Monday, September 25, 2006

Want To Be A Leader: Read On

What differentiates truly outstanding leaders from average or competent leaders? It always results in a great conversation. While everyone has their own experiences and perspectives, some very strong themes have emerged. Accoridng to Mark Hinderliter, president of Abel Group, six themes have emerged as the “differentiators.”
1. Acts With Courage.
“Don’t be afraid to tell people the truth. A culture of candor accelerates everything we do.”
2. Models Integrity.
“There are no substitutes for telling the truth and keeping commitments for creating trust.”
3. Works With Passion.
-“The great leaders I’ve seen turn what their organizations do into a cause or a crusade and inspires people to want to be a part of it.”
4. Serves Those They Lead.
“Our most successful managers understand that they work for the people they lead—the ones taking care of our customers.”
5. Engages Others.“My 90-year-old dad taught me my greatest leadership lesson; to be authentic and be interested in people and connect with them at a personal level.”
“If you want people to just punch the clock, tell them what to do. If you want to do great things, fully engage their hearts, minds, and talents.”
6. Creates Clarity.
“In a world of unrelenting time pressures, lean organizations and unlimited information, clarity is power. It’s the leader’s job to create that clarity.”

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