What are some qualities of leaders that come to mind? Passionate Charismatic Outgoing Assertive Persistent Dedicated Integrity “Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
1. Strong Character 2. Charisma 3. Commitment 4. Communication 5. Competence 6. Courage 7. Good judgment (Maxwell, 2009)
15. Relationship builder 16. Confident 17. Responsible 18. Self-Disciplined 19. Servanthood: Putting others first 20. Able to give and take feedback 21. Vision (Maxwell, 2009) These are a lot of qualities. How do you reach this point?
Literature on leadership is vast 1,000 recent books published on topic 266,000 books on Amazon alone! Popular media’s description of good leadership: Great vision Emotionally stable Confident Enthusiastic Intelligent Potential problem with these terms? Not observable or measureable behaviors (Bailey & Burch, 2010)
Watch and learn! Observe the current leaders Do you think the following is an example of a good leader?
Volunteer Demonstrates desire to move up Short term practice Opportunity to practice motivating colleagues But how?? Motivation “Vision” Be persuasive by showing your enthusiasm Be clear and provide a task analysis Integrity: know what you stand for and stick to it! Be generous with positive reinforcement (Bailey & Burch, 2010)
Participating in Meetings Tips for when you are just starting out Always be early! 10 minute standard Choose a seat with good sight line Introduce yourself and exchange information Observe others Look at behavior of chair and colleagues Take good notes Provide positive reinforcement to colleagues Volunteer Give presentations in a timely fashion Provide positive feedback to meeting chair (Bailey & Burch, 2010)
Running a Meeting Agenda Send out 24 hours in advance Set strict limits Do not include too much Increase participation Shaping Provide positive reinforcement for suggestions Encourage colleagues to offer comments Avoid punishing participation inadvertently (Bailey & Burch, 2010)
Delegating Responsibility Take on coaching role Positive reinforcement through public recognition Encourage others to volunteer (Bailey & Burch, 2010)
Working with families Social workers Committees Nonbehavioral professionals A leader must be willing to fill roles in a variety of situations often in a short time frame.
Expand your knowledge Find resources beyond current discipline Push yourself to see the “big picture” Focus on creative thinking (Bailey & Burch, 2010)
Exude energy Show people how important their contributions are to the team Positive reinforcement! Help people reach their own goals, not just yours Take interest in your colleagues Give yourself permission to lead Become comfortable with leading others Be flexible Strong work ethic Shows comradery (Calano & Salzman, 1990)
Effective leaders are intelligent, enthusiastic, and confident skilled in participating in and running meetings skilled in delegating responsibilities able to motivate others using positive reinforcement able to see the big picture and use creative thinking Leadership can begin with small steps and is maintained through practice (Bailey & Burch, 2010)
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