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    Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

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    by Michael Kassner ·

    I’ll start. “…someone who can admit their mistakes.”

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    • #3160755

      I wish all were like this

      by stephenmoriarty ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      not afraid to get his hands dirty with the work of his employees

      • #3159633

        A Leader Should be like this

        by suraj.rajan ·

        In reply to I wish all were like this

        Who always believes that behind all his achievements there was a major role played by his hard working employees.

      • #3159551

        CMDR Roy Boehm….1st SEAL, a True Leader

        by james speed ·

        In reply to I wish all were like this

        I’ve had the honor of knowing the very first Navy SEAL, CMDR Roy Boehm. He was tasked by President Kennedy to form this elite group of warriors. He served in three wars, WWII, Korea, Vietnam with Special operations.

        CMDR Boehm is most unique idividual I have ever met. He inspires his men like no other. With him at point – I would follow him THROUGH the gates of hell itself without fear. The last time I saw him was well over 20 years ago. Recently I was able to talk to him through email – he hasnt changed a bit. Yes, and as you would imagine, still cantankerous at 80!

        What makes someone like CMDR Boehm a great leader? I believe it takes a number of things to be a TRUE leader.

        1. Integrity with his/her subordinates.
        2. Courage to stand for the truth and what is right not matter what the cost. (and in the military, to even lay down your life for your men)
        3. Care and compassion for those under you
        4. The unique ability to truly inspire your subordinates to achieve more than they ever thought they could.
        5. PRAISE in PUBLIC – CRITICIZE in PRIVATE

        CMDR Boehm has written a book called “First SEAL”, I would HIGHLY recommend reading it if you would like to see what a leader and a true Hero says about life. It may give you a fresh perspective on how to be an even better leader.

        You can visit his website at http://www.firstseal.com/

        • #3159526

          Many Years Earlier

          by observant ·

          In reply to CMDR Roy Boehm….1st SEAL, a True Leader

          During WWII, General Eisenhower walked into his war room and tossed a piece of string on the table in front of a room full of other generals.

          He said “Gentlemen, that string represents your men. Push it and it goes everywhere but where you want it to. But place one finger on the end and begin to pull and it will follow you wherever you go. … My point, gentlemen, is this: the troops are not willing to go where you are not, but they are willing to follow you wherever you lead.”

        • #3146100

          No Better Leader Than a Military Leader

          by ward_quaglietti ·

          In reply to CMDR Roy Boehm….1st SEAL, a True Leader

          Here here jspeed. The best leaders seem to have had military experience as they truly understand that respect is earned. You take care of your men and women, have good morales, and act in just cause, what follows is total dedication and loyalty by the subordinates.

        • #3147221

          Leaders from the Military?

          by aaron a baker ·

          In reply to No Better Leader Than a Military Leader

          I’ve known quite a few Military Leaders that were far more interested in showing you the fact that they were Military rather than be good leaders. I suggest that there are both good and bad on both sides.
          Nuff said on”Military Leaders” in a civilian position. It might be agood idea however for the Military Leaders to remember that they are in a “Civilian” Capacity and should therefore not expect the same level of “yes Sir/no Sir that they would get in the forces.
          The key word here is Civilian.
          Aaron

        • #3146558

          Military…shmilitary…

          by usokz ·

          In reply to Leaders from the Military?

          A leader or I should say a great manager of employees is one that knows how to handle issues not in black and white (as most former military leaders do…and yes this is from experience people!) but know how to wade through the gray areas that most frequently arise.

        • #3110803

          Military Leaders

          by aashish70 ·

          In reply to Leaders from the Military?

          I agree with the emphasis on the keyword ‘civilian’. As someone else also has put it in this chain that the leader should not see things as ‘Black and white’ but as we are all shades of Gray, some more towards Black and some more towards white, people should be dealt with similarly.
          What should be taken from the Military leaders though is the concept that the leader should be ready to ‘fight for his men’ (though not all military leaders are like that).

      • #3151549

        Sacrfice

        by minjrb ·

        In reply to I wish all were like this

        …makes sacrifices along with those who work underneath him. My director who reports directly to the CIO, (my site manager reports to a national manager and all three of us report to the director,) made it clear that he did not want a raise until everyone who works underneath him has received their raise.

        As a result, he has secured my loyalty. He could have chosen to get a raise in his six-figure income. However, he chose to tough it out like the rest of us. I thought that was very admirable.

