The 9 Basics of Good Leadership

April 19, 2012
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As we look around Indiana and the Nine-County Region and assess almost four months of 2012, things are truly holding their own.  Sure, gas prices are still a major factor in this area in both business situations and in our private lives, but there are signals of both stability and opportunity as we continue to cut through the balance of the year.

In Carnegie Training, it is all about the people, and all about the leadership. As times slowly improve, it is the quality of the leadership that can speed success.

Good leadership is always rich in fundamentals. Leadership with a Carnegie slant is all about the basics of both strategy and responsibility. These two variables can strongly determine the future of each and every one of our organizations. Sometimes, the best things are grounded in simplicity. Every leader should always stay with the following basics:

  • Frequent and open communication: The flow of every message must be on a continuing two way street. Information needs to be shared and channeled.
  • Willing to listen: The foundation of understanding needs and wants can create enormous opportunity for everyone in the organization.
  • Understanding the capability of teams: Good employees mean good teams; putting people in the right spots just makes sense.
  • Adjusting leadership style to the culture: It is hard for leadership to be flexible enough to adjust to the climate and the culture of the team. Good leaders do so.
  • Being competent and committed: The basis of any leader’s strength is to be good and loyal to mission.
  • Sharing responsibilities: Leadership cannot do it all. The more delegation, the more opportunity for others to show the team what they can do.
  • Managing growth and change: Both can happen at lightning speed and both can come to a complete stop; good leaders know that they both go together.
  • Having the ability to see the big picture: Identifying overall mission and carrying it across the organization successfully comes from knowing where the business is headed.
  • Being energetic and positive: There is nothing more basic than being a good person with energy and personal charisma; no leader is truly successful without them.

Leadership is both simple and complicated. Managing both ends of the spectrum and facilitating towards the middle are at the heart of organizational success.

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