Leaders – not bosses

By Kathleen Quinn Votaw via cobizmag.com   Article

Grow leaders—not bosses

“Many would argue that in large part our visionary leaders have gone missing, leaving us with bosses and bottom line managers at the helm of our organizations. If it’s true that great leaders are not born but made, how do we go about making them to fill this gap?

Warren Bennis, eminent scholar, author and father of leadership, … said, “The process of becoming a leader is similar, if not identical, to becoming a fully integrated human being.” Both are “grounded in self-discovery.” …

What defines a great leader? Professor Bennis, who saw today’s leaders as too focused on extravagant compensation and quarter-to-quarter earnings, defines successful leaders as:

  • Having a guiding vision to accomplish their mission
  • Possessing the strength to persist in the face of setbacks or failure
  • Bringing their particular passion to the job or action
  • Communicating passion in a way that gives hope and inspiration to others
  • Having integrity
  • Thinking independently and with ‘contextual intelligence’
  • Understanding their flaws and assets and never lying to themselves about them
  • Showing others understanding, kindness and respect (not just toleration)
  • Being curious, daring and willing to take risks and try new things
  • Embracing errors as learning experiences
  • Making no room in their lives for hubris and arrogance”
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