Here is what I consider my bottom line up front, or bluff for brevity: We need the right type of leader to emerge. I haven’t seen that yet. What exactly do I mean? We need someone that will inspire us, that will challenge us, and that will unify us in a common vision of a better future.
You see, I believe that a leader combines the vision and curiosity of a dreamer with the practical engineering of a builder. A leader is goal-directed, looking forward with anticipation towards the attainment of goals. Goals give meaning and purpose to life and serve as a continuous source of motivation in the pursuit of excellence.
Positive leadership infers that goals can be accomplished, the job can be done, the problem can be solved and obstacles can be overcome. Leaders create their own future because they have confidence in themselves. This is where the future begins.
So then, who is communicating this positive vision of a prosperous future and who then continues to communicate the failures of the past; while rhetorical, I’m certain you can formulate your own images in your mind of whom you associate with these attributes.
I believe Mike Myatt, Forbes, April 2013, got it right in his articles on the 10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders. He starts like this:
“It is simply impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator.” And goes own to share some of his thoughts:
“Bottom line – The leadership lesson here is whenever you have a message to communicate (either directly, or indirectly through a third party) make sure said message is true & correct, well-reasoned, and substantiated by solid logic that is specific, consistent, clear and accurate. Spending a little extra time on the front-end of the messaging curve will likely save you from considerable aggravation and brain damage on the back-end. Most importantly of all, keep in mind that communication is not about you, or your opinions ……”
I keep hoping to hear from someone whom is believable; someone with the abilities demonstrated by the leaders depicted on the photo above.
Think about your own attributes and consider these tips to continue your leadership growth:
Character. Having a strong belief in yourself goes hand in hand with your unique perspective. Character however will define how others see you and whether or not they will trust you. not, why not?
Vision. Where do you want to go? What do you want to become? Why? Just like an organization’s vision, your personal vision should be and a compelling statement of what you intend to become and achieve at some point in the future. Vision refers intentions that are broad, all-inclusive and forward thinking. It is the image that a leader must have of its goals before he or she sets out to reach them.
Attitude. The remarkable thing about attitude is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past, and we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is control our attitude and stay focused. Your attitude is your greatest tool! Every individual and every leader represents a unique set of skills and knowledge.
I’m looking forward to the next few years as we learn and dissect this political season as it relates to leadership and as to how we view the yet to emerge leader of our future.
Jorge is experienced Executive advisor, Business and, Leadership Development Coach. Besides owning his own consulting practice, he is also a published author, and radio host of the Business minute.