Tuesday, March 24, 2009

10 Characteristics Of Leadership

1. Authenticity
After years of studying leaders and their traits, I believe that leadership begins and ends with authenticity.

2. Desire to Serve Others
Authentic leaders genuinely desire to serve others through their leadership.

3. Empowering People
They are more interested in empowering the people they lead to make a difference than they are in power, money, or prestige for themselves.

4. Guided by Heart, passion and compassion
They are as guided by qualities of the heart, by passion, and compassion, as they are by qualities of the mind.

5. Recognize their shortcomings
Authentic leaders use their natural abilities, but they also recognize their shortcomings and work hard to overcome them.

6. Lead with Purpose

They lead with purpose, meaning and values.

7. Build Enduring Relationships
They build enduring relationships with people.

8. Clear Where They Stand
Others follow them because they know where they stand.

9. Refuse to Compromise

When principles are tested, they refuse to compromise.

10. Develop Themselves
Authentic leaders are dedicated to developing themselves because they know that becoming a leader takes a lifetime of personal growth.

What does this have to do with empathic perspective? If you are able to change your perspective at will, and look within yourself (at your true self) you will discover that you have a majority of these traits. You use them every time you reach out to someone. You use them every day of your life without truly realizing how strong of an impact you have on others, and how much of a true leader you are. ^_^

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