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Does Your Leader, Actually, LEAD?

By Richard Brody

Although, many individuals, either, are elected, selected, and/ or, ascend, to certain positions of leadership, no one, earns the right, to be considered, as a genuine leader, until/ unless, he can be counted on, to effectively, LEAD others, in a meaningful, relevant, service - oriented manner! True leaders avoid blaming, and complaining, and are willing to assume personal responsibility! How can anyone, make a difference, for the better, and earn the necessary respect, unless/ until, he clearly demonstrates, he will be a vehicles, for quality, relevant, sustainable, change? With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means, and why, it's so essential, to becoming a true leader.

1. Listen; learn; lessons; leading: One must be ready, willing, and able, to listen, effectively, and thoroughly, far more, than he speaks, This is often challenging, because, for many, their favorite sound, is the sound, of their own voice! One must never interrupt, but effectively listen, and consistently learn, from every conversation, experience, and the past. How can one discover, the genuine priorities, as well as perceptions, of those he serves and represents, unless he goes through, this process? What he learns, and how he takes advantage of the lessons, learned, often, determines, whether one will become a real leader! One must, proactively, focus on leading, effectively, efficiently, and in a service - oriented, way, if he is to become a real leader!

2. Empathy; energy; earn; emphasis; excellence: Since a leader, must demand his utmost degree of personal excellence, rather than accept, good - enough, he must persist, with genuine empathy, based on his conversations, etc. This will enhance, both his personal energy, as well as energize his stakeholders, and the group, for the better. One earns the respect, from others, based on his emphasis, and personal commitment!

3. Attitude; aptitude; attention; articulate: It's important to proceed, with a true, positive, can - do, attitude, which he combines with, a well - developed, refined, aptitude, and skill - set! Only if he pays keen attention, to details, and focuses on quality priorities, will he become a real leader. We need leaders, who are ready, willing, and able to clearly, articulate, an inspiring, motivating, fact - based message, which enhances stakeholders willingness, to commit, further.

4. Delve deeply; discover; develop; deliver: One must look, beyond, the surface, and discover, the best way to proceed, based on balancing the heritage and mission of the group, understanding, respecting, and learning from its history, commit to, and develop, a well - considered, strategy, and action plan, and consistently, under - promise, while, over - delivering!
Judge one's fitness, for quality leadership, by his readiness, and willingness, to LEAD. Are you up to the task?

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 LIKE the Facebook page for leadership:

Hi! I research topics such as self-development achievement and mental health. I have a passion to use my life experiences and research to help others reach their full potential.