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					           What is a leader?
• Someone who steps forward to organize
  people and events to achieve a specific
• Someone with a leadership mentality--
  strength of mind, independent thinker-- as
  opposed to aptitude?
• Someone with acquired leader behaviors
  rather than a natural born quality?
           Critical Areas of Leadership
• Communication
  – The ability to write a mission statement that lays out a company’s goals
  – The ability to articulate the principles that the company will adhere to as it tries to
    reach those goals
  – Small company--personal contact, typically strong loyalty
  – Larger company--Less contact, more emphasis on the message (words)

• Accountability
       • Accountability, responsibility, and authority go hand-in-hand.
         Micromanaging is not leading.
• Trust
       • Openness, integrity, clarity of expression--say what you will
         do, do it and get results.
                 » Source: Nation’s Business, Jan. 1999
             Leadership Qualities
• Listen--good communicators learn about the people they
  hope to influence, their needs, aspirations, and concerns.
• Prepare--Careful preparation and planning.
• Strategic Messaging--Formal, organizational, personal--
  align with core business strategies, personal values, and
• Passion--Be passionate your values and ideas.
• Use vivid language and compelling stories--Use graphics
  to enhance your message, tell a story, story telling is the
  single most powerful tool in a leader’s literary basket.
• Influence continually: Communicate with speed but also
  with a systematic and thoughtful approach.
               » Source: Leadership Communications, Inc. 2001
               Team Building
• One attribute of informal groups is rotational
• Rarely does a single individual possess all of the
  leadership characteristics needed to fill the
  various needs of the group
• The informal does not possess formal power
• The informal group’s judgment of its leaders
  tends to be quicker and more cold-blooded than
  that of formal groups
    Team building supervisory
• Cause the leader to change one or more of
  his/her characteristics
• Replace the leader with another person
• Systematically rotate the group leaders and
  key members
        – Source:
            Why set goals?
• What are your motives? What do you want
  to achieve? What is your self-worth? What
  are your strengths and weaknesses?
• What is your purpose in life? What values
  do you possess?
• Do you visualize your goals? Do you
  visualize a job well done? Do you see your
  goals already accomplished?
Measurable Objectives/ Realistic
• Do you pursue goals that are measurable
  and achievable?
• Do you pursue goals that are challenging
  but realistic?
• Do you dream the big dream but take the
  necessary smaller steps to achieve those
A Personal Strategic Action Plan
• Do you have a plan of action for achieving those
• Do you focus on the process--how you will
  achieve your goals?
• Do you know the resources you will need to
  accomplish your goals--human, material,
  financial, skills, education, timeline, checkpoints?
• Do you regroup, reevaluate, restructure, record the
  process and progress?
       Motivation, motivation
• Do you possess a positive attitude?
• Do you celebrate your successes?
• Do you reward yourself for a job well done,
  a goal reached?
• Are you focused, organized, in control,
  obtaining your goals?
• Do you practice effective time management
• Do you have a mentor/coach for positive
  and constructive feedback?
  – Disciplined people work smart, not hard!
• Do you modify or change your plans when
• Do you take action?
• Do you hold back starting because of a fear
  of failure or uncertainty?

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