A description of leadership, and a list of ‘must-have’ qualities and habits that successful leaders possess.
What is Leadership?
What does it mean to be a leader?
Leaders inspire change.
Leaders are courageous.
Leaders always have time for people.
People don’t have hope, but they need to have hope. Leaders bring hope that lies within a purpose – something that people can sincerely believe, and work patiently for it to come true.
We should ask ourselves, “Is this purpose really true, right, good? Is this what I want to become?”
The purpose is to find meaning in the somewhat imminent future (few months to a few years). This purpose requires some time, effort, and maybe even some $$$ to reach it.
We need a small group of people working together as a team to reach our purposes in life. Part of your choice is in the people you associate with. With the right combination, one can achieve great things.
We all need to feel like we are an important part of something larger than ourselves. (This is why some people join street gangs.) We have a responsibility to ourselves to choose what we want to become and make it happen. To this end, a leader offers a viable and wise course of action.
It is necessary for one to agree and follow the leader of a group, in order to be a part of a group. So we should ask ourselves, “Can I trust this group of people? Can I trust this leader? Can I sincerely believe what they believe?” If trust is not important, then why not join a street gang, just to find hope and purpose in life?
Do I have value? What is my value? Who am I? How do I maximize my self-worth? A leader offers answers to these questions.
Ideally, the whole system is greater than the sum of its parts (i.e. 全 > Σai). For example, a well-functioning corporation uses individual people’s talents and skills working together to produce very complex products. But sometimes, 全 < Σai . For example, a very bad marriage. A good leader attempts to maximize the total value and output of the enterprise.
Leadership Qualities and Habits
- A leader is creative and resourceful
- Sees beyond the current state of affairs.
- Identifies and applies useful and unique approaches and solutions to problems, even when they are presented from other sources.
- Can be relied on to solve difficult problems independently.
- A leader is tolerant of ambiguity and change.
- Resilient in finding alternative “Plan B” methods, and implementing them smoothly.
- Deals with unresolved situations, frequent changes, delays or unexpected events calmly and with clear reasoning.
- Maintains a mature, problem-solving approach while dealing with conflicting priorities, interpersonal conflict, positional differences, hostility, hazardous conditions or time demands.
- A leader possesses self-discipline, credibility, and personal integrity.
- Possesses exceptional qualities of time-management and self-control.
- Uses their knowledge in problem solving, planning and creating change.
- Demonstrates ethical standards, credibility and integrity that exemplify the mission, vision and values of the group.
- A leader understands the political environment
- Possesses a sharp sense of discernment, which keeps him informed of the socio-political climate.
- Works in a way that is mindful of the political dynamics of state/local government and communities.
- Uses political savvy and influence consistent with the policies and priorities of the group.
- A leader demonstrates “Systems” thinking.
- Understands that systems of people working in cooperation need a leader to unify them under one purpose and coordinate their interactions to achieve a robust efficiency.
- Understands that organizations are interdependent and that a change to one area of the organization could affect operations in other areas.
- Understands how each piece contributes to the whole, and how the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts (全 > Σai), and can make adjustments accordingly.
- A leader thinks in a mature way.
- Leaders take time to look at the details. Leaders can see all the dirt, but they take action to clean.
- Sees behind the scenes to the inner workings.
- Can focus on the most important and crucial elements, and find ways to accomplish these, so that the main enterprise can be fulfilled.
- “Seeing is not believing, believing is seeing!” (This is faith. Generally, “good” people have faith in a positive direction, and “bad” people have faith in a negative or a selfish direction.)
- A leader navigates within the organization (“networking”)
- Recognizes the importance of stakeholders, timing, and group dynamic processes in the way they influence decisions.
- Identifies support and resistance.
- Adjusts strategies to fit the organizational climate.
- Has well-developed skills in confrontation and communication, especially concerning the political environment.
- A leader takes risks.
- Considers abstract risks, such as the cost of opportunity, and the cost of inaction.
- Knows when and how to question and/or challenge the status quo.
- Learns from both successes and failures.
- A leader recognizes and develops staff potential
- Understands the value of communication and places a high priority on developing professional relationships with staff, labor organizations, coworkers, colleagues and the community.
- Perceives the strengths and weaknesses of individual employees, and ensures that each person is in a place/position where they can shine.
- Makes a personal commitment to career development activities that ensure leadership succession.
- A leader is realistic.
- Knows limits/boundaries/goals/purposes.
- Is willing to ask for help when necessary, and knows the right person to ask.
- Doesn’t set goals that are past limits. Knows that excellence and perfection is a valuable goal to work towards, but is not really attainable.
- Knows how failures can affect the overall morale of people.
The Moral Application Of Leadership
- Foremost, a leader needs to keep the project on schedule, under budget and directed towards the original goals.
- A leader is responsible for making the group achieve the goals that were set beforehand.
- A leader needs to make decisions for the group, and take responsibility for those decisions.
- A leader needs to assign tasks and arrange divisions of labor.
- A leader needs to distribute responsibilities appropriately and reinforce them.
- A leader needs to keep up the general morale of people. Never fail to appreciate even the most humble employee, or express a heartfelt joy over the successes of even one person.
- Task Que: (feat. Sarmad Hasan): Top 10 Leadership Qualities That Make Good Leaders (February 13, 2017)
- Σ Frame: The Trump Look (June 15, 2018)