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A true leader understands the value and need for personal growth and development. Effective leaders cultivate an environment that welcomes change and eventually brings out real change in the actions and behaviors of those under their leadership. Effective leaders facilitate the change process, overcome resistance, and encourage others to embrace change rather than fear change. An active leader provides support, motivation, and strategies to guide the change process. Life is constantly evolving gradually from simple to complex and vice versa. Life begins to move you forward into positions you may not be expecting or anticipating. For this reason, a leader holds an important responsibility in the change process…anticipate, inspire, embrace and lead.
A true leader continues to evolve and understands that leadership is not a destination, but a journey. Leaders inspire others to follow, engage in activities that refine and fine-tune their leadership acumen and attributes. More importantly, they demonstrate behaviors and principles of good moral conduct and character, which capture the minds of people and inspire them to follow. A famous speaker once said that good leadership does not always start at the front, as mayors, presidents, CEO’s or as managers; it starts at the back as servants.
Actions of great leaders:
- Make followers,
- Help others grow as faithful followers,
- Communicate effectively,
- Inspire and equip others for the next task,
- Work in a respectful and collegial relationship with members, staff, and volunteers.
As a visionary leader, one must reproduce leadership in others. Leaders must learn how to mentor leaders so that they, in turn, go on to generate more leaders. A wise leader takes actions to inspire others to join together, follow, and pursue collective goals and actions. They provide three major and important components: a) the ability to be structured, b) receive instruction, and c) allow formation in their lives.
Every human being needs structure, even when they are in their mother’s womb. Many people never achieve their fullest potential or proper growth because they do not accept structure. We all receive structure whether at school, home, work, in our cars, or places we visit. As leaders we must embrace change and structure in order to advance forward successfully. People who struggle with either or both, will become limited and not reach and operate within their gifts and talents. I always say a building without structure will crumble much faster and easier when challenges occur.
After having received structure, we are ready to receive instruction. May I remind you, that those who have no structure will not welcome change because they are stuck in an old way of thinking. Many people now days seek instruction from technology, copy others, which makes them a shadow of someone or something. You will always find someone to mentor you and instruct you in the areas that you are weak or need improvement. Many don’t care about instruction; they want it now and fast. We can’t build on instant relationships. We cultivate those relationships, which come our way to instruct us for the better.
Once receiving structure and instruction, we can move into formation. Here is where the character of a leader begins to be formed – attitude, mentality, moral principles, work habits, ethics, fundamentals, and integrity. We may possess a world of information but lack formation and leadership skills to lead others. After all, information is not the same as formation. Therefore, a leader must seek and accept structure, instruction, and formation daily, which will lead to a successful career, filled of longevity and legacy.
In conclusion, the best example I can share is the story of the “Eagle”. The eaglet at first receives structure in the nest. In their young stage the eagle does not know they were chosen to be the kings of the air, to operate and live in greater heights, and that they were born to rise as great leaders and rulers. As they grow, they receive instruction from the parent in regards to who they are. They are being prepared for their jump into destiny. Finally, they are ready for formation. The parents begin to instruct them on how to fly and leave the nest on their own. The final push out of the nest becomes the greatest lesson from the parents. Now they are ready to make their debut and soar to new heights. Eagles were taught to fly with eagles and dwell in the heights. You and I have been born to soar to new heights and become great leaders. Having mastered these three steps, you will be ready to step out without fear and lead change.
About the author:
Timothy Rodriguez is a native of El Salvador, and migrated to Long Island New York at the age of 10. In 2002, he graduated from Molloy College, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Education. He also completed a Minor in Spanish and is currently pursuing his Master Degree in religious studies. Since 2008, Rodriguez has committed his life to serving the needs of others. He is also a soccer coach in the DC district. Rodriguez is a proud Father to his “princess” Elise Rose Rodriguez. In his free time, Rodriguez enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, reading, reflecting, teaching, running, and playing his guitar.
