This web site will be a place for me to explain my ideas of management using my 40 years of experience in the field. I will touch on the differences in managing a company versus the political aspects of leadership and its consequences.

Leaders Have the Ability to Get Others To Listen to Their Point of View

Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:36 am
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Leadership, what exactly does one have to do to become a leader? Well, one of the keys to leadership is the skill to get others to listen and hear your point of view. Leaders are said to be visionaries. This is so to a point. If a leader cannot communicate his or her point of view then it makes little difference whether they can solve a problem.

Leaders need to influence people, this is a given or one would think it so. How words are communicated and those same words are heard by the audience have a way of making choas seem more like order.

Leaders who possess the skill to make their point with words that have meaning to the audience will convey strength, purpose, passion and a reality of what sacrifice may be necessary to succeed. 

These qualities often become secondary, in the real world of politics, to the  needs of the moment. Will a certain candidate be worth backing financially? Will the candidate become a "party line " individual or will that person go off on their own agenda?

Real Leaders are few and far between. Sometimes leaders are absent when they are needed most. President Obama is an example of failed leadership. He was capable of getting people to listen, without having the skills to manage the intracacies of the  Politics involved. Obama lacked the strength of character while having the oratory skills required of leadership. 

 Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, three of the past centuries most formidable leaders,  have each left mankind with three distinct statements that have made people stop, listen, hear and reflect on their words.

Eisenhower just before leaving offfice in January 1961 spoke of being wary of the " Power of the Military & Industrial Complex", Churchill making his famous statement, "we are not at the beginning of the end but the end of the beginning", during World War ll and Franklin Roosevelt saying "we have nothing to fear but fear itself" during the Great Depression.

Few have the ability to become Leaders, many have the ability to thwart leadership!

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