August 2009



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Message from Pat - Back to Basics Part Deux

Qualities of a Good Leader

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Message from Pat - Back to Basics

"I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."

~Ralph Nader

In my work I am frequently asked what the difference is between managers and leaders. I believe that we all have the capacity to lead and that managers can, and need to be, great leaders. At least those managers that are given the opportunity to display leadership skills in their positions.

Some differentiators are:

  • Leaders create change, managers react to change.
  • Leaders persuade while managers communicate
  • Leading is about effectiveness. Managing is about efficiency
  • Leadership is setting a direction, while managing is planning
  • The leader develops while the manager maintains the status quo
  • The leader has a long-range perspective while a manager has a short-range view.

Managers maintain the status quo while those who possess high impact leadership qualities take their organizations to new heights.

Few people are natural born leaders. Leadership qualities can be learned. Here are some of the qualities I think are critical in a high impact leader.

  • Maximizing personal potential. Identify your values and live by them. Find the values that your team shares with each other and live by them
  • Create a shared vision and focus. Take your followers along with you and develop a forward agenda.
  • Be innovative. Being creative alone doesn't work today. A leader must learn to be innovative.
  • Be a persuasive communicator. A leader must learn to sell the vision they have. You must help others see the vision clearly and be clear and consistent in your communication of the vision.
  • Allow open teamwork. You must enable your follower to fully cooperate and collaborate. Develop and practice a strategy for creating a team of leaders. Share respect.
  • Know that as you are the motivator and must stay motivated. Remember that what you do is about being in service to those around you. It is fulfillment through contribution.

"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." – Ralph Nader

Step into leading and play a Bigger Game in your life…don't wait…model leadership…the World needs us to do this.

Lead strong!

Pat


Qualities of a Good Leader

According to Merriam-Webster Inc., a leader is defined as “a person who has commanding authority or influence”. This definition, however, is very vague as well as void of the important individuality that each person brings to the concept of leadership. It is for this reason that the qualities of a “good leader” are difficult to define.

Each individual comes to the table with different leadership styles, experiences, and philosophies. What is important is that each leader takes the time to evaluate not only his or her own leadership strengths and weaknesses, but also the needs and dynamics of the groups with which they will be working.

The exercises here will help you to determine what leadership skills are important to you and what kind of leader you may be or want to become.

 


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Until next time, I wish you joy and fun and ease and effortlessness!

Pat Obuchowski
CEO, Chief Empowerment Officer
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Helping people step into their roles as leaders in their businesses, their communities and the world. Helping people and organizations find their "Bigger Game™".

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Pat Obuchowski is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of inVisionaria. inVisionaria is a company devoted to helping people and organizations find and achieve their vision and their voice. She works with individuals and organizations that are looking for structure, focus and accountability to set and achieve their goals. She also works with people who are ready to make big changes in their businesses and their lives and step into the leaders they've been yearning to be. People who are ready, willing and able to begin playing their "Bigger Game." No kidding. Right now.

The approach to achieve this and create this alliance is individually based and is designed between Pat and each of her clients.

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