Effective Leadership is having the opportunity to express who you are before an audience of critical observers. For better or worse, leaders are on stage for all to see. Therefore, there are five key characteristics necessary to enhance leadership outcomes.
Five characteristics of a quality leader includes competence, caring, character, compassion, and flexibility.
On too many occasions people raise their hands to lead a project, team, or organization without having the basic leadership skills to lead effectively. Competence, having the experience, maturity and presence needed to persuade others to following your lead, is a main ingredient most necessary if the leader is to be effective. I’ve often heard “experience is the best teacher”, and, as a leader, success seriously tones ones skills.
During my forty-plus years of occupying key military, business and community leadership positions, it has always been my pleasure to show a caring spirit in each role. Caring heightens Awareness and adrenalin necessary to move forward with vigor following long hours of planning, decision making and the execution of programs. Caring leaders give just diligence to any issue with an eye on achieving success based on experience and compassion.
Compassion and character in leadership are interconnected as heartfelt intentions also includes honesty, fairness, and loyalty. I’ve had the opportunity to work for people who pursued responsibilities with caring but did not express the desired traits of honesty and impartiality. Leaders operating in this way will often lose the loyalty and trust of followers. Effective must be on guard to lead by example while exhibiting impartiality.
During my days as a college professor I often taught “communication is key to success.” And too, “flexibility” is clearly inherent in the effectiveness of any quality leader. All too often, authoritarian leaders fail because of their “I’m always right” view of self. However, experience has taught me that situational leadership – the practice of using both authoritarian and democratic leadership principles according to the situation – proves to be best. Realizing quality leaders must listen to others to make better decisions, flexibility encourages interaction and the expression of ideas. A good leader is a flexible leader!
Quality leaders are caring, compassionate, and flexible. With experience and a caring attitude included, knowing who you are and striving to achieving excellence will be dependent on the listed five characteristics essential in any effective leader.
About the Author:
James A. Dula, PhD, originally from North Carolina, is a retired Air Force Major and Vietnam Veteran. As a military Commander he was responsible for Health, Morale and Welfare. Upon Retirement, he taught High School and College before becoming Health and Human Services Director for Prince George’s County. There he created new programs to include the award winning People with Disabilities, Teen Pregnancy Program, Obesity Program and opened numerous other health and family programs. Dula earned BA and PhD degrees in Public Administration; and MA in Communications/Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma. He is a three time Who’s Who Awardee for Education and Business and recognized in Who’s Who International. Currently Dula is CEO of James Dula Consulting.
Leadership is a journey…where are you going?
Leaders have an enormous responsibility to effectively lead in an exemplary manner. Leadership can be an amazing journey, especially when you know where you are going. Can you imagine putting your trust in the Captain of a beautiful cruise ship with a beach destination, only to learn that you are 20 hours off course because the directions were off just “a TAD”? A “tad” is a very small adjustment or change in direction. This small change can be positive or negative.
Small adjustments in your thinking will completely change your direction. As leaders, our decisions impact our destiny. Therefore, we must be aware of our THOUGHTS because our thoughts will impact our ACTIONS. Every action we take along this leadership and life journey will ultimately impact our DESTINY!
Many would agree that having great character, commitment to excellence, self-mastery, vision and courage, just to name a few, are necessary to be a great leader. However, the ability to quickly identify when a correction is needed is as critical to a leader’s success. Adapting quickly and overcoming obstacles requires a leader to pay attention to details, become a thought leader, and take strategic and decisive actions towards correction or re-direction — sometimes just a TAD. Being able to master these skills can create a platform for a successful journey. Even with the best intensions, it’s easy to get off course.
When you change your thoughts; you change your actions;
When you change your actions; you change your destiny!
A famous writer once said that our thoughts are the ancestors of the deeds. I will add, that our deeds, are the ancestors of our destiny. We must identify what kind of leaders we are being to better predict what kind of people we are becoming. Periodically conducting a “character check” will start the process of shifting your leadership a TAD to make sure you don’t veer off too far in the wrong direction.
