Qualities The Best Leader Must Possess


Illustrating the qualities of ideal leaders in the form of blank verse poetry. The ideal we should strive for. Not how most leaders actually are.

Leadership asks “Why? What is our vision? What is our purpose? What is our goal?”
Management asks “How do we achieve our goal? What is the plan?”
Labor asks? “What is the next step? What should we do now?”
On which level should your future consultations be conducted?
On which level do you wish your future consultations to be conducted?

There is much management but little leadership.
Leadership is not something you receive by appointment
nor is it based on authority, position, money or power.

Leadership is about what you do for others.
Leaders give without expecting to receive.
Leaders care about others without expecting that they themselves are cared about.
Leaders support others without needing support themselves.

Leaders are just towards others, even if those others are not just towards them.
Leaders first understand others, before they expect others to understand them.
Leaders do good towards those who do good towards them
and they do good towards those who do evil towards them.

Leaders bring order out of chaos,
foresight from myopia,
hope from despair,
trust from suspicion
and courage from fear.

What is the purpose of hope and trust?
The archer aims his arrows not at the clouds to hit them,
but to hit the target much further away on the ground.
What would happen if the archer would shoot horizontally?

Trust is the opportunity you give others
to become the best they can be.

Leaders create other good leaders,
by bringing out the best in them.

The child is completely dependent upon the parents.
But the parents know that in a way they need their child more than their child needs them.
The student needs the teacher.
But in a way teachers need their students more than their students need them.
The same is true for leaders.

Truth is true, regardless by whom it is said.
First focus on what is said, not who says it.

“Do not know the truth by the men,
but know the truth, and then you will know who are truthful.”

Don’t acknowledge quality depending on the person,
but acknowledge quality, and then you will know who are qualified.
First focus on what is done, not who does it.
Good work is good, regardless by whom it is done.

 

Everything has a purpose
and everyone is useful.
How useful, depends on leadership.

Reality is what has happened.
What has not happened does not exist.

Focus on what you have.
Do not focus on what you do not have, because it does not exist.
Focus on what exists.                         Do not focus on what does not exist.
Focus on what is possible.                Do not focus on what is impossible.
Focus on what people can do.         Do not focus on what people cannot do.
The problem is choice.

This is how a leader brings out the best from within the people around him.
This is how a leader lets the people around him bring out the best from within himself.

Everyone is a leader
within his responsibilities and abilities.

Focus on what you can do. Do not focus on what you cannot do.

 

We describe the truth
by what we choose to say.
But we also describe the truth
by what we choose not to say.

And we also describe the truth
by choosing how to say, what we say.

For example…

Correct, but do not emphasize the negative in people.
“Your work was very good! But you made a mistake here.”
Or “You made a mistake here, but your work was very good!”
Which sentence is better?
How do you choose to describe the truth?

The problem is choice.
The solution is choice.
The choice is yours!


There is something extra for those interested in this topic from a theological perspective. For further contemplation I have hidden some links in this text to some parts of the Al-Quran and Islamic tradition. They may not seem related at first sight. But I can assure you they are.