NBLC thinks about leadership a lot. Especially when there seems to be such a need for leadership on all fronts. Here are some ideas that might help improve all of our leadership capabilities:
- Never Whine: Constant complaining is not a characteristic of leaders. “The habit follows those who lack success and feel powerless to improve things for themselves. By their very act of whining, people are admitting that they lack the competence, character, communication skills, or commitment to improve things. Not a good message to send.,” says Dianne Booher (How to act like a leader – Holy Kaw! 2/9/2012).
- Make Others Successful: No one likes self-serving career chasers. “The people you are leading can make or break you. If you focus on helping make those you’re leading a success, you will be associated with successful people. It will be a successful expression of your leadership and add longevity to it,” says William Powell, (The Leadership Advisor, 6/28/11).
- Finally, ask more questions than you answer: “With the high velocity of change in the world, it is impossible to have answers to all the important questions. Much more important is a deep curiosity about the world and the ability to frame the right questions in profound ways. The world’s toughest problems cannot be solved by you or any one organization. A leader’s role will be to bring the right people together to address the challenging issues you raise. Research demonstrates that the biggest mistakes result from decisions made by people without deep consideration of thoughtful questions,” says John Coleman and Bill George (Five Resolutions for Aspiring Leaders, 12/30/11).
Leaders of today and tomorrow are continuous improvement advocates. We applaud your efforts!