There are famous examples, like Tiger Woods, that illustrates the importance of “a TAD”. If Tiger Woods’ father allowed him to give up as a child because of self-doubt; or he decided to take acting classes; or change his swing just “a TAD” to the left or right we wouldn’t know Tiger Woods as the great player who changed the game of golf. The Williams sisters are another example that “a TAD” would have changed tennis history. If they suffered from low self-esteem, negative self-talk, or hit the ball just “a TAD” slower, the world would not know them as phenomenal tennis players.
Leadership isn’t a spectator sport. Playing all out is being committed to excellence and making a difference. Like sports, a leader is a coach. During the game, the coach may have to make minor adjustments, “shift the game plan “a TAD” to help the team win. Self-correction is a form of self-mastery and an act of self-discipline. It requires a commitment to excellence. Play to the end and be ready and willing to Shift a TAD!
About the author:
Carla D. Blue, is the Founder and CEO of i.C.A.R.E. Solutions, LLC, a company dedicated to creating successful business solutions for organizations and communities. Carla is a retired Deputy Fire Chief with more than 20 years of solutions based, results focused and people driven leadership. She capitalizes on the “power of the people” to drive, create and implement global solutions for future success. Carla provides state of the art training, extensive team building, and proven results. As a PRO Leadership Board of Director and Secretary of the Board, she will provide professional support related to effective leadership practices for the 21st century.
Vice Of Leadership Volume 3 Issue Number 2 covered the theme: Visionary Leadership
Presenter: Dr. Assegid Habtewold, Founder of PRO Leadership.
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The Hosts of Between The Covers for Book Lovers interviewed Dr. Assegid about his second book- The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks.
Here is the link: http://new.livestream.com/villageconnectortv/events/2856223
In this edition, you will find great articles, stories, and interviews. Below are the topics and their contributors:
- Madiba: What manner of character, Assegid Habtewold
- Interview, Daryl Green
- Character drives leadership, Bob Krone
- Character traits to look in both poor and good leaders, R. Kenny Leblanc
- Interview, Sharon Green
- Does character moves your ideas?, Sylvia Henderson
- A retirement party reveals character in leadership, Steven Honegger
- Interview, John Betterson Jr.
- Character in leadership, Yolanda Mullings
- Strength of Character: Why it matters for leaders?, Mona Singleton
- Interview, Brian O’Brien
- Character is essential for good leadership, Cornell Jenkins
- “Character” in Leadership, Carla Blue
- Interview, Kassegne Habtamu
To read the magazine, click here.
If you would like to contribute toward those themes that will be featured in 2014, checkout this link for detail: http://www.proleadership.org/?page_id=128
One of the opportunities we would like to offer to our Supporters (PROs) is the opportunity to join one of our PROs Clubs. We pledge to provide empowering atmosphere that enables PROs to grow in their leadership. The Clubs also play a significant role in advancing our tax-exempt mission, and expanding our reach and support base.
Forming your own PROs Club is very easy: meet the requirements of PROs Clubs Charter. Through out the process of forming, growing, and nurturing your Club, you have the guidance and support of our Supporters Care Office. You can establish a PROs Club with a minimum of 7 people. You can give your Club a unique name, and decide whether it should be open or closed. You can also determine many other aspects of your club such as electing your officers, choosing the place, frequency, and timing of your meetings…
The Clubs operate under the motto of “Be a PRO”. We aim at providing the atmosphere where link-minded PROs meet once in a while to encourage one another, grow together, and become true PROs. These Clubs are the places where PROs will meet to mingle and share their leadership experiences, exchange leadership insights, methods, tools, and books. In the near future, we have a plan to open a couple of tracks such as Leadership, Book Review, Outreach, Communication, Writing, and so on. We will award certificates for those who complete these tracks. More details will come soon…
At this juncture, we are finalizing the launch of the first two PROs Clubs in MD, VA, and another one in DC in the near future. If you live in the metro area and would like to join these Clubs, there may be a few slots available that please contact us. We want our Clubs size to be smaller because every PRO should get enough opportunities to participate at each monthly (or once per two months) meeting. The tentative dates to launch the Clubs in VA and MD are on November 30, and December 07 2013, respectively. There will be door prize. We have limited openings for those of you who would like to join these first two clubs. You may contact Drs. Paulos Balcha (202-230-7304) or Assegid Habtewold (703-895-4551) to check if there’re more slots and also learn the time and place. If you’re in VA, you may contact Zebiba Jibreel (240-604-0065) or Kassegne Habtamu (919-271-8166).
