10 things to understand about leaders.

I often ponder this thing called leadership and I am learning something about it every day.  Here are a few things I’ve discovered recently.

  1. Leadership is a heart matter.
  2. Every person, at some point in their life, is a leader – in something e.g. every parent is a leader in the life of their child; every teacher is a leader in the lives of those children they teach; when the fire alarm goes off at the office, there will be one person who becomes the leader and takes people out of the building.
  3. Doing the right thing, when the right thing needs to be done, is leading.
  4. Leaders go first in everything e.g. in morality, honesty, integrity – it’s how you should live your life.
  5. Leaders don’t just see what’s wrong, but they see what could be.
  6. Leaders know the difference between a vision and a dream.  A vision is where you see the picture, and you go there – taking action to achieve it.  A dream is where you see the picture but no action is taken to move towards it.
  7. It’s not about a title. You are only a leader when you lead.  Anyone can have a business card saying that their title is a ‘leader’ but if they are not leading anyone or anything at that time, they are not a leader.
  8. Often, leaders lead with a limp.  True leaders are humble, open and vulnerable.  They are aware of their weaknesses.  When leaders wear masks, their followers wear masks.
  9. Leaders are tenacious learners and will ask questions when they don’t know or understand.
  10. Leaders know that there is no separation between the public and private life they lead.

So, I ask you – do you agree or disagree with any of my points above?  Let’s discuss.

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About katehobbs

Mother to two who are now independant and living away from home. Wife to Steve, for the last 26yrs and looking forward to many more years. I have enjoyed 18 months in the Okanagan, something that I have longed to have the opportunity to do for a while. Living a dream, you could say. Now, I am interning with Living Waters Canada based in Vancouver until end of April 2013. I love to grow my own food - it tastes so much better. I also build up, train and encourage others to achieve more than they thought possible.
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