Procrastinating Isn't LEADING!

Many observers of organizations, are concerned about the apparent dearth of genuine leadership, we are, so often, witnessing, today! Far, too few, of the people, who, are, either, elected, selected, and/ or, appointed to positions of leadership, appear to be, prepared, to lead, in a meaningful, relevant, sustainable way! Perhaps, because of their fear, of making a mistake, and being blamed, or, rocking - the - boat, too many of them, resort to procrastination! However, procrastinating, is not LEADING, and until, organizations, recognize this need, to effectively plan, and train their leaders, groups will fail to achieve, to their potential! With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means and represents, and why, relevant, sustainable, groups, need to seek better!
1. Listen; learn; leadership: Effective leadership requires, effective listening, and a willingness, to learn, thoroughly, from every conversation and experience, in order to proceed, with the utmost degree of relevant, priorities - based, perceptions - oriented, leading!
2. Efforts; empathy; emphasis; energize; excellence: Great leaders efforts, concentrate on genuine empathy, and place a concerted effort, and emphasis, on energizing the organization, and stakeholders, in an inspiring, motivating manner! A real leader, always, demands his utmost degree of personal excellence!
3. Attention; attitude; aptitude; articulate: The quality of a leader, may be measured by, whether he pays keen attention, to the true priorities, needs, and perceptions of his constituents! He must proceed, with a positive, can - do, attitude, combined with a well - developed, relevant, skill - set, and aptitude, Part of the responsibility includes, being ready, willing and able, to articulate a message, which inspires, motivates, and focuses on quality priorities, needs, and goals!
4. Delve deeply; discover: Go beyond the surface, avoid empty promises, and rhetoric, and consider options and alternatives, by committing to delve deeply, and discovering, the best paths to pursue!
5. Investigate; imagine; innovate; introduce; ideas; ideology; integrity: Begin by investigating the priorities, needs, perceptions, options, and alternatives, with a well - developed, quality, relevant imagination! Imagine the possibilities, and be prepared to innovate, for the common good! A meaningful leader, consistently, introduces, ideas, which align with the core ideology, of the organization, and planning, strategically, and creating, a relevant, action plan! However, this must be done, with genuine integrity, instead of seeking the path of least resistance!
6. Needs: It's not leading, unless it's based on needs, goals, and priorities, while addressing perceptions, on a consistent basis!
7. Generate goodwill; growth: Real leadership emphasizes generating goodwill, in order to inspire more commitment, and, thus, create an organization, which undergoes, persistent, regular, growth!
If you prefer, procrastinating, you shouldn't be a leader! The focus of LEADING must be, making a quality difference, for the better!
Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, Director of Development, consultant, professionally run events, consulted to thousands of leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for 4 decades. Rich has written three books and thousands of articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website and Plan2lead can also be followed on Facebook
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