      • #3147648

        …doesn’t have extra-marital “sexual relations” with his juniors.

        by shamusoneil06 ·

        In reply to I wish all were like this

        If the guy can’t keep a promise to his wife, then how will he ever keep a promise to anyone else?

      • #3155160

        He/She is SELFLESS, PEOPLE are IMPORTANT

        by navtec ·

        In reply to I wish all were like this

        The leader you want to follow does not ASPIRE to POWER as a result of gaining a leadership position. An wise person once said that anyone who WANTS (covets) to hold a position of leadership is automatically disqualified. No SANE person WANTS that kind of responsibility. As an NCO(SSGT E-5)had more than a few senior NCOs and Officers I served under. Always, the best leaders were those who motivated you and sometimes reprimanded you but somehow it was always in a way that made you want to do better for yourself AND the unit. They were not puffed up, did not put on aires, they were down home real people who had a power to make you WANT to follow their lead. They were not afraid to get down and dirty if needed, they would work right along with you, they led by example.

        Those who ASPIRE to leadership for the “prestige of position” and “covet power over others”, these are the ones who say “do this” and don’t have the interest to supervise or give appropriate clarification when asked because they only care about themselves (they can’t be bothered), not their people. But let something go awry and it’s everyone’s butt.

    • #3160381

      Someone

      by maecuff ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      who understands the simple truth that happy employees are more productive.

    • #3160307

      My favorite

      by cactus pete ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      …someone who knows what the people he’s leading are actually doing.

      • #3157012

        … and can do

        by rvanscoyk ·

        In reply to My favorite

        My favorite
        …someone who knows what the people he’s leading are actually doing … and can do!

    • #3160705

      Leader

      by gavaskar ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A great leader is someone who understand the pulse of his entire team, leads the team in right direction and completes his responsibilities effectively and effeciently.

    • #3160686

      A Great Leadership

      by jack_lee ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      In business, leadership is ?the ability to influence employees to voluntarily pursue organizational goals.? Leadership is one of the many assets a successful manager should possess. While management is considered a position, leadership is considered a relationship. Thus, leadership is the connection between the leader and their subordinates that makes management successful. This connection can strengthen an organization and make the work more focused and effective. Leadership is the ability to get people to willingly follow. A person who exhibits the traits of leadership is called a leader. The role of a leader is to ensure that the desired tasks and guidelines are implemented throughout the team. Since managers can not be everywhere at the same time, leaders are put into place to bridge the gap while echoing managements requirements. Because leaders are the link between the team and management, they should show compassion and understanding of the team. Additionally, due to the higher frequency of interaction with the team, leaders can speak on behalf of the team for both the positive and the negative, assess the team?s needs, and relay this back to managers. Loyalty is important amongst leaders. Team members tend to be more loyal to their leaders than their managers. In part, this is due to the fact that leaders will accept the blame for when things go wrong, celebrating team/group achievements, give praise, and credit when and where it?s due. Managers? interaction with their subordinates is less than that of leaders. A manager is one who must be obeyed; a leader is one who people choose to follow. An effective leader understands that leadership is not just a trait; it is a responsibility.

    • #3160683

      A great leader is someone who

      by srinivas malay ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A great leader is someone who “Creates Leaders Not Followers”

      • #3159596

        A great leader is..

        by ganesh ·

        In reply to A great leader is someone who

        in my younger days, I have come across this,

        One who knows, knows that he knows is a leader.

        this would include knowledge of ones ignorance too.

    • #3160681

      qualities

      by cb0503 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Apologies if this is repetition – so far every time I tried to access the existing posts, the site crashed !

      Anyway, from a non-work source – I’d be interested to see if anyone can guess what field it comes from ! It is summarised from one or more article…

      The idea of the lists is that you see how many you tick in each list – which gives you a steer on what to work on.

