Lead, follow or laugh at yourself

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Published on March 18, 2017 with No Comments

Good leaders know themselves but know that they don’t know it all. They are committed but they are open to change. And good leaders go the extra mile. At least that’s what a Girl Scout might say about the topic of leadership. Not so good leaders, on the other hand, are different. They have a negative attitude, claim credit where it isn’t due, make excuses, pass the buck and blame the messenger. Of course, there are times when the messenger is not good and therefore deserves to be blamed. In such a case, a good leader should fire the messenger. Meanwhile, current leadership research – who knew there was such a thing – suggests that the qualities of a good leader were established 2,000 years ago by Aristotle – not Onassis. This research has mostly been cited by Ronald Riggio who is a professor of leadership. Maybe this says that good leaders aren’t born, but rather are taught by professors.
Prudence, temperance, fortitude and justice are the qualities that, um, lead to good leadership, according to Riggio. Of course, the most prudent people don’t really go around using the word prudence because it sounds snobbish. So they tend to go with “wisdom” instead. Those who have temperance are probably not likely to text bare-chested photos around, because they are thought to have control over their emotions and “appetites.” Of course when all else fails, there’s humor. A sense of humor has been scientifically demonstrated to make even the worst leader look good. Okay, so that’s stretching it a bit because there isn’t scientific proof, but at the very least, bad leaders are more tolerable if they can laugh at themselves.

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