Leaders: You Owe Constituents, The Leadership, They DESERVE!

How can anyone, hope to be considered, a leader, unless/ until, they provide the level of genuine, meaningful, relevant leadership, they need, and DESERVE? When was the last time, you observed, someone, who was, either, elected, selected, or ascended, to any specific position, who, actually, focused, and emphasized, truly, leading? Perhaps, one of the main reasons, so many organizations, today, are risking, a lack of sustainability, is, because, there are so few, meaningful, genuine, relevant, focused leaders! With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, why this matter, and what it might mean, and represent.

1. Delve deeply; discover; deliver: Only when someone, begins with effective listening, and pays keen attention, in order to consistently learn, from every conversation, and experience, will he discover, what his constituents, perceive, desire, and want, and what the group needs to do, to remain relevant, and sustainable! He must be willing to deliver on his promises, rather than, merely, proceeding, with empty rhetoric!

2. Empathy; emphasis: Never confuse genuine empathy, with sympathy! Empathy demands putting yourself, in someone else’s place, and aligning your emphasis, on these perceptions, needs, goals, and priorities. When this is done, a leader becomes more attractive, to those, he serves and represents.

3. Service; solutions; system; sustainable: One’s focus must be, on providing the utmost level of relevant service, and focus! He must implement the finest, possible system, to address needs, and priorities! Instead of blaming, complaining, and making excuses, great leaders emphasize providing viable solutions, in a relevant, sustainable manner!

4. Energy; energetic: A leader’s genuine energy, and energetic behavior and focus, is necessary, in order to energize, both, actual, as well as potential constituents, towards greater involvement and commitment!

5. Relevant; responsive; realistic; reasoning/ rationale: It’s not meaningful leading, unless/ until, one’s focus is on relevant needs, goals, and priorities! He must provide responsive, realistic leadership, which emphasizes, meaningful service and representation! While he must be somewhat, idealistic, this must be combined with realistic, pragmatic considerations. Consider, how one’s reasoning, is determined, and be willing, to explain, your rationale, in terms of potential, and benefits!

6. Vision; value; values; views: How can anyone effectively, lead, if he doesn’t possess a relevant, essential, vital vision, which inspires and motivates others, to follow? There must be an alignment, between providing necessary value, with maintaining a commitment to the values of the group, and stakeholders. If someone’s personal views, do not fit this mold, he probably should avoid, becoming a leader!

7. Excellence; endurance; expectations: Since there will always be, obstacles, one must have the endurance, to persist, regardless of any challenges, which might present themselves! He must handle expectations, and demand, his utmost, personal excellence!

Are you willing to provide the level of leadership, your group, and stakeholders, DESERVE? Are you, up to the tasks, and responsibilities?

Book Review: Leadership in Turbulent Times

This article discusses three advantages of reading Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns-Goodwin. In addition to presenting a thorough analysis of the leadership of four presidents, she presents a comprehensive review of their backgrounds. In any event, the book offers excellent lessons on leadership, human relations and crisis management.

3 Advantages

  • Get the inside scoop

The leaders featured in this book are as different as night and day. I enjoyed finding out what made them tick. President Johnson, for instance earned the name freeze out because he could easily withdraw love and affection. What’s more, he refused to take no for an answer.

By contrast, nothing could distract Abraham Lincoln once he fixed his mind on any subject. Moreover, he spoke from the heart and treated everyone the same.

In comparison, Theodore Roosevelt refused to lose his temper. What’s more, he refrained from taking criticism personally.

On the other hand, Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) flung things against the wall to see if they would stick. If they did not, he admitted his mistake and tried something else.

Simply put, the writer helps you to understand the whole person. Someone said, “We are the sum of our life’s experiences.” This rings true for our leaders too.

  • Unearth their strategies for confronting adversity

Kearns highlights their leadership during four crises: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, Theodore Roosevelt and the coal strike, FDR and the Depression, and Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act. Accordingly, Lincoln launched his presidency with a team of independent, determined men. They were better educated and more acclaimed. Still, to tackle the slavery issue, he inspired his cabinet to identify with something larger than themselves.

All in all, Roosevelt moved methodically. He calculated the risks of getting involved in the strike, gathered the facts, used history to anchor his thinking, assembled a crisis management team, and shaped the account.

Like Lincoln, FDR stressed the theme of a common purpose. He restored confidence by balancing reality and a positive outlook. Then, he told people what they could expect and what was expected of them.

In the same way, Johnson devised a compelling picture of the future. He simplified the agenda to get the Civil Rights Act passed, determined the most effective way to proceed, used his ability to negotiate and make deals, and stood by commitments.

  • Detect four types of leadership

Before long you identify the differences between transformational, transactional, turnaround and visionary leadership. While each is significant, the subjects seemingly knew what was needed for the time and circumstances.