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
– 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, responsibility, and authority go hand-in-hand.
Micromanaging is not leading.
• Openness, integrity, clarity of expression--say what you will
do, do it and get results.
» Source: Nation’s Business, Jan. 1999
• 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
• 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
• Replace the leader with another person
• Systematically rotate the group leaders and
– Source: Accel-team.com
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
• Do you pursue goals that are challenging
• 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?
• 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?
» Source: dynamicleadership.com