Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me! There’s probably very few people, who have not heard this adage, numerous times. However, students of history, tell us, history often repeats itself, in some form or another, and many, in positions of leadership, seem to fail to learn from it! No one is born to be a leader, and becoming an effective, meaningful one, requires a combination of a positive attitude, willingness to train and learn from the process, transforming experiences to genuine expertise, and avoiding making the same mistakes, over again! That does not mean being perfect, because as long as someone takes action, there is the possibility of a mistake, but rather, it means, when leaders learn from both history, and their own experiences, they IMPROVE.
1. Insights; ideas; imagination; impacts: The rare individual is the one, who possesses insights, which others may not, and brings forth, relevant ideas, to address needs, concerns and priorities. He recognizes that when a leader either takes action, or fails to, there will be an impact, and seeks to use his imagination, to visualize the best way, to avoid past pitfalls and mistakes, improve, and become a better leader!
2. Meaning; movement; motivating: Can you understand the meaning, and significance of events and possibilities, when others are unable to? What might you do, to create positive movement, towards relevance and sustainability? Will you perform as a motivating leader, explaining to constituents, the lessons you’ve learned, and what they teach us?
3. Point; priorities; planning: There is an adage which states, making mistakes is important, because how else might we learn! However, the point of the adage is not, we should seek to make mistakes, but, rather, we must discover the lessons to be learned, and apply them to creating the best course of action! A leader’s planning must be based on goals, needs and priorities!
4. Ramifications; reasoning; rationale; right: How can a leader have the wisdom to make the right decisions/ choices, and select the best options/ path, unless he has learned from experiences and history? Every decision has potential ramifications, and a true leader must possess insightful reasoning, etc. How will your rationale, assist you in leading effectively?
5. Outcome; opportunities; options: A leader must prepare for opportunities, and/ or create the best opportunity, for himself! Evaluate and opt for the options, which your judgment, tells you makes the most sense! What matters is the final outcome, and how an effective leader, brings his organization, to their best possible position!
6. Views; vision; value; values: How have you formulated your core views? Is your vibrant, vital vision, in sync with the values, mission, and heritage of your group? How will your leadership, provide meaningful value, to those you serve?
7. Evaluate; empathy; excellence: Learn the best course, to evaluate options, opportunities and make decisions! Be an empathetic leader, who prioritizes serving with excellence!
How can you become an excellent leader, until/ unless you learn from experiences and history? When we avoid the same pitfalls/ mistakes, your performance will IMPROVE!