      Cathy

      ~~~
      Good Leadership Qualities:
      Safety / Confidence / A Plan / Knowledge / Leadership / Security /
      Clarity / Fun / Incentive / Consistency / Direction / Caring /
      Understanding / Dependable / Empathetic / Calm / Adaptable / Flexible /
      Patient / Trusting / Respect Fearless / Clear / Motivated /
      Resourceful / Inventive / Imaginative / Empowering / Aplogetic / Goal
      oriented / Focused / Mentally Athletic / Solutionary / Problem solver /
      Persistent / Courageous / Predictably unpredictable / Predictable

      ~~~
      Bad Leadership Qualities:
      Frustrated / Upset / Inadequate / Confused / Unconfident / Mad / Sad /
      Ashamed / Embarressed / Ignored / Insecure / Disempowering /
      Perfectionist / Boring / Intolerant / Impatient / Discounted / Unclear
      / Unsolutionary / Dull / Rigid / Goal oriented / Blaming / Fragile /
      Easily rattled / Scared / Frenetic / Nagging / Unpredictable /
      Predictable / Lack of knowledge

      • #3159491

        Excel Checklist of Qualities

        by contradancer ·

        In reply to qualities

        Thanks for your post. Based on it, I created an Excel checklist of the qualities with columns for each day of the week. I’m going to try using it at the start of each day as a reminder of what to work on. I don’t see any way to attach a file to this post, but if anyone would like the file, just drop me an email and I’ll send it to you. My email address is: luvtolearn@comcast.net

    • #3160661

      Keeps the cr@p from rolling downhill.

      by mckinnej ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A good leader absorbs, deflects, or rejects non-productive work so that his/her people can focus on getting the job done. You may not realize how important this is until you are in the opposite situation. It can sap the life out of a great team.

    • #3160657

      Brindizz

      by rbrindis ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Manages the big picture while delegating the details.

      • #3160630

        A great leader:

        by bill.affeldt ·

        In reply to Brindizz

        Is someone who creates an environment where I know the vision and goals, am given the empowerment to acheieve them and truly enjoy pursuing them.

    • #3160611

      Leadership is demonstrated, Management is dictated.

      by tmecimore ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A great leader is someone who will be followed willingly. A mediocre leader is one whi is followed be of mandate.

    • #3160560

      Someone who

      by keji ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      inspires others to achieve and become leaders in their own right also.

    • #3160495

      Quote from Gandhi

      by rohini ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A quote comes to mind-

      I must catch up with my people for I am their leader – Gandhi

      I wish to keep this philosophy in mind when managing people.

    • #3160494

      A Great Leader inspire others to greatness…

      by dcrum1 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Someone who lives in the present and yet envisions the future. Being humbled and encouraged by the past he or she is able to reach heights previously undiscovered.

      The individual is a pioneer of sorts. Forging ahead through the rock and the clay hills of life. Plowing through the fields of opportunity with the greatest expectation of the soon coming harvest.

      Instead of excepting “what is”, there’re always envisioning the possibilities. They inspire others to greatness.

      • #3159017

        Level 5 Leadership.

        by jgarcia102066 ·

        In reply to A Great Leader inspire others to greatness…

        Author Jim Collins covers the attributes of a Level 5 Leader in his book, “Good To Great”. I think it’s a great definition of a leader, worth mentioning, here.

        Level 5 leaders:
        – Set up their successors for even greater success in the next generation.

        – Display a compelling modesty, are self-effacing and understated.

        – Are fanatically driven to produce sustained results.

        – Display a workmanlike diligence – more plow-horse than show-horse.

        – Attributes successes to the team and takes responbility for the failures.

        This book primarily deals with ascertaining how companies went from good companies to great companies. The primary reason for defining the Level 5 Leader in the book is to point out that at the pivotal point that a company went from good to great, there was a Level 5 Leader at the helm that displayed all of the attributes listed above.

        • #3159581

          on Level 5

          by luca ravazzolo ·

          In reply to Level 5 Leadership.

          Hi joe:

          yes Jom Collins had a nice research and insights
          and I like dit too.

          One overall important aslect of leadership -nevertheless,
          is about knowing oneself.
          A leader has to be aware of who he is, where he comes from and what he really wants.

          If he inwardly aware of his feeling and reasonsing and outwordly aware of what it’s expected by him and HOW he needs to move & motivate people
          togethre with a tension to the future (innovation etc.) I think you can have a quality leader.

          The other aspect of leadership and generally of comunication is CONTEXT.
          Understand your context: business, enviroenmnt, communication hiearrchy, people around you,company systems & rules, yuo bosses and your subordinates
          and move accordingly.

          FYI another paper I found extremely insightful on leadership was Samuel Goleman “leadership that gets results” by HBR where he argues that there are 6 leadership styles and that ALL teh successful leaders they reviewed where able to adopt more than one… (coercive, authoritative,affiliate,democratic, pacesetting and Coaching).

          I guess one has to be diplomatic too although keeping his/her eyes on the objectives.

          ciao 4 now!

