Having What It Takes To Lead!

Having What It Takes To Lead!

In observing what people do in leadership positions, and knowing that I see myself in a leadership position, I decided to ask others–what character traits they thought should be seen in a good leader. Though this is not a scientific poll or survey, it does provide insight as to what people expect in leadership. Thanks Facebook Friends for the following:

Joel Rutherford FTA which was in a book by the Dali Lama and I totally agree with; F=Fairness to all T=Transparency… openness in whats expected from both followers and the leadership A=Accountability for the actions of everyone in the group no matter their role.

Eyandra Otis Easy to talk to, open to all opinions and suggestions, has been through some type of struggle, relatable, patient, not afraid of making mistakes, put there own mistakes in the open.

Joey Iceberg Nelson Forthright and bold

Lorraine Horowitz-fenchel Ability to compromise with and respect others and not exploit the worst aspects of the public but appeal to our better selves.

Elena Greer Decisive yet laid back and open

Darolyn Brown A sense of fairness and common sense; a hunger to learn; and the ability to comprehend abstract ideas; persistence; and the greatest of these is the capacity to love.

Mary Ann Freeby Let’s start with sanity, compassion, integrity, the ability to comprehend, listening skills, a desire to serve others, empathy, accountability, reasoning skills and honesty.

Sue Burns Crill 1. Being especially cognizant of your level of patience & waiting until someone is through speaking….holding your tongue, even…..figuratively & literally, if necessary. Asking when the speaker is silent: Is there anything more you would like to … add to that?
2. Actively soliciting & listening intently (take notes, even) to ideas from your t.e.a.m. (yes, constituents too), but remember there is no “I” in team…..it is: OUR team did great…..never MY team.
3. Respect & never deflect.
4. Be your kind, caring, loving self.

Melanie Woodrich Humility, honesty, passion, empathy, gumption, creativity, and integrity.

Honest, Open (transparent), Fair, Caring, Loving, Accountable, Empathetic, Sincere (listening skills), Authentic (respectful of self and others, humble, reflective),  Team-Player, Selfless, Attentive, Focused, Determined, Assertive, Thoughtful, Considerate, Service-minded, Goal-Oriented, Pragmatic-optimist, Relatable, Compassionate, Teachable.

The summary (rephrased for brevity) is my conclusion as to what people intended. Now, if I’m to do a self-assessment with this information–I’d have to say, I fit most of the criteria–I have what it takes to be a good leader. Now, does that mean I know everything I need to know? Absolutely not–but I’ve got a good head start!

More than anyone else, I recognize all my imperfections, but I also realize that no one walking the earth is perfect and that there is always room for improvement. That being said, I welcome comments (from those who know me well enough to make a sensible comment) and I look forward to hearing what all have to say.

How will I use the comments made? Not to get angry or cynical, but to reflect upon what is said and make adjustments where warranted. I see myself as a very honest, forthright person and some might say aggressive, but I stand firm on being assertive. I’m right until proven wrong and when proven wrong, have no problem owning the correction. I know how to apologize to others when needed, but I try very hard not to put myself in a position in which I end up doing anything that needs an apology. There is one exception to this–I will not–under any circumstances–apologize to TraitorDon for anything I’ve said about him. He is the absolute epitome of corruption and power-hungry bigotry. He deserves no apology from any sane individual who is not a trumplican. And for those who would say, we have to forgive others–you forgive him. He knows not the Christ I know and love, therefore, I have no obligation to treat him like a bonafide Christian according to the Words of Christ.

When a person is responsible–directly or indirectly–for the loss of life–they deserve no consideration and since my grandchildren will be negatively impacted by this menace’s decision because of his hatred of Obama–he can enjoy his eternity in the lake of fire prepared for all liars. Make no mistake about it–trump is the menace to society, the enemy of the people, and the leader of bigoted racists.

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If you need further understanding of who I am and what I have to offer America in the Oval Office as an Everyday American–check me out facebook.com/YesIAm2020 and then, let’s connect and talk.

EA Love

People With Character!

People With Character!

Then Solomon said, “If he is a man of character, not a single hair of his will fall to the ground, but if evil is found in him, he dies.” I King 1:52 HCSB

Dr. Martin Luther King is known for saying, he would rather people be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Why? People with character–know how to conduct themselves at all times.

Of course, many people would take the referenced scripture of out of context and attempt to say that I’m implying people with no character should die. That’s not why I used this particular verse of scripture.

In this passage we find Adonijah–the self-proclaimed king–trying to take the place of Solomon when he knew that David had promised Solomon the throne. Adonijah was not concerned about doing what was right, only doing what he wanted to do and for that reason, when it was reported to David–the dying king–what Adonijah was doing, David arranged for Solomon to be anointed the next king [with the priest Zadok and the prophet Nathan present to confirm]–even as Adonijah and his crew were celebrating what they thought was a coup.

In those days, rebellion against a king meant death. And when it was reported to Solomon that Adonijah was afraid of what he had done–trying to steal the authority of kingship from its rightful owner–Solomon commanded Adonijah be brought to him and declared that if it was determined that he was a man of character (integrity), nothing would happen to him, but if not–he would die.

I’m not advocating that anyone without character should die, but I am advocating that anyone without moral substance, integrity and honesty and incorruptible values–should never be allowed in a position of authority since we know–corruption breeds corruption and immorality breeds immorality, and dishonesty breeds more dishonesty.

Fear-mongering and hatred are character traits of evil and wickedness. We know this because The Word says, that “perfect love casts out fear.” So if love will cast fear aside–we know no love abides in anyone who instills fear in others. And those who have received God’s love, know how to love–unconditionally–and will not promote hatred of people–rather they promote hatred of sin–not the sinner.

Before anyone tries to refute that we are to hate, let’s look at what The Word says:

Hate evil and love good; establish justice in the gate. Amos 5:15 HCSB

The righteous hate lying, but the wicked act disgustingly and disgracefully. Proverbs 13:5 HCSB Those who know The Lord and try to live according to His Word, hate the thought of lying, but the wicked won’t hesitate to lie. And we know–Satan is the father of liars.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 NIV It is not good to think that killing a person is “a beautiful thing.”

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Matthew 24:10,11 NIV

The time that Jesus references through Matthew is the last days and here we are.

So, are we people with character and is there evidence for all to see by how we live? If we lie to ourselves, we fool only ourselves for God knows the inward person and He is never fooled by the externals.