The few spots may quickly be filled. However, if seven of you come together, we will help you form your own PROs Club (here in the metro area, and beyond). There are some tracks members can choose from, pursue as per their own pace, and receive certificates upon their completion. If you’re a seasoned leader, you may not be interested to pursue one of these tracks; you may use this opportunity to pay back to your community by mentoring emerging leaders in the area of your specialty.
Team PRO Leadership!
YEP- Young Ethiopian Professionals, requested PRO Leadership to provide a train to its leaders and volunteers on some leadership development topics. Accordingly, on October 26 2013, PRO Leadership’s volunteers facilitated a workshop on four themes at the library of Arlington, VA: Who is the leader and what is leadership, Visioning, Communication, and Teambuilding.
The first session attempted to answer questions such as what is the correct definition of leadership, who is the leader, what are the most important leadership attributes a leader needs to succeed continually, and more.
The second session addressed questions such as what is vision, how do you know when you have a compelling vision, what is the process of envisioning, what are the tools you can use as you articulate your vision, challenges that prevent the formation and fruition of a true vision, what are the indicators to measure the progress of your vision, and so on.
The place of communication in leadership, the three triads of communication, the various forms of communication, barriers of effective communication, cross cultural communication competency, and more were covered during the third session.
The fourth session addressed the significance of teamwork, why teams fail, evolution of team formation, criteria to recruit team members, considerations as you lead and manage your team, and how to measure the progress of your team.
At the end of each session, there were group discussions, and question and answer sessions.
Here is an excerpt video from the first section (Who is the Leader, and what is Leadership?): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czHdFtkp7C4
Sponsors: Daniel Leadership Institute (DLI), and PRO Leadership Global Inc.
An articulate communicator Ada Ejiogu led the seminar. She officially opened the seminar and introduced Tolu Peters, the leader of DLI. Pastor Tolu welcomed participants and also briefly introduced the Institute, and shared its main activities.
Following the welcoming address, Ada introduced the facilitator Assegid Habtewold. After sharing the brief history of how the project began, he invited each participant to introduce themselves, from where they came, and their expectations from the seminar.
• Presentation plus Large Group Discussion on Building Blocks 1 – 3
• Small Group Discussion on Building Blocks 1 – 3
• Presentation plus Large Group Discussion on Building Blocks 4 – 6
• Small Group Discussion on Building Blocks 4 – 6 • Presentation plus Large Group Discussion on Building Blocks 7 – 9
• Small Group Discussion on Building Blocks 7 – 9
• Conclusive remarks, participants filling the Evaluation Form
Some of the suggestions from participants include:
1. Giving the seminar more time like two to three days
2. Offering the seminar as a course (12 weeks- 9 weeks for each cardinal building blocks plus three weeks for each major three categories)
3. Launching a once per month coffee party. The goal of this informal gathering is to further discuss each cardinal building block per month. Within nine months, we could be able to cover the nine cardinal building blocks. We also intend to use the opportunity to promote the framework among our communities. Efforts are underway, and we most probably begin the first informal gathering on August 3, 2013, downtown Silver Spring, MD. If you are interested to join this party, please let me know, and I will connect you with the person who is coordinating this effort.
Some participants at the refreshment desk: