The Big Cheese, Leadership
Every organization has a leader, even the organizations you belong to. Every entity, every company, every City, County, State and Country has a leader. The leader is the person who is responsible for the direction of the organization they lead. The leader makes sure strategic direction has been defined for the organization, that precise future goals are set and resources are available to accomplish those goals. The leader is the person out in front, “the big cheese”; they get everyone to march to the same step. The leader is the one the rest of the organization sees as the one to follow and the one person the followers trust most to make good decisions improving the organization so it benefits its stakeholders, which includes the followers.
Where would you follow your leader? Are you following your leader? Do you know what your leader stands for? Do they work to benefit themselves or the organizations stakeholders? How many different leaders are you following?
Over the years many different types of individuals have held leadership positions. Some seek it out while others have it thrust upon them. Some individuals rise to the occasion and do a fantastic job leading their organizations, while others, do not.
In my opinion a good leader should have the following traits:
- Is a person with integrity; you either have it or you do not;
- Believes in the Bible; adding nothing and taking nothing out;
- Honors the value and concept of developing trust within the organization they lead;
- Knows that many others are following and watches out where they step;
- Is disciplined; saying yes or no can be very difficult when weighing different outcomes;
- Believes in being a user of knowledge not simply one that wants to know it all;
- Learns from their mistakes, admits them and moves along; we all make them;
- Is a good neighbor and treats everyone like the leader themselves would want to be treated;
- Builds strong teams to assist with the leadership responsibility;
- Is someone that leads to a desired destination or gets out of the way;
Being a leader is not for everyone. It’s a hard path to follow, especially when you are leading thousands of followers with many eyes on your every move. But even when leading small groups, if you lack many of the traits listed above you may find it very difficult to be a successful leader and to stay in a prime leadership role. Sometimes it may be better to support a good leader, rather than lead yourself and in these instances, again remember the traits listed above, they work well for us all, even when supporting a good leader.
Here are several great quotes by an amazing leader, Abraham Lincoln:
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm”;
“Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but leave him when he is wrong”;
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”;
“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward”.
If you are going to be a leader, “The Big Cheese”, be one, but be a good one.
Gary J Kiecker