to bring individuals together collectively. In comparing MoMIL to Covey's principle-centered leader (1991) and Danzig's nine leadership powers (1998), MoMIL has many similarities.
Respect is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about MoMIL [for convenience he/she will be referred to as he]. MoMIL is an honest person, solid family values, likable, and well rounded. MoMIL is a self-made person. Granted that he has grown up with many heroes in his own life and certainly has some innate "positive characteristics" still MoMIL doesn't settle for where he is at, and he is constantly striving for betterment. MoMIL would fit into the learned leader category of Maxwell's four developmental level categories. (1993, p.1). I think being a learned leader has added to MoMIL's respect. Partly because of the "if he can do it, I can do it too" attitude, and mostly because it allows others to see what a person can make of himself. MoMIL has achieved incredible things in all aspects of his life and still is not resting on his laurels. MoMIL, by putting time and energy into focusing on values, personal goals, and outlook on life, has become a dependable and constantly growing person. MoMIL genuinely cares for himself and in turn MoMIL genuinely cares for each individual; he likes people. He is almost always seen with a...
References: Covey, Stephen. (1991). Principle Centered Leadership. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.
Danzig, R. (1998). The Leader Within You. Hollywood, FL: Lifetime Books, Inc.
Maxwell, J. (1993). Developing the Leader Within You. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publisher.
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