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How to Find a True Leader

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, May 16, 2016
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Look on and you will discover over 304,000 titles with the word “leadership” or “leader”.  Can there really be that much that is different in all of them?  Perhaps some of us are just slow learners? Or, as is often the case, perhaps we need to read/hear something many times in a different format before it finally sinks in?

Maybe we make it too complicated.

I’m pretty simple. Leaders are not born nor do they become one by means of a title or rank.  Rather, leadership comes from a place of concern for others and a belief that one can make a positive difference.  But it is also about behavior that honors all people. It is not bombastic, ego-centered, or self-serving. It’s about inclusion versus exclusion. True leadership involves building up rather than tearing down.

And it is rare. Such a very sad state of affairs!  Right now, across the U.S. and the globe, we are seeing behavior that is the opposite of true leadership. From the boardrooms to bedrooms, from community centers to Congressional offices, from college campuses to international arenas, we are seeing behavior that is so counter to true leadership.

If you go to this link, you will find a series of statements about what true leader behavior looks like.  Put yourself to the litmus test. How do you stack up? Perhaps some behaviors are easier than others?  What would your colleagues say? Can you take the pledge?

Then, think of anyone in a leadership position or who aspires to be in that position. How do they stack up? Have we covered all the behaviors? If not, what might you add?

We’d love to hear from you!


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Since beginning her consulting and training practice in 1980, Eileen has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion. Long-standing clients and repeat engagements attest to her commitment to make a difference in minds, hearts and spirits of organizations and individuals. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine selected her as one of the top 100 thought leaders in leadership and among the top ten consultant providers of leadership development.

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