“Demonstrates an unwavering resolve to do whatever must be done to produce the best long-term results, no matter how difficult.” – Jim Collins
The statement above comes from Good to Great by Jim Collins. Not having read the book however this statement stands out. Each of us know leaders when we see them. There are managers, executives, bosses and leaders. It is the leader who will take us by the hand and safely move us into promising unknowns. The leader watches the horizon and by instinct or experience warns us of dangers and opportunities. The leader instills within us confidence and a desire to walk the path together.
How then do we raise leaders? Some leaders are simply born, but nurtured by principle focused protectors. Leaders are disciplined; they become the offspring of those who privately chastise with care and are publicly recognized for their good works. The leader is mindful of the weakest among them and nurtures and grows the tiniest. The leader sees potential in everyone; they are most successful when they reveal this to others.
These are lessons I have learned while observing leaders not the slippery words of snake oil salesman.