          Luca

    • #3160402

      Leads by…

      by todder ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Example and is not afraid to get their hands dirty. Would not ask people to do anything he/she would not do.

    • #3159010

      has people working WITH them….

      by geekchic ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      not FOR them.

    • #3158921

      realizes that he is a…

      by onbliss ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Leader.

    • #3158915

      selfless in service to those he/she leads.

      by jay.rose ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Servanthood of leadership must be felt, understood, and practiced in order to be faithful to those we lead/manage.

      Leadership…

      …has nothing to do with power…
      …is balancing the needs of the people with the needs of the organization…
      …is one-third inspiration and two-thirds perspiration…
      …is a human trait, not a mechanical trait…
      and
      …requires a leader to be vulnerable in order to allow growth in others.

      this was all part of my “command philosophy” when I led men and women in the military – it works because I believe in everything that I have written and practiced it diligently – my experiences in corporate america have been less than successful using this philosophy…

    • #3158897

      It’s not easy…

      by dawgit ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      a truley effective leader is one who is not missed when gone. (ie. People are doing, what they are suposed to do, the same as if he were there, a true team)
      One who never, ever, has to say “I’m in charge”! If you have to say it, you’re not.

    • #3158855

      I’ll add

      by pwilson ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      learns from their mistakes and empowers workers….

    • #3158802

      A great leader is one who can. . . . .

      by maxwell edison ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      ….get others to do what they would rather not do in order to achieve something they want to achieve.

    • #3158786

      Great leader

      by ontheropes ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Someone who gets the job done no matter the cost to themselves.

      Good leader. Someone who gets the job done no matter the cost to their followers.

    • #3158752

      A great leader is someone who MOTIVATES

      by rizwan.haq ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Leader is some one who injects potential to followers and made them to work which they conisder difficult in normal time.

    • #3158706

      Rudyard Kipling

      by jardinier ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      [IF]

      If you can keep your head when all about you
      Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
      If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
      But make allowance for their doubting too,
      If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
      Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
      Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
      And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

      If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
      If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
      If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
      And treat those two impostors just the same;
      If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
      Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
      Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
      And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

      If you can make one heap of all your winnings
      And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
      And lose, and start again at your beginnings
      And never breath a word about your loss;
      If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
      To serve your turn long after they are gone,
      And so hold on when there is nothing in you
      Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

      If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
      Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
      If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
      If all men count with you, but none too much,
      If you can fill the unforgiving minute
      With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
      Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
      And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

      • #3159817

        Thanks

        by dawgit ·

        In reply to Rudyard Kipling

        for the refreshing journey back into wisdom.

      • #3159398

        That sounds just like. . . . . .

        by maxwell edison ·

        In reply to Rudyard Kipling

        …..President Bush.

        • #3159266

          A serious question

          by jardinier ·

          In reply to That sounds just like. . . . . .

          which is not related to your opinion of the character of George Bush, but to your unwavering loyalty to him.

          Quite some time ago — it may have been 18 months or more — there was a discussion about the US Constitution and the sovereignty of the individual.

          In that discussion it was stated/declared/argued that it was the duty of every American to give their full support to whoever held the office of president at any given time.

          So my question is: if Kerry had been elected instead of Bush, would you have supported him 100 per cent as you have done with Bush, and in the future maybe, Hillary Clinton?

        • #3159492

          Thank you Maxwell

          by jardinier ·

          In reply to A serious question

          Your silence speaks volumes. However please feel encouraged to answer the question if you feel that I have misinterpreted your lack of response.

        • #3113179

          The only thing my “silence” says. . . . . . .

          by maxwell edison ·

          In reply to Thank you Maxwell

          …is that I didn’t see the message.

          I don’t always check-up on every message that I posted in every discussion in which I’ve participated. Believe it or not, Julian, there comes a time when I simply don’t visit my discussions anymore, and/or I don’t really care to see if anyone replied to one of my messages. Unlike you (obviously), I’m not always chomping at the bit to see who posted a reply to something I said. The only reason I saw this one, is that I visited the IT Management section to check another thread I was interested in, and noticed this discussion as one I once posted something to.

          To answer the question that you falsely assumed I was avoiding, let me put it this way. If any American president, regardless of party affiliation, gender, hair style, race, religion, sexual orientation, or anything else, approached the war on Islamo-Fascism in a manner that suggested, “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore”, and waged that war as vigorously as possible, regardless of where it might take us, regardless of whatever criticism from whomever might result, absolutely yes, I would support him, her, or it. Unfortunately, I don’t believe for a second that the current crop of anti-war Bush-haters would feel the same hate and opposition if Kerry or Clinton was doing the exact same thing that President Bush is doing. They WOULD support their guy.

