Monday, March 22, 2010

Leadership thoughts from the FBI for a Monday

Some general characteristics of good leadership are universal.

Good leaders:
  • understand that circumstances change and that they must remain flexible.
  • empower everyone in their organization and always treat others as they want to be treated.
  • are selfless and develop subordinates' traits of leadership.
  • good leaders have solid integrity and trust in their own abilities, as well as those of their employees.
  • take ownership of a situation or problem regardless of how small.
  • foster a team attitude.
A U.S. Special Operations Command general stated, "The whole organization stands a little taller and breathes a sigh of relief as the guidon is passed from a poor leader to a good leader!"

Followers and those outside a leader's purview observe actions, thoughts, words, and facial expressions. Leaders must remain aware aware of even their smallest gestures because their integrity is as delicate as their leadership position.

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