The Ideal Leader

If I could be the ideal leader, I would:

  1. Have a strategic, virtuous goal that does not diminish the value of someone else’s strategic, virtuous goal.
  2. See that my goal may be part of someone else’s (or societies), even bigger goal.
  3. Be able to see reality through the eyes of many different people who would have very different perspectives than myself.
  4. Create a compassionate space where other people would be encouraged to also see reality through other people’s eyes.
  5. Build relationships based on respect and listening, and these relationships would build a foundation of trust and a willingness to collaborate.
  6. Want to have developed a reputation as being trustworthy and fair.
  7. Always keep in mind the importance of managing expectations – both mine and other peoples.
  8. Embrace creativity and spontaneity.
  9. Know that I don’t know everything and through shared trust with my collaborators, I would feel comfortable to ask questions… and my fellow collaborators would be patient with me as I would be with them. And we would all see our question and answer periods as opportunities for us all to explore the project in a new way as well as learn about each other.
  10. Remember that profits and sustainability are important, but the sustained health of people, communities and our planet are more important.
  11. Have time to reflect… and I would also know that sometimes I am confident in my goal, myself and/or my team that I do not wait for a fully developed plan.
  12. Always try to develop my team so they continue to grow and reach their personal and professional goals within our organization for as long as possible.
  13. Realize that peoples career choices and behaviours are theirs and theirs alone.
  14. See change is healthy and necessary… and inevitable.
  15. Remind myself that everyone learns and works in a way that is unique to them. Different people may need more (or less) investment… and that is OK.
  16. Remember that intrinsic motivation is almost always more effective than extrinsic motivation.
  17. Remember that if I am not learning then I am falling behind.
  18. Always be looking for an opportunity to work with and learn from other leaders.

Happy communicating, leading, mentoring and learning.

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About Bruce Mayhew
Bruce Mayhew is a Leadership Coach, Keynote Speaker and Corporate Trainer who builds strong client and co-worker relationships that give clients a competitive advantage. Our training and development programs include: ■Generational Differences ■Effective Business Email Writing ■Email Etiquette ■Phone Etiquette ■Behaviour Event Interviewing (BEI) ■Mindfulness ■Using Linkedin to Build Client Relationships ■Objective Setting Made Easy

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