21 October 2014 0 Comments

Leadership Part 7

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More on the aspects of Positive Attitude required of leaders.

Maintaining a Positive Image

Making decisions is part of a leader’s responsibility.  Som

e will be popular; others will not be.  When those tough decisions need to be made it must not affect your positive attitude.  The leader must move forward in a totally positive manner.  To do this they must research all facets surrounding the matter and then proceed with a passionate, positive approach that spurs on their followers.

Leaders must stay the course believing that their plan will work.  They must not waiver.  They must believe that they will succeed.  At the same time they must be flexible.  They must also be prepared for defeat…as hidden as that preparation might be.  They must reevaluate their position as events change over time.  Leaders must anticipate the best and be prepared for the worst…with a contingency plan should the worst happen.  They must be willing to change when change is called for.  When change is required it must be done in a forthright manner that does not suggest a weakness.  Change is not bad.

Leaders learn from their mistakes, admit them and move on.  They are willing to make unpopular decisions and to stand behind them, but when shown to be wrong, they put it behind them and move forward with a positive attitude.

Change is to be expected…it can’t be avoided…it’s often good.  The role of a leader is to study change and determine how change could affect previous positions taken.  Failure to consider such a study; refusal to adapt to reality can result in an overdose of positive attitude that can be as detrimental as a lack of positive attitude.

Reality-vs.-Ostrich Act

“How are things going?” is a frequently asked question.  It is similar to “How are you?”  Do you ever get an answer other than “Great!” or “Fine”?  If you do, it’s probably more than you want to know.  A hypochondriac is apt to tell you of every ailment, perceived and real, that he has experienced in the last 10 years, with the current cold being the most debilitating.  Who cares?!

But those who always answer in the affirmative to “How are things going?”, and who truly believe their answer, might be performing an ostrich act.  Ignoring problems is not the direction taken by leaders.  There is a time to get real!  The true leader learns that honesty is the best policy.  The true leader also learns how to deliver that honesty in a way that will be palatable—and even welcomed—by followers.

Worse than a head-in-the-sand reaction by a leader is one that is so intense that the leader’s immediate cadre decide that the leader needs to be protected and placed in a bubble.  This leader has become so dogmatic in his beliefs that no one dares to approach him with the truth…with reality.  As I write this, Russia’s Putin falls into this category.  It will be interesting to see how that works out.    I call them Bubble-boys.  Bubble-boys always tell you that things are great!  Everything is fine; in fact it couldn’t be better!  Not to worry that their whole world is falling apart.

Next…moving on to the third element of Leadership:  People Skills.

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