Are You A Leader-tonya mitchell

Leadership Are You a Leader? by Connie H. Deutsch Having designed leadership workshops for businesses, I’m always amazed at the bias toward leadership qualities. According to various studies, most of them agree that leaders are born, not made. If I really believed that, I’d just tell corporate America not to bother with leadership development workshops; just send out talent scouts to find those leaders and sign them up as fast as you can. But I don’t believe that. I truly believe that there are very few in power who have the patience or the intuition to know when they meet someone if they have the kind of leadership potential that can be developed. Most of those in managerial positions think of leadership qualities as those who are extroverts and charismatic. OK, most people are not charismatic, but a good number of them are extroverts. And, still, those extroverts are not necessarily good leaders even though they have spectacular social skills. I think one of the most important factors that is often overlooked is that most people don’t know what they’re really made of until they are called upon to use those skills. Does someone really know how brave he is in his day-to-day life or does he find his heroism when he has to run into his burning house to rescue his family or run into the ocean to rescue someone who is drowning? When introverts have no reason to use their leadership skills, they usually don’t. But give them a reason to be a leader, and you’d be surprised how many of them will rise to the occasion. I would trust an introvert to be a better leader than an extrovert on the basis that an extrovert may not feel comfortable giving orders because he’s trying too hard to be liked by everyone. I know that this is a sweeping generalization, as I meant it to be, because I think that leadership abilities in introverts are often overlooked on the assumption that they don’t have enough social skills to get people to follow their orders. What many managers fail to see is that introverts are often very good at strategic planning because they are not in the thick of a social circle. That doesn’t mean that extroverts aren’t as good at strategic planning as introverts; it just means that this is a skill that is often overlooked in introverts because they aren’t seen as charismatic leaders. So, the next time someone asks are leaders born or developed, from what I’ve seen, I’d have to say they can be either; they just need a reason to demonstrate their abilities. About the Author: Connies books: Whispers of the Soul, A Slice of Life, Whispers of the Soul for the Rest of Your Life, From Where I’m Sitting, View from the Sidelines, Reaching for the Brass Ring of Life, Purple Days and Starry Nights, Here and There, And Thats how it Goes, & The Counseling Effect. Her website: ..conniehdeutsch../ See more of her articles by clicking here ConnieHDeutsch 相关的主题文章: