Fourth Age Communiqué - Leadership for the rest of us

Monday, June 17, 2002

Five Key Skills

Taken from Leaders, by Nanus & Bennis

  1. Ability to accept people as they are, not as you'd like them to be.
  2. Capacity to approach relationships and problems in terms of the present rather than the past.
  3. Ability to treat those close to you with the same courteous attention as strangers.
  4. Ability to trust others even if the risk seems great.
  5. Ability to do without constant approval and recognition from others.

Wednesday, June 05, 2002

The first rule of leadership

"Everything is your fault." - Hopper

Saturday, June 01, 2002

The key to effective leadership

You've got to see it to believe it.

It all starts with a vision. A way things ought to be, a way they can be. It is what inspires you.

It's what inspires every great leader.

To connect.

That's where you need more than management skills: you need effective leadership. And here is the key:

Leadership is communication in action.

Developing an effective leadership style requires commitment. It means you have to hone your technique. Cultivate your uniqueness. Being a people person is essential.

Effective leadership is as much an art as it is a science; it is the union of the visceral with the mechanical; words and images made active.

Effective leadership is not bound by a perpetual slavery to the tyranny of the urgent. It is proactive and intentional.

Effective leadership influences and inspires others to dream your dreams and share the journey to realization with you.

Share your dreams and visions. Inspire others. Model the way.