          Why in the hell is it so hard for you to understand that I passionately believe in the cause, which is the war on Islamo-Fascism, which the entire world has been ignoring since the early 1970s, and that I want to face it with the full might and focus of the United States — and FINALLY, for whatever reason, we have a president who IS doing something about it? Actually, Julian, in my opinion, we’re not doing enough! Why in the hell do you always make these stupid false assumptions? Why in the hell aren’t you smart enough to read what I say, not read into what you think I said? I really have to wonder about you sometimes.

          Julian, I’ll debate you any time, anywhere. Why in the hell do you always come across as smug and condescending, and make such stupid assumptions as you just did? I’ve proved you wrong so many times I can’t keep track of them all. I’ve shown so many flaws in so many of your arguments, that you usually resort to running away, refusing to read my messages, but still posting your smarmy replies on occasion. Get real!

          By the way, you didn’t reply to the content of my message either. Should I assume that “your silence” speaks volumes? Although I didn’t ask a specific question, the fact the I saw President Bush in your very own Rudyard Kipling quote seemed interesting enough to solicit a response. (Although I didn’t really care enough to check back, did I?)

          By posting such a definition of leadership, you must secretly believe that President Bush is a “great leader” because:

          He keeps his head when all about him
          Are losing theirs and blaming it on him,
          He can trust himself when all men doubt him
          But he makes allowance for their doubting too,
          He can wait and not be tired by waiting,
          Or being lied about, he doesn’t deal in lies,
          (Note: The “lie” about “his falsely alleged lie”)
          Or being hated, he doesn’t give way to hating,
          And yet he may not look too good, nor seem to talk too wise:

          And on it goes….

        • #3155174

          Navy Veteran says…

          by mgordon ·

          In reply to A serious question

          Leadership is not management. Good leaders can be awful managers, and vice versa. A good leader is wise enough to have a few good managers in tow.

          I served in the Navy during Democrats, Republicans. Generally speaking, and IMO, Democrats do not understand foreign policy or the military. Republicans understand both, but tend to be weak on feeding the poor. Since the military is not interested in feeding the poor, by and large the military prefers Republican Presidents.

          The Commander-in-Chief (President) has HUGE impact on the performance and morale of the armed forces. Any person whose ambition and motivation is, or appears to be, selfish (ie, Ms. C) is not going to get much support or performance. Oh, the military will obey orders, but that puts a huge burden on the President to THINK of all the ORDERS correctly. This happened during Jimmy Carter’s reign; he micro-managed the military with disastrous results (failed hostage rescue, crashed helicopters in Iran). President papa-Bush, on the other hand, engaged an experienced General to kick the Iraquis out of Kuwait and left the strategy and tactics to the military. The result was impressive; almost disappointingly “textbook”. By doing so, “leadership” was shown at several levels — Bush established the vision and policy, but actually doing it was left to General Schwartzkopf, who in turn demonstrated excellent leadership using methods that many readers have already described.

          There is no “leader” if nobody is following. If you want to know what leadership is, look around and see who has a large, willing “following”. Then try to figure out what is pulling the crowd.

          Some things seem evident: The leader must KNOW THE WAY. He or she is *leading*. The leader must convey a sense of confidence: “I know the way, you are better off following me as compared to someone else, or going off on your own.”

          What it takes to actually do that varies. I was taught six leadership styles in the Navy; each having a purpose, a time and place to use it. People that complain about the military were not in it long enough to enjoy the benefits of good leadership. It is fairly rare; but it is even more rare in civilian life in my opinion.

        • #3155985

          A Conundrum

          by observant ·

          In reply to A serious question

          You pose an interesting question, Jardinier. On the one hand, we have Billary or John “I have a plan” Kerry as a potential president. On the other hand, the military have taken an oath “to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic…”

          Just as a side note regarding the Constitution and freedom of speech, during the Clinton (Bill) administration, military officers were threatened with a courtmartial if they were to speak up against their “superior” officer. Currently, we have military individuals harping against “W” yet we see no such form of retaliation.

