Commentary

March 27, 2012

Good foundation must for leading

Maj. Michael Blowers

In its simplistic form, leadership is defined as getting others to do what you want. Those who follow this thought process typically revert to using conniving tactics to persuade their followers. Many view this as a shortcut to leadership and find it being an ineffective way to lead, without any long-term value.

To build a solid leadership foundation, you must take the long view and consider how your every action will affect your ability to lead in the future. To build trust with your followers, you must act with integrity.

Leading with integrity means doing what you say you will do. Leaders frequently get themselves into trouble when they make commitments without thinking. By listening to what is being asked, and acting only on what you truly intend to, your integrity with your followers will increase.

Along with doing what you say, effective leading means you are supportive in delegating responsibility. Leaders fail in delegating responsibility when they fail to part with control and reach back prematurely to regain. To be most effective, leaders need to be supportive and shoulder some of the responsibility of their followers.

Responsible leaders are servants to their team and their organization. Responsible leaders are quick to recognize two key tasks that they must fulfill in any new leadership position: the vision and the execution.

It’s the leader’s responsibility to communicate to everyone what the organization stands for. With the absence of clear guidance and direction, confusion and doubt will set in and pave a path to failure. Just as




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