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The Leadership Thread

Postby Shapley » Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:34 pm

We seem to be talking about leadership on two or three different threads. Therefore, I decided to add another.

What are the qualities that you look for in a leader?

Who are the people, past or present, you consider great leaders? What about them makes them great leaders?

Does one need great accomplishments to be a great leader, or is the act of leadership in and of itself enough to make a leader great?

V/R

Shapley

Please note, I will try to refrain from 'tearing down' any choices of leaders posted here. I want to know who they are, and why, not to debate their greatness.
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Re: The Leadership Thread

Postby Shapley » Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:55 pm

I guess one question I should add: Is a great leader great because he inspires a great number of followers, or is he great because he inspires people, whether in large numbers or small, to do great things?

I think a leader is great if he inspires towards greatness, regardless of how few he may inspire towards it.
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Re: The Leadership Thread

Postby Haggis@wk » Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:21 pm

Shapley wrote: I think a leader is great if he inspires towards greatness, regardless of how few he may inspire towards it.


That sounds more like a definition for a cult......
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Re: The Leadership Thread

Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:56 pm

1. Really good hair.
2. Acceptably regular features. Distinguished-looking, even. Memorable, at the least.
3. Public speaking ability helps a lot. Speeches are important.
4. Being tall helps.
5. Good luck. And good timing. And good press.
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Re: The Leadership Thread

Postby BigJon@Work » Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:20 pm

Conveys ideas well
Doesn’t demand more of me than he is willing to do himself. He has a lead-from-the-front, in-the-trenches mentality, even if he can’t be there in reality, due to his position
Open to proof that he is wrong
Humble and contrite when proven wrong
Effusive with praise and spreading around the glory when successful
Keeps secret agendas so secret that I never know they are there
Doesn’t let s#!$ roll downhill
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Re: The Leadership Thread

Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:11 pm

6. Character

(That's a summarization of most of BigJon's list, except for the "conveys" item that would kindof fit under my speechification item. I'm a shameless idea thief. I admit it openly.)
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Re: The Leadership Thread

Postby Serenity » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:24 pm

1. Inspires others to act for the same or supporting cause
2. Clear sense of purpose or commitment to a cause
3. Focused on results
4. Works well with others
4a. Listens to what others are saying
4b. Encourages others to better themselves
5. Acts/ behaves according to one's inner values (stemming from self-knowledge and self-awareness)
6. Optimistic
7. Sense of humour
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Re: The Leadership Thread

Postby Trumpetmaster » Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:02 am

1. Honesty
2. Integrity
3. Fairness
4. Presence
Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
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Re: The Leadership Thread

Postby jamiebk » Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:35 am

Trustworthy
Loyal
Helpful
Friendly
Courteous
Kind
Obedient
Cheerful
Thrifty
Brave
Clean
Reverent
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Re: The Leadership Thread

Postby shostakovich » Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:36 pm

There's a story about an honored newscaster who was asked to explain his success. The answer could well apply to a politician. "Honesty, sincerity, integrity. If you can fake those, you've got it made."
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Re: The Leadership Thread

Postby analog » Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:11 pm

1. Competence, enough basic knowledge in the field that expectations are reasonable.

2. Humility, enough that authority does not swell the head, yet confidence enough to make a decision.

3. Personableness, what Captain Bligh is portrayed as lacking. Perhaps it's kindness; not to be confused with weakness.

4. Integrity - consistent and fair.
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