          A leader not only leads, but he/she is big enough to accept criticism. So as far as support goes, yes, those in (or us veterans of) the military will obey the lawful orders given by the president. There is nothing in the oath of enlistment that says we have to give 100% support. We are still free to disagree but with decorum. The fact that “Bill – depends on what your definition of is is” was NOT a leader, was reflected by the huge attrition of military during his watch (outside of those he basically fired through defense cuts).

          Leaders do NOT raid the homes of our citizens (Waco or Ruby Ridge ring a bell?) and shoot mothers holding their children. (And don’t go down the path of Iraq since you aren’t there and only receive the Left-wing media slanted version).

          Leaders do NOT lie (under oath or otherwise), do NOT commit purjury, do not commit treason by aiding an enemy country like North Vietnam, do NOT turn their backs on their troops (a la Murtha), or cowardly hide their faces a la Al Qaeda.

          Yes, the military will obey the orders of the President whoever that may be. Unfortunately, there will be much fewer that will do so willingly under your choices.

        • #3159424

          AMEN!

          by james speed ·

          In reply to That sounds just like. . . . . .

          I totally Agree

    • #3159880

      Is someone who___________

      by johns ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Never, ever asks his people to do something he would not do himself.

      • #3159866

        Here’s another quote…

        by jclark ·

        In reply to Is someone who___________

        (1b) Mark 10:41-45 = Matt 20:24-28
        10:41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

    • #3159759

      Stands up for his troops

      by too old for it ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Whiney CxO or whiney customer, a great leader never, ever blames it on a subordinate nor [i]*shudder*[/i] hangs a subordinate out to dry.

    • #3159743

      A great leader is someone who

      by the admiral ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Don’t care what others think, don’t care for the Monday morning quarterbacks, and uses the following formula to devise another persons opinion:

      Opinion + (opinion*-1) = 0

      Since an opinion is what those who are not inside the fold create when they do not have the facts, the opinion does not count.

    • #3159726

      Does the right thing at the right time consitantly

      by jkaras ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      everyone can make a decision, but only someone great makes them most of the time, or a person that redefines others in a positive way of thinking that benefits mankind. example Ghandi.

    • #3159721

      Rapid Responder

      by jchaire ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Someone who appreciates that everyone responds differently to different management techniques.

      Who gives positive feedback and is observant of the overall mood at work and takes steps to correct things when they’re wrong.

    • #3159711

      Someone who

      by tonythetiger ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      realizes that leading sometimes requires following.

    • #3159300

      The Mark of a Great Leader

      by aaron a baker ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Is in his/her ability to get everyone functioning as one team.
      Even more important is to make them feel that although he/she is the Boss, she is very much a part of that team and can be counted on as a team member.
      This is what brings people together, not Superiority or Godliness but the ability to make then know that you are with them every step of the way.Secondly and certainly equally important is the sense of fair play. If the team get’s the idea that all are special and no one supercedes, it goes a long way towards creating an atmosphere of “We’re all in this together”, which is crucial if one if going to function as a Team. I have had quite a few bosses who had no problem rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty,just to help me out and believe me, my level of respect would shoot right up there.This is the kind of leader that I could work for and with.
      By the way, the last Boss I had was a Woman and I can honestly say, she was the best Boss I’ve ever had.
      Regards
      Aaron

    • #3159638

      knows how to earn respect……

      by welshbilly ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      knows how to earn respect and support thier employees.

    • #3159593

      …someone…

      by nitin_mishra2k3 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      …who knows the way, shows the way, goes the way

    • #3159529

      Says what he means, and…

      by razoredge ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Does what he promises. Leads by example with integrety, honesty and compassion.

    • #3159528

      Says what he means, and…

      by razoredge ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Does what he promises. Leads by example with integrety, honesty and compassion.

    • #3159421

      Leaders

      by tig2 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Are honest with their teams about the goals of the activity, maintain their integrity regardless of the issue, are known by their actions to be of moral mind, and defend their teams.

      Other quailites are the ability and willingness to stretch out of the comfort zone of “business as ususal” and chart a new path when called for.

      I heard a very successful business person say that you can love your employees or you can pay them. If you choose to love them, you must be consistant in loving them because when consistancy is lost, loyalty goes with it. If you choose to pay them, you had better pay them well and often because money is an insufficient reason to stay where you are not loved.

    • #3161360

      A great leader is……

      by imalguy ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A greatleader is somweone who is not afraid to admit to the people that report to hom tha t he is wrong…

      A greatleader is somweone who is willing to roll up his shirt sleeves to lend a hand when needed…

    • #3147045

      Empowerment

      by fonegirl ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Empowers their team to make decisions.

