Basics of Leadership

What are the basics of leadership? That is a loaded question for some leaders. It depends on your goal, your point of view, your experience, your situation, your . . . Let's be honest here. Leadership is a subject that a lot of people have a lot to say on. But when you boil it all down here is what makes a successful leader.

Integrity - It isn't just about doing it right the first time. But it's also about getting it right after you have done something wrong.

Servanthood - Leadership without sacrifice is worthless. People will not follow someone who isn't willing to pay the price too.

Patience - Willing to wait for what is better instead of taking what is good right now is the hard thing to do.

Values - Knowing what you will and will not compromise on is crucial. It helps you determine who can and cannot come alongside of you and help.

Vision - The ability to see something before it becomes a reality.

Wisdom - How to properly apply the knowledge you have to each situation.

Guts - Indecision will doom you to mediocrity. Sometimes you just have to make a decision.

Hope - Knowing that what you are doing is well worth it.

Goals - You know where you where you are going even if your not completely sure on how you are going to get there.

Teamwork - No you are not going to get where you want to go by yourself.

What isn't on the list.

Money - Oh yes it does help, but it is a tool in our hands - not a solution to our problems.

Star Power - There is a difference between a personality that influences people to follow and a power personality that drives people to do. Believe me, getting people to follow is easier than trying to push people along.

Success - I'm not saying that you will not be successful, but I am saying that there are going to be some failures along the way. If you think that everything you do has to be a success - you're going to get disappointed.

Cooperation - Again I'm not saying that you don't need or want cooperation from your team. But listen to critics and those who challenge your style of thinking. It isn't that they don't believe in you or your vision, they just might have a better idea on how you can do it.

Have any others you would like to add to the list?