Great post about leadership. Something that I love about leadership is that leaders aren’t born… they’re made.
So everyone can be a leader if they choose to be!
Continuous education is the key to becoming a great leader 🙂
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It is super stuff and splendid as usual.
The moot point in being a leader is to be centered within with internal governance. Once achieved since all it takes is 15min over a day done in 5 min three times, this should not be difficult. Once in this state be proactive and take the first step towards showing the steps to being a leader. The rest is done for you.
Yes we are talking about you and how easy it is to bring out the leader…you do what Reed has outlined and be proactive with inner governance and there are no falterings.
God speed you to your destination
A Happy 2009 to all of you and you my dear Reed
Thanks for making me a part of this and many other forums Reed
Great topic as I really know the true meaning of leadership as it can be the success or the failure of an entire business!
Hey Reed, Great article, I believe Leadership is something you are born with in your blood, I am a vertically challenged individual at 5’5, 135 lbs and I have been a Leader of Men all my Life
from Wendy’s to Domino’s and from Boy Scouts to the Army. It’s not the size of the Man that makes him a leader, It’s the Mindset and the
Intestinal Fortitude along with a boat-load of Pride and Self-esteem. In my years of Leadership
Delegation of duties seems to be the best method of control over the situation, Make them a part of the solution and not the problem, Getting them involved gives them a sense of responsibility and makes them feel as important as they really are. Have a Wonderful Day, Timothy Millar “The Leprechaun”
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Great post on leadership. I believe it’s important to remember that before you can lead anyone you first have to be able to lead yourself. For instance, you need to be an independent thinker.
Too many people are swayed by what others think. As an example, take the current economic downturn. This has been exacerbated by people being lead by the media which has done an excellent job of highlighting the negative aspects of the current recession.
However, if more people took control of how they fed their minds they would be better placed to lead themselves out of a negative situation as opposed to being drawn deeper into it.
Best wishes for 2009!
“With leadership comes great responsibility”.
How you handle this is determined on your mindset and willingness to act on decisions good or bad.
Leaders are confident in their decisions.
They will not dwell on there decision too long and are happy with their suggestions.
If you are born a leader great but if not you can discipline your self to become one.
This is the “I Can Do This attitude”.
Great post Reed. I believe a good leader must be a great follower.
If you can’t follow there is no way you can lead. In my opinion, as you follow, you lead others to where you have been.
As someone said “It is now time to shine in 2009”
Our world and communities are looking for great leaders. People with vision.
Born to be…or learnt? That is the question.
Excellent article ! My take on leadership is guiding subordinates as opposed to dictating them what to do and not to do things.
Leadership can be accomplished in many ways. Too many people think leader is same as boss. Bosses tell people what to do.
Leaders show, motivate, and pull people along.
A learned behavior.
Not everyone can be a leader, or at not everyone can think they are the leader.
Not all the time.
Even leaders need to follow.
Curt Ficenec, DC
Yes leadership always starts with yourself. It is also a continuous process. I really like your articles.
You certainly have a lot of good stuff to share.
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I hope you get some positive comments on this article of ???. You just pencilled some thoughts what a leadership should be and took some ideas who could be named as leader but failed to name one. Einstein was never a leader despite the fact that he had INFLUENCED the theory of modern Physics, you forget to name Isaac Newton without him no Einstein but was he a leader ? Da Vincy was never a leader he was a genius in several spheres he was an architekt, painter, constructor but all his ideas are never realised he did not even influence the art of painting. Leadership of a person can never submitted to an other single one. This is no politics or a voting, leadership is a born attitude of a person. I know only three who are to be named. It is:
1. Mohammed He is the only human being in history who in secular and as well in ecclesiastic succeeded and lead one of the religions of the world.
2. Alexander the great 356/323 BC the spreading of the hellenistic culture which included orientalic elements become a culture of the world which influenced the occident until the Middle Ages in Europe.
3. Michail Gorbatschow hís politics and ruling finished the communistic idea in Russia and over Europe.
These 3 I think are leaders. What your text sais is nothing else to describe how to bring your thinking into one direction to rule others.
Very nice Reed.
Part 4 of the post is my favorite… to be clear about the objective, delegate tasks and promote teamwork within your group. Good stuff.
While I think pretty much anyone can learn to be a better leader, I do believe that there are those that were just born to lead. It’s as if they know by instinct what others have to learn through experience.
The thinking mind is most supreme-The taught mind no more than machine.
I truly believe that the leaders of today are those who start having a new mindset.Leaders are not necessarily born,but truly men of great vision.We all should consider in which way all of us could lead in any given situation.
Each of us have a valuable contribution to make to this wonderful world we live in.
The most important quality needed is true guts.There are just to many that go with the flow.Leaders are those that direct the flow.
Thanks for the opportunity to post a comment.
BEN JACKSON (RESOLVE2)
Also know that the first rule of Leadership is followship. In order to be a good leader one must be a good follower. They also must be committed to developing the Leader around them through many of the avenues you mentioned, teaching, coaching, mentoring, delegating, etc.
As leaders we must be concerned about Leadership. As one of my mentors state ” A good Leader is not concerned about who’s following him but who he is following”
PS. Remember to always resolve2 accomplish your goals and dreams. Lets have “A great and prosperous time in 2009”
Wonderful and inspiring post, Reed. Leaders are visionaries; their inspiring and selfless. I always enjoy your posts.
In the art of Leadership
It furthers one to have somewhere to go.