    • #3146868

      A great leader is someone who…

      by ole88 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      can take a joke for crying out loud!

    • #3146835

      A great leader is someone who_

      by emmbe1 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      is also prepared to fulfill the menial chores.

    • #3146796

      brings out the best in you, the one

      by schamb_hrd ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      qualification being that there is some good there in the first place.

    • #3146355

      A great leader is someone who

      by kgromley ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      learns as much from his students as they teach.

    • #3146330

      The main difference

      by mike_h ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A “Boss” says “Go get ’em!”
      A “Good Leader” says “Let’s go get ’em!”

    • #3146103

      ___ mentors his/her team, not controls them

      by mandrake64 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Having been an automation development and support team leader for many years before a recent reorganisation of our business, I have taken great pleasure in mentoring many of my team members and then watching them chase their careers across the globe.
      There is great satisfaction in this process, and no, it does not come easy. You have to really trust that your team members understand what is being asked of them, know their stuff and can rely on you for support and guidance without them feeling like they are being controlled.
      You can still drive for high performance without being an ogre.

    • #3146089

      Winston Churchill

      by yobtaf ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      “Popular leaders must keep their ear to the ground to know what
      the public is saying. It is very hard to look up to a person in that
      position”

      I am paraphrasing because I couldn’t find the exact quote.

    • #3146071

      Simple truth

      by travelingit ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Well know business philosopher Peter Drucker defines leadership as “Doing the right things”. Leadership is about managing relationships, establishing a culture of respect and building teams. A quote that I will always remember is ?Leadership is always easier in a crisis? This is so because there is a defined purpose and direction.

    • #3147797

      A great leader is someone who

      by falysi ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      praises subordinates in public, critiques in private.

    • #3147292

      A Great Leader Is Someone Who…….

      by trekon86 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Has self-confidence, but is not cocky,
      Leads, does not bully,
      Knows when and where to step in/draw the line,
      Is friendly and congenial, but not a wallflower,
      Has experience with team coordination,
      Does not let hotheaded or know-it all types push him/her around,
      Receives and utilizes advice as well as gives it,
      And, as stated above, does not hesitate to admit mistakes when clearly wrong.
      PMZ

    • #3146713

      heres a twist

      by drichar ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      knows when to follow

    • #3146701

      Leadership = Influence

      by ajohnston ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A great leaders is someone who develops a following, transmits a worthy vision to the next generation, and leads with character and by example. If someone claims to be a leader but has no following, they are not YET a leader (though they may be headed in that direction).

      A great leader is someone who reads John Maxwell’s books…(just kidding! not necessarily. But, he is one of many great thinkers on leadership)

    • #3146634

      …collaborates, rather than simply delegates.

      by kilbey1 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      …collaborates, rather than simply delegates.

    • #3146633

      A great leader is someone who-

      by patriotpen ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      leads by example, humbly admits his/her mistakes, and is always part of the solution instead of being part of the problem

    • #3146569

      General Montgomery

      by tags66 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      “My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”

      ? General Montgomery

    • #3157027

      Don’t be a roadblock

      by scifiman ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      …someone that points the troops in the right direction and then gets out of the way.

    • #3157020

      Is someone who

      by eprichard@chrysalis-shelt ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      can get his people to follow him and agree with him and make them think that no matter what he is right and yet still be liked.

    • #3157017

      A leader is someone who …

      by rvanscoyk ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A leader is someone who knows who is
      following him.

    • #3156975

      knows when to get out of the way

      by gabrielbear ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      this can mean the parent who says it’s ok to ride your bike to the neighbor’s,
      or the client who hires professionals for a branding campain and when they tell him who he is, he believes them.
      but that likweise means a great leader needs be observant enough of how well people know how to ride a bike….:-)

    • #3156955

      has employees who like to come to work.

      by belmosan ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Title says it…nothing to add

    • #3156813

      A great leader…

      by popi8it ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      has people following him (or else hes just out taking a walk)

    • #3156703

      I’m thinking of a leader as a boss

      by trmartin ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      one who treats all employees equally across the board, without favoritism, regardless of his/her subordinate’s stature in the organization.

      I think I had a dream about this type of person one time, for they truly do not exist in the real world.

