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Leaders Must Recognize And Learn From SIGNS

by Richard Brody

posted in Self Improvement

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One of the significant differences between a truly effective leader, and those who are not, is whether they recognize what is going on around them, and how they respond (or fail to). Firstly, recognizing issues, priorities, needs, concerns, and circumstances, often is challenging enough, but, perhaps most significantly, the ability to transform this recognition, to true learning, and then into useful information, which one can identify pressing needs, and thus properly prioritize, is what actually differentiates between those in leadership positions. Unfortunately, in the vast majority of circumstances, this failure to even recognize the pressing SIGNS, means missing out on the most significant opportunities to make a real difference, and making the group more relevant and sustainable.
1. Signals; sustainable system: One of the most overlooked aspects in most leadership training programs, is properly identifying, qualifying, and developing the best people to lead the organization. While many skills can be trained, developed and learned, it often takes a special type of person, to proceed continuously with his eyes wide open, and aware to what's going on around him. Every leader should dedicate a specific amount of minimum time and attention, to observing and recognizing weaknesses, and responding in a timely manner. Shouldn't the goal consistently be to seek the most relevant approach, which will optimize the organization's sustainable?
2. Ideas; absolute integrity; ideology; how best to introduce and integrate one's plans: At some point, there must be an abandonment of rhetoric, and an adherence to quality ideas. Remember that someone is always watching, and consistently proceed with absolute integrity! Without being an ideologue (and thus, inflexible), develop and utilize a pure ideology of service, and paying attention to details. Once this is done, step forward, and consider the most effective way to introduce your ideas and plans, and integrate them into the organization's way of life.
3. Gather group's factions; generate goodwill; great (not merely good-enough): Every organization is composed of a variety of different individuals, with their own ideas and emphasis on specific approaches, etc. A leader must recognize these variations, and seek common ground, where various factions can unite for the best interests of the organization. Never merely blame and complain, but seek a positive, can-do mindset! It's not enough to accept good-enough, but seek great solutions and approaches!
4. Needs-centric; best niche: Open up your eyes, and mind, and proceed according to needs and priorities! There is no such things as being a one-size-fits-all, type of leader, but quality leaders recognize and realize the true niche that needs to be addressed, and focus their efforts accordingly.
5. Strengths versus weaknesses: Only by paying attention, and remaining open to alternatives and options, does it become possible to differentiate between the real strengths, as opposed to the group's weaknesses. The goal must be to embrace these strengths, while addressing areas of weakness!
Do you take the time, and make the efforts, to effectively recognize and address the key SIGNS, which should be addressed? If you really want to lead, be sure to open your mind to what's going on around you!
About the Author: Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has professionally run events, consulted to over a thousand leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for over 30 years. Rich has written three books and well over a thousand articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website: http://plan2lead.net and LIKE the Facebook page for leadership planning: http://facebook.com/Plan2lead

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