Leadership is a gift. It’s given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it.
–General Mark Welsh, Commander of U.S. Air Forces (retired)

Leadership.  We all know it’s not easy, but do you consider it a gift? As leaders, we influence others, hopefully in a positive way.  When you think back over the leaders you’ve worked for in the past, did any stand out? If yes, why?

We’ve worked for leaders that were for lack of a better word “memorable” – some because they inspired and motivated us and others, and then a few because they did exactly the opposite.

General Welsh felt that a key role of a boss was to lead others to success.  Here are some tips he shared for successful leadership:

Be credible.
Be authentic. Mean what you say, commit to it, and ensure your behaviors are aligned.

Pay attention.
What’s working well and what isn’t? What’s the pulse of your work environment? Does a healthy culture exist?

Be prepared to make decisions.
We may not have all the answers, but we can ask the right questions and conduct due diligence so we make informed and impactful decisions.

Know and support your people.
What’s going on in their life personally, how can you help them grow professionally? Leverage their strengths, learn their aspirations, and provide development opportunities.

Is your boss a worthy leader? Do you consider yourself to be a worthy leader? Any stories you’d like to share?


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