Characteristics of Leadership

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Chapter 2 : Characteristics of Leadership

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Proactive vs. Reactive

  • The exceptional leader always thinks three steps ahead. Working to master his/her own environment with the goal of avoiding problems before they arise.

  • Flexible/Adaptable

  • How do you handle yourself in unexpected or uncomfortable situations? An effective leader will adapt to new surroundings and situations, doing his/her best to adjust.

  • A Good Communicator

  • As a leader, one must listen...a lot! You must be willing to work to understand the needs and desires of others. A good leader asks many questions, considers all options, and leads in the right direction.

  • Respectful

  • Treating others with respect will ultimately earn respect.

  • Quiet Confidence

  • Be sure of yourself with humble intentions.

  • Enthusiastic

  • Excitement is contagious. When a leader is motivated and excited about the cause people will be more inclined to follow.

  • Open-Minded

  • Consider all options when making decisions. A strong leader will evaluate the input from all interested parties and work for the betterment of the whole.

  • Resourceful

  • Utilize the resources available to you. If you don't know the answer to something find out by asking questions. A leader must create access to information.

  • Rewarding

  • An exceptional leader will recognize the efforts of others and reinforce those actions. We all enjoy being recognized for our actions.

  • Well Educated

  • Knowledge is power. Work to be well educated on community policies, procedures, organizational norms, etc. Further, your knowledge of issues and information will only increase your success in leading others.

  • Open to Change

  • A leader will take into account all points of view and will be willing to change a policy, program, cultural tradition that is out - dated, or no longer beneficial to the group as a whole.

  • Interested in Feedback

  • How do people feel about your leadership skill set? How can you improve? These are important questions that a leader needs to constantly ask. View feedback as a gift to improve.

  • Evaluative

  • Evaluation of events and programs is essential for an organization/group to improve and progress.
  • An exceptional leader will constantly evaluate and change programs and policies that are not working.

  • Organized

  • One should be prepared for meetings, presentations, and events and confident that people around are prepared and organized as well.

  • Consistent

  • Confidence and respect cannot be attained without your leadership being consistent.
  • People must have confidence that their opinions and thoughts will be heard and taken into consideration.

  • Delegator

  • An exceptional leader realizes that he/she cannot accomplish everything on his own.
  • A leader will know the talents and interests of people around him/her, thus delegating tasks accordingly.

  • Initiative

  • A leader should work to be the motivator and initiator. He/she must be a key element in the planning and implementation of new ideas, programs, policies, events, etc.

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