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Leadership Quote 9

You can tell your people why they need to do something, you must tell them when and what - but there is no need to tell them how - more often than not they can work it out for themselves.

Leadership Quote 8

The true test of a great leader is what they leave behind; not in achievements, awards or structures, but people. Developing the leaders beneath them is the most important role any leader can have.

Leadership Quote 7

Management training and leadership experts often ask leaders to 'lead by example' with their staff. That first implies that leaders must do what they want their people to do, but it is much more than that.

Layham gets to the core of the issue of being a leader - it is more than in action that a leader must lead by example, it is in moral areas as well. Leadership Quote 2 from Peter Drucker suggested that 'management is doing things right, and leadership is doing the right things'. Layham is focussing on the same point.

The modern leader is bombarded with some many forms of information, it is easy for the decision not to be black and white, but one of many of shades of grey. In this environment, the leader must be able to not only articulate what needs to be done, but why. It is the why that makes all the difference  - for leaders are judged not only on what they do but why they do it.

Leadership Quote 6

Leadership is often about balance, and this quote nails it on the head.

Most new leaders want to impress their staff and Managers alike by tackling anything and everything they can - impressive to start with but tiring for all over time. The good managers and leaders learn to delegate, and the better few learn to pick good people (men or women - the quote is a little dated).

In fact, the very good learn to pick people not in their image - why recruit skills that the team already has (in you)? In my opinion, the best executives pick good people that compliment and challenge their own skills rather than replicate it.

Harder still is letting good people get on and do their job.

Do you let your people get on with their job.

How would you rate yourself in meeting these two criteria. Out of 10, how well have you picked (or trained) your staff? How much of a meddler are you? 

We would love to hear your opinions.

2013 looks like it is going to be a very interesting year in regards to leadership and leadership development, no more so than in Australian politics. With the national election now set for September 14, people will have a full 8 months to assess what both political parties plan to bring for the next 4 years.

It is fair to say that the political environment for the last 18 months in Australia hasn’t provided a great deal to be proud of; name calling, abusive language and poor behaviour in parliament haven’t exactly provided the ‘lead by example’ approach that most people expect from their politicians.

In the last 6 months we have had the opportunity to watch the US political process come to its conclusion with the re-election of Barack Obama for a second term. Irrespective of your political persuasion, few would question Obama’s gift of language and oration. Perhaps our politicians can take heed of some of the words from President Obama’s inauguration speech:

‘We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect’

While such a long election process has been widely criticised, perhaps it is a chance for both parties (and leaders) to show what they aspire to be for the good of our nation?

In the next 8 months both parties have been provided with an opportunity – an opportunity to be positive, not negative. An opportunity to provide reasoned debate, not name-calling. An opportunity to show people why we should vote for them, not be embarrassed by their behaviour. An opportunity to set an example and guide the country, rather than follow opinion polls.

Here’s hoping that both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott take the opportunity to show us their leadership vision for the future, and not get bogged down in petty ‘he said / she said’ politics. I am not sure it is possible, but I live in hope that we will see a true leader emerge.

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