Are you leading from the front?

February 23, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leading from the front

Sir Gustav Nossal, a great Australian leader, scientist, thinker and our Y2K Australian of the Year in 2000 defined strong leadership as having “‘the courage, creativity and capacity to inspire participation, development and sustainability for a strong community’.”

Having watched and learned from those that I have worked with or watched closely or observed from afar, I would add to Mr Nossal’s list my own top 5 five leadership qualities:; integrity;, self awareness;, delegation skills;, a strong sense of vision and; above all, a good sense of humour (especially the ability to laugh at yourself when it counts).

There appears no set, agreed criteria for being a good leader and people are always quick to criticize from afar. However, if you want to be a leader be sure to grow some think skin and be confident in your ability to meet the challenges that will come your way, but also know when it’s time to listen and learn yourself.


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