Leadership Qualities – Part 5 Self-Esteem

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The leadership quality (competency) we shall look this week is Self-esteem.

Self-esteem – respects and likes self, confident in own self-worth and capabilities.

Self-esteem is foundational to healthy relationships. When God commands us to love others as we love ourselves, the clear implication – so often missed – is that we are meant to love ourselves.

Lack of self-esteem can cripple an otherwise capable leader. Self-esteem, developed to an appropriate degree, is attractive. Too little and he/she may appear obsequious and insincere. Too much “thinking too highly of oneself” and a person appears proud. Excessive self-esteem, expressed through boastfulness and arrogance may cause a person to be critical or disdainful of others. It is often indicative of an over-compensation for what may be, in reality, poor self-esteem. Neither distortion is attractive. Read more

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Leadership Qualities – Part 4 Integrity

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Today we look at Integrity in leadership.

Integrity – trustworthy and conscientious and can be relied on to act and speak with consistency and honesty.

Leaders should be noted for their truthfulness, consistency and reliability. All responsibilities are fulfilled ethically. Their actions are consistent with their spoken word.

Integrity leads to credibility. Such a person is “real” and authentic rather than appearing distant and unapproachable. Integrity generally leads to a sense of openness and the ability to admit to being “human”, to having faults and failings. Rather than undermining credibility, this vulnerability adds to it. Integrity appears to build upon good self-awareness and an understanding about what personal beliefs, values, principles and thoughts motivate them. Read more

Leadership Qualities – Part 3 Communication

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The third of six leadership qualities we shall look at is Communication.

Communication  – Gives and receives information with attentiveness, clarity, understanding and perception.

Communication in this context includes speaking, listening, reading and writing, all of which are an everyday part of the responsibilities of a leader. Communication of one kind or another is at the heart of all human interactions and almost all decisions. A person’s non-verbal behaviour – body language, attitude  – are also powerful communication tools, sending strong messages without the use of words.

Communication is the common denominator in all social skills and the person who communicates well demonstrates a combination of abilities. Read more