Tuesday, January 20, 2009

5 Requirements For Every Leader... (Part 2)

2. COURAGE

The leader isn’t necessarily the first to identify an opportunity. The leader is the one who has the courage to seize it, initiate, to set things in motion, to move ahead.

“Leaders are not always the first to see the need for change, but they are the first to act. And once they move away from the pack, they are positioned to lead.”

Courage establishes leadership. The average person fears stepping into the uncertainty & risk of a new opportunity, the leader fears missing out on that opportunity.

Three expressions of courage

1. The courage to say NO.
-Often the reason that we will not say no is because we are afraid... of disappointing people, being passed by, missing out on an opportunity.
-The ability to identify and focus on the few necessary things is a hallmark of great leadership.

2. Courage to face current reality.
-Thou shalt not... pretend, turn a blind eye, exaggerate, shoot the bearer of bad news, hide behind the numbers, ignore constructive criticism, isolate thyself.
“An accurate, insightful view of current reality is as important as a clear vision. Unfortunately, most of us are in the habit of imposing biases on our perceptions of current reality.” -The Fifth Discipline

3. Courage to dream.
Dream big and dream often. “Dream no small dreams for they stir not the hearts of men”
Our fear to dream usually stems from our fear to fail.