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Thoughts on Good Leadership

Thoughts on Good Leadership

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Published by Martin C. Doege
Some ideas on what a good leader (in business/academia) should be like.
Some ideas on what a good leader (in business/academia) should be like.

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Published by: Martin C. Doege on Jan 11, 2008
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Thoughts on Good Leadership
Martin C. DoegeJanuary 10, 2008
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A good leader primarily places demands upon himself before demanding
things from others. What he seeks most is to be perfect himself and to serve
as a good example.2.
A good leader knows (from personal experience) that perfection is often onlyachieved after errors and difficulties, therefore he acknowledges errors (in hisown work and that of others) and moves on, trying not to repeat the error andremaining confident about what he does—he does not get“stuck”because of aproblem. If necessary, he changes gears for a while, follows a slightly different
road, until he has gained the necessary understanding to solve his original
problem. He knows that reaching a higher level of understanding sometimes
involves activity that some people like to call “games”, “procrastination”, or
“not pertinent”, but he knows better than that.3.
A good leader wants to be able to understand and do things on his own
(although once he has understood how they work he should delegate them,
either to other people or a machine—he should
not 
get into a false competition
with the people he is leading). A good leader is curious about
how 
things
work exactly; he cares about the road, not just the eventual outcome.4.
A good leader knows that self-control and self-restraint are the basis of goodleadership. To to be able to lead others one must first be able to lead
oneself 
.
That does
not 
mean that a leader should not show emotions; particularly
positive
emotions are necessary for good leadership at all times. He knows
that being an inspiration to others is partly based on intellect and partly on
feeling.5.
A good leader is confident and bases his decisions on his permanent values,
not on outside conditions that may vary from day to day. He listens to
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