Essentials of Leadership

Leadership consists of a number of certain essentials.  You can’t get around them.  They are like the ingredients in a recipe – leave one ingredient out and your culinary creation is ruined. 

I have seen countless models of leadership, and some of them are pretty good.  Truthfully, most of them are not. 

With that in mind, here is my modest attempt at a cogent and cohesive leadership model, which I detect has been relevant in the lives of some of the great leaders of the recent past, including Churchill, Reagan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, and George Marshall.  

This leadership model consists of the following:

  • The ability to think deeply about an issue.
  • The ability to ask the right questions.
  • The ability to craft a compelling vision.
  • The ability to execute on that vision.
  • The ability to overcome the inevitable obstacles that come to every leader – without exception.
  • The ability to have congruence between what you say and what you are. . . in a word, to have integrity.
  • And finally, the ability to groom other leaders to fill the void when you are gone from the world’s stage.

That’s the model.  Details to follow.

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