Inspirational Infusion

#93 — December 1, 2016

Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people,” that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.

— Peter F. Drucker

Greetings, Inspired Travelers!

Happy Last Month of the Year! It is my most fervent wish that you and your teams have had a successful year on all levels! And, in order to set the tone for the coming year, let’s begin the month with something we all know we must take time to do. So, pause. Put the budgets aside. Make yourself a cup of cocoa. Reflect. And, yes, assess.

Who will you promote into leadership positions in the coming year? How will you determine if they are truly qualified? Or, for the most daring … in a self-assessment, how do you measure up?

Consider that many promotions into leadership positions are based on either technical proficiencies that do not include either leadership or managerial skills, or on public displays of loyalty to those in supervisory positions. While technical competency and loyalty are both important, they do not necessarily translate into good leaders. Consider the following:

Do those you are promoting display:

Integrity in all things. In order to lead, trust must be built. And trust can only be built by someone who displays the highest character in all situations. Not some. All.
Vision for the future. Mission is about today. Vision is about tomorrow. Leaders must possess big picture thinking and transcend the routine and the selfish. A leader must be able to paint the visual picture of the future clearly and concisely.
Proficiency beyond job title. Trust, again, is needed if employees are to follow the leaders. Those who lead must be competent in multiple areas of your business and able to explain and advise beyond their own department.
Judgment without being judgmental. This is a tough one. Good leaders must use good judgment in daily and difficult situations. They also must be seen as open minded and open hearted. They must be able to shift and make critical decisions without disrespecting those who differ.

By now, you have finished that cup of cocoa and your head is probably spinning. That’s okay. You’re a leader. With a little reflection, you will make the best decision that will serve the highest good of all. That’s what you do!

And so, as you prepare to move into the new year, all of us at InspirationInProgress wish you the happiest of holiday seasons. Celebrate all that is important to you. Spend time with those you love. And give thanks.

Thank you for being a part of our inspirational family!

Be magnificent! Have an Inspirational Day!


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