One of the principal challenges, to effectively, consistently, and relevantly leading, is, possessing, and maintaining, the MORAL imperative, and the right reasons, for wanting to be a leader! In my, over 4 decades, of identifying, qualifying, training, developing, and consulting to thousands of actual, and/ or potential leaders, I have come to learn, and realize, how challenging it is, to recognize this personal characteristic, trait, and degree of personal integrity, in order to wisely select, the right people, to train, and elect to positions of leadership! With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly consider, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this entails, and why it’s such an important consideration.
1. Motives; motivating; mention; make mark; mean it: The challenge begins, because so few people, are willing, to objectively consider, their true motives, and reasons, for wanting to be a leader. Unless/ until, these people are motivated by quality service, and representing the best interests of the organization, and stakeholders, they probably shouldn’t be leading! The right individual, is consistently, focused on motivating others, to become more committed, and involved, on a regular, consistent basis! This includes, possessing a willingness to mention the contribution, stakeholders contribute, and thank them! How might someone make their personal mark, for the better? Possessing the moral imperative, must include meaning, what one says, rather than merely using empty rhetoric, and making promises!
2. Options; opportunities; opinion: One must consider, with an open – mind, many alternatives, and options, and position himself, to recognize the best opportunities, or create his own opportunity! A true leader articulates his positions and ideas, as well as personal opinions, in a manner, which motivates and inspires, those he serves, and represents!
3. Relevant; rationale; reasoning; realistic: No idea, no matter how, well – intentioned, does what’s needed, and necessary, until/ unless, it is truly relevant, to making the organization, the best, it might possibly be! A true leader clearly articulates his rationale, and reasoning, while maintaining a realistic attitude, and a well – considered, action and strategic plan!
4. Attention; attitude; aptitude; articulate: When one pays attention, to relevant details, and consistently proceeds with, and maintains, a positive, can – do, attitude, while developing the aptitude and skill – set, to make a relevant, sustainable difference, for the better, he is on the path, to greater leadership! Combining this with the ability and willingness to articulate a positive, motivating, inspiring message, he takes charge, and proceeds, with the moral imperative, needed to become a true leader!
5. Listen; learn; leadership; liaison: Great leaders listen, far more often, than they speak, and learn, from every conversation and experience, in a relevant, sustainable manner! Relevant, sustainable, quality, effective leadership, requires a willingness, and ability, to become the liaison, between the various components, of the organization!
Will you possess, and maintain, the MORAL imperative, to be, a true leader? Will you maintain the degree of commitment, and focus, which makes a difference, for the better?