It has been quite a while since I have released an article, and I apologize for that. I have been incredibly busy with RL events, and it's often difficult to devote the amount of hours I have grown accustomed to doing.
One of those RL events included a week away at a local summer camp to train as a mentor for underprivileged children. The camp is owned and operated by a retired 2 star U.S. Marine corps. general, meaning much of the training is centered around the concept of leadership. A lot of the philosophies the camp promotes have really improved my perception on leadership, therefore I feel motivated to share them with all of you in hopes that other government personnel may adopt them.
First and foremost, leadership is not a list, formula, or prescription. Leadership is INSPIRING OTHERS. Taking a course or reading a book will not make you a good leader. To crack the code on leadership, you need to realize that you will need to INSPIRE others to follow you. Your direct example is the first place to look. Are you showing people the way or are you telling them what to do? Hard work and dedication have made many leaders successful, but barking orders alone have not.
Leadership is ACTION not POSITION. Leading by example is the only way to comport oneself as a leader in any organization.
The KEY for SUCCESS is GENUINE CONCERN. Demonstrating to others that you do care for them is the platform for all good leaders to build. Genuine concern is the foundation for earning the trust and respect that are required to inspire others to follow. To clarify, one must lead with GENUINE CONCERN NOT GENERAL CONCERN. Without genuine concern, any attempt at leadership will be dangerous to you and especially to those you're attempting to lead!
As a wise man once said, you can fool your superiors most of the time, you can fool your peers a lot of the time, but try as you may, you can NEVER fool your subordinates. They have the ability to see right through a leader lacking a genuine concern for them.
I hope that anybody in a leadership position can take at least something from this article. Until next time, take it easy Switzerland! Thank you.
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