Qualities of A Leader

A friend lent me a copy of the book “Launching a Leadership Revolution” by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward.

After reading the book I wanted to write down a couple of the book’s principles to increase the likelihood that I remember and practice them in the future. 

“What you do speaks so loudly that what you say I can not hear.”

A powerful reminder of the reality of your action to speech ratio and their correlated impact.  

The book uses Abraham Lincoln as an example of someone who was famous for his ability to get along with others.

He actively pursued this skill of getting along with others, emphasis on “actively pursued” because he did not simply wake up one day inclined to this practice. In one instance, after a particular cantankerous gentleman left the oval office, Presiden Lincoln said, “I don’t like that man. I’m going to have to get to know him better.”

The tenacity to have a positive attitude towards people that may have a negative attitude a very important and admirable skill to develop. It doesn’t mean that cantankerous people have a right to your time but rather that you are going to remain positive towards them and possible future interactions. 

“Not concerned with being a star but concerned with developing stars”

A true leader is asking the question “How much recognition can you bestow on others?”

Being a leader is something that we’re all doing all the time because there are always people you are influencing and by defition, that’s what a leader does. Want to also highlight the importance of followership, which is often unjustly treated as the ugly stepsister of leadership. 

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