The 7 Commitments of Leadership
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Leaders are committed to improve the lives of those around them everywhere they go. Leadership is hard to fully understand and even harder to demonstrate.
What do great leaders commit to? There are many things leaders can and should commit to. Once a leader commits and takes charge of leading others by living the commitments made, nothing short of miracles occur.
Here are the 7 important commitments of leadership:
1. Clarity. Without vision, organizations perish. Leaders commit to their vision and living their purpose. Crystal clear goals come out of a clear and compelled vision, communicated with clarity. Genius is to take the complex and put it into simple words so the common person can understand. This made Ronald Reagan a genius.
2. Learning. Leaders commit to learning to develop their potential. Committed leaders develop breadth and depth of knowledge by learning from inside and outside their organizations. Their commitment sets the pace and expectancy for everyone to learn. No matter what your overriding purpose is, be a creator, innovator, implementer, accountant, etc. you know you must follow the pace set by the leader if you want to survive in a flat and competitive world.
3. Love. For many love is a softy word, but love is the most powerful force in the universe. Leaders are committed to loving their people. The stability created by the leader’s love allows people to focus on doing their work with love.
4. Energy. The energy of leaders flows from their core, their heart, their love for their people. Leaders channel their energy by focusing on key priorities. Leaders direct the effort towards the right activities.
5. Audacity. Leaders have the courage to take their organizations to uncharted territory. The leader’s courage and quest for achievement provides a great expectancy for the people to overcome their fears from their actions of bravery.
6. Results. The leader keeps the eye on the scoreboard. A great scoreboard contains the leading indicators as well as the numbers where the shared rewards are based upon.
7. Momentum. The leader knows how to overcome inertia. Once the flywheel gets going momentum takes over. A leader must guard against campers and those that may even sabotage the precious momentum created by the organization.
How committed are you to improve your life and the life of those around you?
There are miracles in total commitment!!
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)