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Find Out the Secrets and Myths About Leadership

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Leaders must show they care. A leader is like a battalion commander who isn’t content to read the menus but insists on going into the mess hall to taste the food. Not only does he know more about what’s being fed to his subordinates, but he’s considered a better leader by his troops. —Peter Drucker

 “The winds and waves are always on the side of the best navigators.” — Edward Gibbon, English Historian.

Leaders look beyond the current situation – beyond what is to what could be. That is why leadership is all about change. It’s why leadership is action, not a position.

Growing our leadership is also a dynamic process. It begins at the center of our being and develops in multiple directions, each represented by the timeless leadership principles described in The Leader’s Digest. This “hub and spokes” model is the basis for The CLEMMER Group’s Leadership Wheel.

Are you tired of being teased by the people around you that you are not a good leader? Have you ever tried to research good leadership? Well, everyone is not born to be a leader but has a chance to be a good one. Good leadership is started with yourself. To be a leader is not a privilege, but it is the right that we can enhance ourselves.

My high school classmate is always a part of clubs and organizations in our school. She always received the leadership award at the end of our academic year. She has leadership potential. Why? Because she always thinks about her member's wants and needs. She is strict but in the right time and place. She did what she had promised; she is a God-fearing woman. Our teacher asked her secrets why all her members follow her, but she said, " The best recipe is glorifying God and having confidence that you can manage an organization. Be honest and do what you have promised.”

Leaders also take the initiative and do what needs to be done rather than waiting for “them” (other people) to do something.

Leaders are authentic and lead by visible example, fostering openness and continuous feedback. Leaders are enthusiastic and build strong commitment through involvement and ownership.

The wheel model supplies a metaphor for situations faced by an organization. For example, just as a wheel’s weight-bearing ability depends upon the strength of its hub, so does the power of an organization’s hub (or core values) decide the weight of the performance and change issues it can carry.

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