Monday, September 12, 2005

What is (capital L) Leadership?

Hi All ~ I could use your help.

I'm trying to clarify in my own mind what it means to be a (capital L) Leader and I'm hoping you can weigh in on the following two questions:

Question #1: What are some of the words, actions, thoughts, and intentions, etc. that capture, for you, what it means to be a (capital L) Leader?

Question #2: How do you tell the difference between a real (capital L) Leader and someone who's just masquerading as one?

Now I know that a number of you who actively read my blog entries - thank you for that, by the way - are just not comfortable with posting your comments or reactions on-line. Please know that I am totally okay with that.

But, if you were ever thinking about maybe wanting to post a comment at some point, this would be a pretty excellent opportunity for you to do so. In other words, I could really use your help ... and insight ... on this one!


P.S. If you need it, here's a link on how to post a comment. Again, thanks.

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Anonymous Gabi said...

A real leader is someone who is capable of analysing and internalizing a large number of points of views on at least one given topic. He/She can put it in relation with other topics.

The person is capable of transmitting these ideas to others and to withstand argumentation. If there is no clear evidence that he/she is obviously wrong the person will follow her/his intuition and ignore external advice.

A real leader will listen to everyone and always be ready to learn. A real leader will admit when he/she is wrong. A real leader will be able to pass beyond fear and go ahead. A real leader has hence visions for the future.

He/She will be more interested in what is to come than what was. He/She will try new pathways to achieve new goals. An open minded person, allowing others to follow. Charisma, flexibility and excellence as well as hope characterize this person.

A real leader gets fully involved in one thing. They are believers!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 3:18:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Visionaries are real leaders. I think those who arent afraid to think outside of the box- push the envelope. Those who look toward creating new leaders. I have always beleived that I shoukld be training my replacement in my business, than I can move forward and progress. Leadership however doesnt just pertain to business, because really leaders are those who take life for what it is really worth and have a sense of going kicking and screaming to the grave they drag that leg behind them leaders want more and they get it.
from golfclubgirl

Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:14:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous beezee said...

Thanks to Andrea Lee for entering into a spirited debate with me on this topic!

Sunday, September 18, 2005 5:26:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Mike Sansone said...

A (capital L) Leader leads by example. They are contagious in what they believe. They exhibit more care for the needs of the team than their own personal needs.

The difference between a real L and a masked one? Look to see how many are following.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 8:29:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous beezee said...

Notice the language Mike Sansone is using to describe a (capital L) Leader - phrases like "care for the needs of the team," "how many are following," and my absolute favorite, "they are contagious in what they believe".

Excellently stated, Mike. The things that (capital L) Leaders believe in really ARE contagious.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 9:46:00 AM CDT  

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