Introduction to: Think Like A Leader

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There are many definitions of the terms leader and leadership. Historians, scientists, theorists, researches, scholars, and practitioners from many fields of endeavor have identified countless characteristics and traits of good and successful leaders. However, in spite of all of these efforts, no single definition, no universal list of attributes, and no all-encompassing metric for quantifying…

REALITY #31: Perceptive leaders always consider the effects of lifespan development on their leadership teams.

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In any group and on any team, there is often unintentional conflict brought on by variants in lifespan development.  Simply stated, lifespan development is how people grow and change as they pass through the various stages of life.  The major stages i.e., infancy, childhood, and adulthood, are generally understood.  The many sub-stages and how individuals…

REALITY #30: Situationally sensitive leaders are aware of and act effectively to reduce efforts to downgrade or subvert the truth.

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In most circumstances, the truth is its own best defender.  It’s trusted and respected.  If left unaltered and unmanipulated, the truth holds its own, and prudent leaders let it do just that.  They respond to questions and challenges with the best and most current information available.  Sincere efforts to gain genuinely desired answers to legitimate…

REALITY #24: Leaders are accessible.

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In her effort to build on the long-term success of a particular manager and his division, the new chief operations officer, began a somewhat informal, yet very purposeful, review.  His division has a workload similar to the others, and his consumers are in no measurable way different than those served by other divisions.  His education,…

REALITY #23: Socially conscious leaders respect and maintain reasonable rules of engagement.

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The freedoms of dissent, protest, and expression are bedrocks of a free society.  These fundamental rights have and always will carry with them certain equally basic obligations.  To be reasonable, dissent must show deference to opposing views, and it must be free from intimidation and threats.  To be meaningful, protest must be peaceful, purposeful, and…