I have been thinking about my favorite topic, leadership, and how I envision leaders moving forward to change the world in the years ahead. Leaders are positioning themselves to be called upon in the future to bring diverse groups of people together to form bonds and friendships, which will cause people groups to resolve vital issues around the world. Working together for a common purpose is key to getting things done and creating real change.
I see reconciliation as the powerful leadership skill of the future. Reconciliation is extremely difficult. It takes fortitude, patience, conviction, and humility plus a good dose of wisdom to bring about reconciliation. It also takes deep listening. I am always amazed at what I actually hear when I listen with my heart, versus my mind. Compromise is key, and it is compromise that helps people move closer to reconciliation.
I also see a future of nurturing strong and positive relationships, which are always talked about as the one absolute that makes a person healthy and resilient. Relationships are key to developing one’s full potential. These relationships strongly impact physical health, as well as spiritual and emotional health. It is time to leave those who do not lift and embolden you. It’s not that they cannot be friendly acquaintances. It’s that you must have a group of aspirational friends surrounding you so you will soar.
So … I leave you with a few leadership qualities which I believe will help you to reach your own personal leadership summit!
Dynamic leadership qualities to strive for:
Authenticity – being true to one's own personality, spirit, or character
Relationship building – to seek out strong, healthy and positive relationships with people who support, encourage and inspire you to become the best you can be
Reconciliation – the restoration of friendly relations; reuniting, or reunion, resolving, mending; a reconciliation of each other’s differences
Resilience – the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy; too bounce back with gusto and even more strength
Goodness – integrity, honesty, uprightness, morality, and virtue are qualities of character or conduct that entitle you to be esteemed. Goodness is the simple word for the general quality recognized in positive character or conduct
Insight – the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing; it is the ability to make a good decision based on wisdom
Empathy – the ability to identify with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another; to understand another because you can stand in their shoes
Emotional gravity – serious or dignified behavior; dignity; solemnity: to preserve one's emotional gravity in the midst of chaos or uncertainty
Listening - to genuinely pay attention to someone or something in order to hear what is actually being said; to hear what someone has said and understand that it is serious, important, or true
Wisdom – the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise; being able to discern the good from the bad
Probity – adherence to the highest principles and ideals
Inventive – creating with your own imagination new ways to solve old problems and original ideas for new possibilities
Bold – courageous and daring; beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action. Strive to be bold and courageous in everything you do.
Humility – true leaders do not think more highly of themselves than others. They don’t blow their own horn but let their followers blow it. They honor the talent each individual brings to the table. Humble leaders are endowed with a lack of arrogance
Sense of Humor - laughter is the great equalizer of life and relationships; not taking oneself too seriously and laughing at the little bumps inline.
Humility - true leaders do not think more highly of themselves than others, they don't blow their own horn but let their followers blow it. They honor the talent each individual bring to the table. Humble leaders are endowed with a lack of arrogance.