TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - With election season in full swing across Canada
and the United States, the question of what makes a leader great will come up
more in the next few weeks than at any time in the next four years. Winston
Churchill, Lester B. Pearson and Ronald Reagan are often cited as examples of
great leaders. But leaders can be found in every organization, inspiring
action and achieving results.
After nearly thirty years writing about leadership issues, author and
consultant Jim Clemmer (www.clemmer.net) sees many of the same shared
qualities between those who successfully lead businesses and those who aspire
to lead nations.
According to Clemmer there are three characteristics that are shared by
great leaders at every level of any organization - whether it be a private or
Leaders are About Action
"We often refer to leadership as a position," Clemmer says. "Because
someone has been appointed to a leadership role they are called a leader. But
many people in leadership roles aren't leaders. They might be vice presidents,
CEOs, managers, administrators, department heads, directors, or
"snoopervisors" - but they're not leaders." For Clemmer, too many "appointed
leaders" sit back and wait rather than taking the initiative and making things
happen. In other words, they don't provide leadership through their actions.
Leaders Inspire by Example
Great leaders have long understood the empathetic importance of a
heartfelt gesture, no matter how insignificant it might seem on the surface.
On a rainy day in 1943 a battalion was lined up waiting for an inspection by
Lord Mountbatten. The officers wore raincoats, but the troops had none. They
were soaked. Mountbatten's car pulled up and he emerged wearing a raincoat.
After taking a few steps, he turned around and went back to the car to shed
his raincoat. He then turned to make the inspection. The troops cheered.
One of the greatest soldiers of all time knew how inspirational strong
leadership could be in the most difficult of times.
Strong Leaders are Strong Communicators
With few exceptions, highly effective leaders have very strong
communication skills. They connect with people. Since leadership deals with
emotions, energy, and spirit, verbal communication skills have a huge role to
play in mobilizing and energizing. No matter how "right" a vision, deeply held
principles, or purpose may be, they won't mobilize others if they can't be
Highly effective leaders transfer their energy and passion to the people
they're trying to mobilize with words that paint exciting pictures, ring true,
fire the imagination, or touch the spirit. Like the leader, their words are
charged with energy.
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About The CLEMMER Group
For over twenty-five years Jim Clemmer's practical leadership approaches
have been inspiring action and achieving results. His keynote presentations
and workshops, six best-selling books, columns, and newsletters have helped
hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Jim is a popular columnist and a
regular guest on radio and television programs. Jim's latest book is Moose on
the Table and can be found at http://www.mooseonthetable.com/.
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