Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Leadership and Responsibility: Are you one?

After recently giving a workshop at Florida Gulf Coast University on Leadership skills, I was asked what I felt was the single most important tangible trait that a leader in today's society must have. What a question! I mean, I sat there thinking, is there just one trait that would rule above the rest?

As the time went by, our discussion lead me to evaluate the importance of looking at a few of the top skills that all leaders must possess to be taken seriously, and to make a difference in this world.

Honesty, regardless of the consequences.

Self love.

Self discipline.

Always having a positive day in public, regardless of what is going on in their business or personal life.

Self respect.

Gossip free.

A foundation that desires serving others.

Freedom from judgement of ones religious, political or other belief systems.

A desire to see others around them succeed.

Now, the list could go on and on, but just with this as a starting point, how do you stand up?

Leaders come in a variety of shapes , sizes, and positions. Parents, teachers, coaches, therapists, artists, lovers, friends, all fall into the category of being a leader. OK, let's be honest, if you do not see yourself as a leader in life, I believe you have missed your real identity.

Slow down, take your life path more seriously, and become the leader that you are destined to be.

Love, peace, David www.davidessel.com

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