On a one to ten scale, if 10 was highest, how would you rate yourself, both as a person and as a leader? How is your attitude? Is it positive, marginal or negative? Do others want to be around you? Are you truly self- confident, without merely being egotistical? Do you possess absolute integrity? Do you motivate others? Who sets the agenda, you as the leader or your followers? Do you dare to have the courage of your convictions? How about inner strength? Are your goals and your visions clearly identifiable and worthwhile? While all of us are healthier when we think of ourselves as a 10, leaders must strive for that lofty rating, and do all they can do deserve it.
1. Do you have a positive attitude? Do you use adversity as an opportunity, or do you let obstacles become problems? The best leaders exclude even using the word problem, but rather view obstacles as challenges to overcome, and look ahead to future challenges rather than dread future problems. Is yours a can- do attitude, or do you letter outside circumstances and naysayers defeat you?
2. Do you draw others to you by your behavior, demeanor, attitude and aura, or do you tend to drive them away? When you enter a room, do you positively influence others around you towards positivity and good, or are you negative? If there are adversities, do you lead or run for cover, take responsibility or blame others?
3. Are you self-confident, while remaining modest, and avoiding egoism? Do you possess the inner strength and fortitude that empowers you to move forward, and take timely action? Do you trust your judgment? Are you consistent?
4. Do you possess absolute integrity? Before answering that too quickly, integrity combines conscience, words, actions and deeds, judgments, attitudes, consistency, honest, trustworthiness, etc.
5. Do you motivate others by your own behavior? Motivation is more than simply motivational words, but true effective leaders lead by example, because there is no greater motivator than when someone notices a leader that leads by example, and walks his talk!
6. Who sets the agenda? True leaders always set the agenda for an organization, always being guided by the needs of the organization, and the goal of providing value to the members and the group, as well as having an essential vision that sets goals to accomplish to better serve the organization's mission. In my over thirty years of working with thousands of individuals in leadership positions, I have come to realize that when someone says they will create an agenda based on what others want, those people are simply not leaders, and unless they change their perspective dramatically, never will be either.
7. Do you have the courage of your convictions? Do you dare to take action, even if you realize that some others might disagree, argue and oppose your positions? Ate you always led by your conscience, and do you dare to take action when lesser individuals continue to procrastinate?
8. Do you have an essential vision, and are you willing to articulate it clearly, motivating others to adopt it as their own? Do you set and express short term, intermediate term and longer term goals? Do your visions and goals lead you to a vibrant action plan, with a realistic and motivating time line along the way?
Are you the 10 that a great leader should be, and always devotes himself to? Or are you merely satisfied with being adequate and getting a passing grade, that perhaps you determine to be a 7? An adequate leader is generally a mediocre leader, and if one does not think of himself, with good cause, of being both personally a 10, as well as a 10 as a leader, he generally will not be as successful as a great and effective leader wants to be.
Be a 10!
Richard Brody, with over 30 years consultative sales, marketing, training, managerial, and operations experience, has trained sales and marketing people in numerous industries, given hundreds of seminars, appeared as a company spokesperson on over 200 radio and television programs, and regularly blogs on real estate, politics, economics, management, leadership, negotiations, conferences and conventions, etc. He has negotiated, arranged and/ or organized hundreds of conferences and conventions. He's a Senior Consultant with RGB Consultation Services, an Ecobroker, a Licensed Buyers Agent (LBA) and Licensed Salesperson in NYS, in real estate.
Richard has owned businesses, been a Chief Operating Officer, a Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has a Consulting Website ( http://tinyurl.com/rgbcons ), and his company PLAN2LEAD, LLC's site ( http://www.plan2lead.net/ ), and can be followed on Twitter