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Leadership Self-Development Journey
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you.
You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
- James Allen
INSPIRING HOPE: Nothing is as damaging to an organisation as the negative attitudes of its people. It is the leader's uppermost responsibility to inspire hope and create a positive climate.
AUTHENTICITY: A leader cannot help others unless he shares himself openly and honestly.
SELF-AWARENESS: Self-awareness opens the door to effective communication and the leader's ability to relate to others.
ADAPTABILITY: Effective leadership is more a consequence of the leader's ability to adapt well to changes than a consequence of his knowledge or experience.
SELF-REGARD: Positive self-regard is necessary for a leader in order to accept criticism, learn from it and continue leading with confidence.
CHARACTER: Leadership involves many tests of courage, resilience and morality which make strong character indispensable.
TREND/SYSTEMS AWARENESS: A big-picture view to spot trends early on and an understanding of the influences of systems and their relationships is needed for the strategic direction that the leader must give.
RECOGNITION: Leaders recognise people privately and publicly out of real appreciation for their contributions as well as personal qualities.
LEADERSHIP STYLE: Different situations require different leadership styles to be effective. Good leaders are flexible and versatile in their style.
BUILDING SUPPORT: A leader must be able to build support for his ideas and direction or else fail as a leader.
COMMUNICATION: The leader's ability and commitment to communicate with clarity and appropriateness is essential to his leadership effectiveness.
BUILDING TRUST: By being honest, open and consistent and by showing the willingness to trust the team, the leader lays a strong team foundation for the good, but especially bad times.
SELF-INITIATIVE: To be a leader is to take the initiative to make a positive difference.
BEING SERVANT: By choosing to serve and not boss the team, the leader builds them up and collectively they grow to become better leaders in service of the organisation.
SELF-DISCIPLINE: The leader's self-discipline sets the standard and example for others without which consistent performance is not possible.
LIFE-BALANCE/RESILIENCE: To sustain his energy and ability to focus, and to set a credible example, a leader needs to have good balance between the different areas of his life and model resilience.
CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE: Only by making good heart and mind connections with people can the leader hope to influence them to co-operate enthusiastically.
HONESTY/INTEGRITY: The leader is credible and ethical to the extent that his beliefs, values, attitude and behaviour forms an integrated whole.
TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS: Understanding the potential positive and negative effects of technology in the organisation enables the leader to balance human interests with efficiency.
EMPOWER: The more empowered and free people feel, the more they give to the cause. Rather than trying to control, leaders show trust in people's inherent capabilities.
SELF-CONFIDENCE: To lead requires the confidence to take the first step and have others follow you.
STRATEGIC THINKING: With the vision or goal in mind, leaders accept responsibility for the most effective way to achieve the vision or goal.
PERSEVERANCE: Leadership disappears when we give up and emerges when we choose to persevere when others would have given up.
CREATIVITY/INNOVATION: Since leaders focus on potential and imagine the future to be different, they demonstrate and encourage innovative and creative thinking.
DECISION MAKING: With firm and apt individual decision making together with skilful facilitation of team decisions the leader ensures momentum and backing for the direction taken.
PASSION: The leader does not only have to have a strong sense of responsibility, but passion for the cause.
VISIONARY THINKING: The mental picture of a desired destination, big or small, sparks focused activities and worthwhile endeavours, which is why leaders' first task is to imagine the ideal future.
BUILDING TEAM: It is in the development and performance of the team that the leader's effectiveness can be seen.
ORGANISATIONAL AWARENESS: Sufficient awareness of different aspects of the organisation, such as the reason for its existence, the history, structure and culture, enables the leader to align himself and his team effectively.
CULTURAL AWARENESS: In an age of globalisation and culturally diverse workplaces, sensitivity for differences is critical to the leader's success in mobilising people as a community.
SELF-MOTIVATION: The leader motivates himself with his personal vision, passion, potential and moral convictions.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Leadership is by definition action in the context of relationships. To ignore relationships contradicts leadership whereas building them enhances teamwork.



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LEADERSHIP TOPICS

LEADING SELF

Authenticity
Passion
Self-regard
Character
Self-confidence
Self-awareness
Self-motivation
Self-discipline
Self-initiative
Perseverance
Life-balance/resilience

LEADING CHANGE

Adaptability
Trend/systems awareness
Organisational awareness
Visionary thinking
Strategic thinking
Cultural awareness
Technology awareness
Creativity/innovation

LEADING OTHERS

Connecting with people
Building relationships
Being servant
Building support
Communication
Building team
Building trust
Leadership style
Recognition
Empower
Decision making
Honesty/integrity
Inspiring hope

 

Age-Old Wisdom

Prov 20:28 (MSG) : Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity.

We can find many good qualities in a person, but if we don't find love and truth, we will remain unmoved by that person. At all levels we are influenced by the quality of the leaders who are responsible for direction, standards and good governance at the highest level. As organisations and as society we suffer to the degree that loving integrity is absent in leaders. Let us take responsibility for the love and truth in our own thoughts and hearts, and let us support those who show loving integrity - regardless of their standing or perceived success and influence.

- Gerhard van Rensburg

 









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