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.
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.