There has been a lot of pop-business philosophy in the last few years that make it sound like every manager must also be a visionary leader. The best managers make great executive officers but are not effective leaders. The best, most visionary, leaders are often not good administrators. It is difficult to maintain focus upon the details and the panoramic big picture at the same time.
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Good Stuff. Not everyone is cut out for leadership. Many abilities can be acquired or learned. The best is leading by example.
Leadership is something really important, I have studied a lot this topic and I want to share with you how Charles Henry defines a Leader…
“A Leader is one who goes before, who keeps in advance of the crowd without detaching himself from the crowd, but so influencing them as to attach them to his ideal selfhood.
Obviously and of necessity he is a social personage who has the power of enabling other people to see what he sees, to feel what he feels, to desire what he desires. He contracts the crowd into the span of his own personality. He converts them into a composite second self…”
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I agree with Mr. Halton, it seems to be difficult to both have detail focus ability, as well as the big picture capability. These go hand in hand, and in fact constitute two of the four rivers of thought. The other two rivers are past and future. Staying in the middle, present and dynamically centered with your area of consciousness gravity there, is an art of not only thinking, but of being.
But we are human beings, made from spirit and dust, we are living examples of unity in duality, and all these things we know on an intuitive level. Only problem is that we get carried away by all the distractions and dysfunctional thinking patterns hitting us through life and social modelling. The best time management ever is forgiving and letting the past be truly passed, looking with hope to the future.
Surely, we need inventive and creative leaders, being able to think, act and live in harmony with natural patterns of consciousness. The details of these patterns, however, have not been exposed until now. That is, when I get my book finished. How we need this knowledge! I only pray that it will be used wisely…..
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Leadership starts with belief in yourself. A quiet confidence not to be confused with arrogance but a certainty of ones self and ones decisions.
All leaders are good followers as well, it is a syncretic relationship. Great post Reed!
I especially agree with 4. Leadership should be passed on to others.
If leaders do not teach others to become leaders, then very quickly the world will become short on leaders and we will have a bunch of followers with no leaders. Almost everyone has leadership abilities, and we need to cultivate those abilities and create more leaders.
Great, Insightful post as usual.
Leadership starts from within and is reflected in the way you handle & Lead yourself in thought and deed, it is encompassed by a willingness to see the “Bigger Picture” and serve others for the greatest good.
Thanks Reed for the tips on leadership,
I totally agree with all of them
and more so a leader most be able to show directions where his members must follow,
and also be able to be a worthy example his members can imitate and lastly must be able to provide motivation for his members and followers.
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This is such a great article and equally impressive are the responses your article elicited many of which I am in full agreement. I do believe that we are all leaders whether or not we realize it and take responsibility for it. We can be leading a family, a scout troop, an organization, etc. We can develop the talent and it all starts with self development. The more one understands about self, the more they understands about others.
One basic premise is that a person must be able to give themselves an order and then follow it. Once they can lead themselves, then they can lead another individual, then a group and then an organization. The key is to hold oneself responsible and then many pieces start to fall into place.
There is so much more to say which is why there are many great books and articles on the subject of leadership and your article should be added to that list.
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Hi Reed I salut your blog and many have written so good what is to say ? I think why and how could Adolf Hitler get such respond .? If you ask the woulds best leader “Jesus” he allso but only peoply we know with 110% they exist on Nr 1,Iam sorry But Adolf Hitler I have nothing i cheare with him But .He was an anormous speaker and leader 2.Ghandhi he is almost the oposit I was thinking has there newer been a good leader gandhi THANKS (i THINK HE WAS GOOD) tO BE A GOOD LEADER IT IS NOT ONLY ONE THING .i DONT KNOW BUT i HAVE PLAYED GUITAR IN A BAND WHEN YOU GET THAT FEELING PEOPLE ARE SHOUTING CLAP THEIR HANDS .i MUST SAY ITS THE BETTER THEN SEX bUT WHEN YOU DONT GET THE PEOPLE WITH YOU .ONCE SOMEONE EAT BARBECQU SPARE rIBBS AND THROW A RIB RIGHT IN MY FACE .THOSE TIMES YOU SAY NEWER NEWER AGAIN I GO UP ON STAGE.
i THINK i CAN SPEAK ABOUT NOTHING HOW LONG AS YOU WANNA HEAR .so I STOP HERE THANKS
AND a HAPPPY HAPPY NEEEEWWWWW YEEAAAR Goodbay
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Reed, interesting article on leadership sorts the sheep from the goats, from the tigers, etc. You have to work on it. Constant learning and I cannot claim any expertise to add, further to your fine article. So Happy New Year. We will all J.V. in 2009.
Reed, is East4u into the celebrative spirit off da top shelf perchance? Happy Noo Year!
Your excellent article on leadership has drawn in a lot of insights from others to learn from. Thank you so much. More power to you and more Blessings come your way & your family this coming New Year 2009.
Have a Blessed One !!
Awesome post, as always. I think one of the most difficult parts of leadership is delegation — actually letting go of the things that others can do. But, it’s so freeing when we are able to pull it off! One of the best books I have read recently on leadership is “Flight of the Buffalo”. I highly recommend it for people who are interested in learning more about participative leadership styles.
Happy New Year!
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Leadership by all means is we became role model and everybody follow us and we onlt redirect their energy to our benefit to our community, goals, achievements or any other positive thoughts to a win – win solutions.
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Some good ideas Reed. Thanks for sharing them.
There are many skills a good leader has to master and numerous styles of being a leader. And most of all we know leaders by what they do.
I wish you and all your readers great things for 2009.
Kind regards, Kerrie
Great post Reed. I believe a good leader must be a great follower.
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