      • #2496308

        Someone who doesn’t cut and run!

        by rbell ·

        In reply to I’m thinking of a leader as a boss

        ~Honest ~Competent ~ Forward-looking ~Inspiring ~ Intelligent ~Fair-minded ~Broad-minded ~Courageous ~Straightforward ~Imaginative

        Well these traits eliminates about 99% of our elected officials!

    • #3155349

      Next

      by itaot ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      …. leads you without you being aware that you are being led.

    • #3155185

      provides a clear focused vision for his followers to fulfill

      by seanallison ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Assumes integrity of course.

    • #3155115

      A great leader is someone who …….

      by gnx ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      can read the company policy on necrophilia with a staight face and answer questions about it.

    • #3155107

      reconizes the potential in others

      by tgawel ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A good leader recognizes the potential in others and inspires others to grow to their fullest potential.

      They lead by example and would not ask other to do what they would not do themselves.

    • #3156139

      leading

      by sinbad66 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      “…listens so well that each person coming out of the meeting with the action plan thinks it was her/his own idea.”

    • #3144663

      Locomotion

      by donho ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A great leader is someone who realises that the driver doesn’t take the car anywhere. It’s the car that takes the driver.

    • #3144640

      Insipires by example instead of Dictating…

      by btljooz ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Someone who has the patience to teach CALMLY.

    • #3144527

      A great leader is someone who

      by cliff6 ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      LEADS BY EXAMPLE,,,,!

    • #3144155

      I will follow

      by pmoleski ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A thought from a former exectuive I worked with applies in this case.

      Anyone can be a manager when things are going good. We find out who the leaders are by looking at those who continue to be successful when things are tough.

      The leader is the peron others will stick with and follow through the bad times.

    • #3164831

      two lines of answer

      by radobson ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      1. Sets and maintains high standards
      2. Leads by personal example

    • #3144027

      Is a dealer….

      by email_quick ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A great leader is a dealer….someone who deals with issues (technical & personal), deals with motivational aspects, deals with promotion of camaraderie and positive spirit, deals with the art of listening and paying heed to subordinate suggestions, deals with conflict negotiations, etc.,…

    • #3211675

      A great leader is someone who_________

      by nees ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A great leader is someone who knows who they are, who knows why they exist, and who loves to serve themselves to the right audience.

      Fill their need, and they’ll be back.

    • #3279055

      People person

      by angry_white_male ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Looks forward to staff meetings… takes time to talk/socialize with his employees… delegates… empowers… extroverted…

    • #2496451

      Serves the people they are leading

      by johnolson ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A great leader is someone who serves the team(s) by making sure they have what they need to get the job done.

      Each team is different so this means they have to do different things for each team. However, as long as it is the leaders goal to do what is necessary to let thier team be great, the leader will be great.

    • #2496436

      Is not an a-hole

      by why me worry? ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      which many managers in IT just happen to be

    • #2496333

      FellerRoy

      by felleroy ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      Is NOT a Psychopath, sociopath, workplace bully and mobber.

    • #2496280

      A great leader is someone who… is a Great Listner and a Visionary

      by satha arumanayagam ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A leader needs to be visionary, who is humble enough to listen patiently but also have the courage to go against popular thinking to do what is right.

      She/he has to then have the ability to convince the teams about their thinking and have them all singing off the same sheet and marching to the same tune..

      You often find leaders paying “lip service” to this core principle – but are often driven by/ or succumb to self interest and being popular “nice gal/nice guy” syndrome.

    • #2496267

      …respects others.

      by borginva ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      A great leader is someone who respects others.

    • #2483261

      shares the vision with the workforce

      by lasersteel ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      and then works along side and with them (yes, a leader can do this as well as lead) and encourages “the whole team” to take ownership, responsibility and accountability for delivering the end result. (Military leadership aside of course, as that works differently through chain of command and military doctrine)

      There are many visionary leaders who have great ideas for the future but can’t impart sufficient (or any) detail or substance in a manner that allows the worker bees to grasp what is needed to deliver the end result.

    • #2612188

      A great leader is someone who___________

      by felleroy ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      is NOT a psychopath, sociopath, or narcissist even though the behaviors are popular. Don’t we all feel sorry for those poor psycho types. 🙂

    • #2449704

      A great leader is someone who___________

      by gopal saini ·

      In reply to Fill in the blank. A great leader is someone who___________

      this is that person who can better manage his company and coleagues n such tuff and hard conditions.. this is like a true and perfect leader.

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