Wednesday, July 23, 2008

7 Essential Qualities of Leadership

Raymond Yeh - 7 Essential Qualities of Leadership
Jeffrey's Note: Think you're a leader? You might be surprised. To find out, see if you possess the seven leadership qualities identified by Raymond Yeh.
"Every excellent organization bears the stamp of its original leaders," says Raymond Yeh, author of The Art of Business. "
This small group of leaders mentored a larger group of leaders that, in turn, creates a whole organization of leaders.
Great leaders translate an inspiring original vision into synchronized daily executions that make a marked difference in the world." The essential qualities of leadership are:
1. Values: All great leaders are defined by their character in terms of how well they uphold their values, such as integrity. No organization led by people who fail to talk and act according to ethical values can survive. The disastrous results of leaders failing to walk the talk have been abundantly demonstrated by corporate fiascos such as Enron, Arthur Andersen and WorldCom.
2.Dream: Great leaders create dreams that galvanize people into action. Real leaders subjugate their personal desires to a compelling vision or higher purpose with the aim of making a difference. That urge to improve, enhance, revolutionize, and better the world is what separates the great leaders from the average. A higher purpose establishes a collective identity so that people's passions are unleashed, and the organization achieves many multiples of performance when compared to the average organization.
3.Commitment: Leaders commit totally to their causes. Total commitment means they must persevere despite the sometimes overwhelming odds against them. Three necessary ingredients for preservation are forbearance, self-discipline, and courage. Leaders are highly competitive. Self-discipline, therefore, is a necessary foundation for their eventual success. Self-discipline provides consistency in a leader's behavior.
4.Excellence: Great leaders strive for excellence in their quest for mastery. As they let go of the perception of fear, they achieve confidence. John Wooden is a shining example of unwavering confidence. His confidence is based on the concentration and effort he puts into preparation, not the outcome. Such leaders have a bias for action. 5.Vulnerability: Leaders have a sense of vulnerability, knowing they need other people to help in achieving their dream. Great people, however, do not always start out great. They need to be nurtured and guided. To cultivate covenant relationships, leaders must communicate. Communication means listening as well as talking, to resolve issues and inform people.
6.Humility: When leaders truly let go, reflection becomes a natural habit, as they tend to look at the whole picture rather than just themselves. Reflection helps one to look at the whole picture and assess: What's happening? What's not happening? What can I do to influence the outcome? This kind of reflection provides insight into the big picture necessary for clarity to juggle long-term priorities and short-term emergencies. More important, such clarity allows leaders to maintain poise under pressure.
7.Peace of Mind: Leaders have a deep sense of satisfaction about what they have done to make a difference in the world. They have gained the peace of mind that comes from knowing that when their best was called upon, they delivered. They flow into their destiny with certainty and have the patience not to force their will on their environment. They have a heightened awareness of their own being.
Thank you.

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