Friday, June 16, 2017

Exemplars

I've been greatly blessed to have worked with several superb leaders.  (I've also worked for some good ones, some mediocre ones, and some dastardly ones - but this post is about the exemplars.)

What made those leaders exemplars of the art of moving others?  Here are some of the commonalities:

  • They chose to have real, meaningful, caring relationships with me.  They knew me, were willing to spend time with me, and invested themselves in my growth.
  • They asked a lot of good questions (and VERY rarely played the directive trump card).
  • They envisioned a big, better, bountiful future, and gave me lots of autonomy in the dispatch of my duties in moving us toward that future.
  • They noticed EVERYTHING and relentlessly took opportunity to recognize and express appreciation for things done well and right.
  • They were deferential to a fault, consistently directing praise toward others (and absorbing more than their own share of the blame when things went awry).
  • They exuded positivity, even on the darkest of days.
  • They seemed always to be looking for ways to serve others.
What a blessing to have worked for, labored with, learned from, and grown with those powerful exemplars of leadership.

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