Archive for November, 2008

Leaders value and rely on process.

November 12, 2008

So much of what a leader does relies on their ability to define, facilitate and honor the outcomes of process. Whether formal or informal, process allows leaders to take steps in taking action. Without process a leader makes decisions alone.

Whether through committee process, community process or board process, leaders who value and rely on process are much better equipped to lead the decision-making process.

Effective leaders find a way to initiate and lead process. Leaders lead through process.

Leadership is not a label . . .

November 11, 2008

Leadership is not hierarchical, situational or stylistic. It is not a position to be held by an individual over individuals. In fact, singular leaders often lack the perspective of their fellow leaders because they abide by the “Law of One”.

Leaders must trust other leaders and share their vision, perspective, issues, lessons learned, hopes and fears. They must lead with other leaders, and for leaders to lead they must trust.

Leadership is trust.

Leaders do not ask for permission.

November 9, 2008

Recently, while working with leaders from a large public sector organization who are engaged in a year-long leadership development program, I was prompted to remind them, “You do not have to ask for permission to lead.”

Too often our organization and civic cultures condition leaders to think they must ask for permission to lead, act or make change. Over time, this behavior constrains our ability to be agile, open and aware of opportunities to lead when they present themselves.

While our country is on the cusp of installing new leadership in Washington, the message to all leaders is:

1. For every leader to be effective, they must have a plan.

2. A plan implies that the leader has strategic direction and priorities.

3. Leaders must choose to be accountable and committed to measuring their effectiveness.

4. Effective leaders know that they can’t go it alone.

5. Leaders don’t ask for permission to lead, they just do it.

Democracy Prevails!

November 5, 2008

Not much can be said that is more important than what happened on Election Day 2008 in the United States of America.

Not only did we elect the first African-American President in the history of our young democracy, a momentous occasion of which all Americans can be proud, we elected a leader who has demonstrated consistently many qualities of leadership that we know and understand as paramount to successful leadership . . . and does our country need a great leader . . .  now more than ever.

Furthermore, Democracy prevailed on November 4, 2008 because many other passionate leaders at the local, state and Federal levels worked tirelessly to ensure that we could exercise our right to vote. Early voting, voting by mail and extended polling hours all helped.

Leadership and democracy matter!