30 Overlooked Acts of Leadership

Posted on February 17th, 2015 in Perspectives on Leadership by Jan Bilgen

When thinking about leaders, there are some pronouns that come to people minds; some being proud, courageous, strong, and exemplary, but what about those people who do not always show these characteristics?  An article that I found identifies other leadership qualities that are often disregarded.

30 Overlooked Acts of Leadership Courage:

  1. Speak up when you know you’ll be judged harshly.
  2. Shut up and let others have their say even if you think you are right.
  3. Give critical feedback to someone in power when you know it might have unfavorable consequences.
  4. Receive critical feedback from others with grace.
  5. Develop others without fear even when you know they may become smarter than you are.
  6. Be kind to those who disagree with you, because they might teach you something.
  7. Coach and mentor others even if it’s not part of your job description.
  8. Say no when everyone else is saying yes.
  9. Say yes when everyone else is saying no.
  10. Accept responsibility for the shameful or embarrassing things you’ve done.
  11. Take the high road when you know how difficult it can be.
  12. Walk away when the fight isn’t worth it.
  13. Stay and fight for the greater good when everyone else is running away from it.
  14. Reflect deeply when you really just want to take action.
  15. Love your followers even when you’re unhappy with them.
  16. Forgive others’ failures when you know they’ve learned an important lesson.
  17. Give others credit even when you’d like to take it for yourself.
  18. Keep going when the going gets really, really tough.
  19. Connect with your heart when your head wants to rule.
  20. Connect with your head when your emotions are threatening to take over.
  21. Ask “what’s right” when you prefer to be critical.
  22. Be curious when you’d rather be judgmental.
  23. Step out of your comfort zone when you hate stepping out or being uncomfortable.
  24. Listen to others deeply, without giving advice.
  25. Ask when you really want to tell.
  26. Do things a different way even though it’s “always been done this way”.
  27. See the potential in others when everyone else sees what’s wrong with them.
  28. Admit your failings when you think you’re supposed to be perfect.
  29. Control your impulses and desires when the temptation is greatest.
  30. Reduce suffering because you can.

I hope after reading this blog you can describe yourself as a leader. If not, stop by the Student Involvement Office where we can make that happen!

-Jordan

http://www.aspire-cs.com/30-overlooked-acts-of-leadership-courage

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