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Intro to leadership




This PowerPoint presentation introduces basic concepts and characteristics about leadership. It is intended to supplement conversations held at the beginning of leadership development training. Included are fundamental ideas around attitudes, approaches and philosophies of effective leadership.



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  • 1. A Leader Must Have a Vision: This could be your grandest goal, or an overall sense of accomplishment. Either way, the leader must be able to visualize where he or she wants to be, where he wants his or her organization or community to be. Everything begins with a worthy vision that provides a goal to work towards. 2. A Leader Must be Able to Develop Relationships: Great interpersonal skills are necessary for any leader to possess. The hermit will not achieve greatness, no matter how adept, because the world will not notice him. The leader builds quality relationships based upon trust, respect, cooperation, and teamwork. The leader does not ask what others can do for him or her, but rather what he or she can be doing to help others. A leader inspires others to join him in his quest for success. 3. A Leader Must be Able to Strategize: Successful leaders not only have a great vision, but they are able to develop a plan to reach their goal successfully. The leader knows what accomplishments need to be made, what obstacles must be overcome, and what resources will be needed in order to realize a shared vision. 4. A Leader Must be Able to Resolve Conflict: A good leader will examine conflict from all angles and be able to determine its root cause. In addition to realizing the feelings and perspectives of others, the leader will also recognize and acknowledge their own role in the conflict. They will then work collaboratively with other involved parties in order to successfully resolve the conflict issue while keeping important relationships intact. 5. A Leader Must be a Good Problem Solver: No matter how well thought out, the road to realizing a vision will be full of potholes. Thorough planning can help smooth out the road, but there will be some ruts in the road that threaten to rip the wheels off of the car. A good leader will recognize this ahead of time and plan accordingly, offering a backup plan when the original one goes awry. Leaders are able to think on their feet, gather all available information, decipher the facts, and use some good common sense to come up with a workable solution.

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  • 1. What qualities made them good leaders? Do you have some examples of good leaders?
  • 2. Leadership guidance of others in their pursuits, often by organizing, directing, coordinating, supporting, and motivating their efforts Leadership is . . . Reciprocal Transactional Transformational Cooperative Adaptive
  • 3. Some Leadership Myths Leadership is power (with people rather than over people) Leaders are born (but leaders are also “made”) All groups have leaders (large groups tend to require a leader) People resist their leaders (most groups accept the need for a leader)
  • 4. Effective leaders . . . Articulate a Shared Vision Develop Relationships Recognize the assets of others Strategize and Organize Solve Problems and Resolve Conflict
  • 5. Do you think of yourself as a leader? If not . . . Why? If so . . . What has most challenged or threatened your ability to lead? What has most strengthened it?
  • 6. P R O M I S E S 7 Make few promises, and keep them! Credibility lost when leadership fails to keep promises Ensure commitment is realistic and attainable Keep stakeholders informed of progress American Society Of Mechanical Engineers, Student Leadership Training Seminar ASME.ORG If situations change, and a promise cannot be kept: Immediately contact those affected, avoid rumors Explain carefully and thoroughly the reasons Allow free feedback, consider others Follow up with mutually agreed corrective actions
  • 7. 8 Evaluate evidence Allow everyone involved to express viewpoint Consider other’s rights, what’s fair Ignore unsubstantiated information Base decisions on logical thinking, not emotions American Society Of Mechanical Engineers, Student Leadership Training Seminar ASME.ORG Make Evidence-Based Decisions
  • 8. 9 Recognize no one is perfect If you aren’t making any mistakes you may not be taking any risks Determine who is affected by mistake, and if any corrective action is needed Mistakes are learning opportunities Document lessons learned from mistakes American Society Of Mechanical Engineers, Student Leadership Training Seminar ASME.ORG Good leaders admit their mistakes.
  • 9. Leadership is an Action Not a Position
  • 10. The Most Important Words - Author unknown The six most important words: "I admit I made a mistake.“ The five most important words: "You did a good job.“ The four most important words: "What is your opinion?“ The three most important words: "If you please.“ The two most important words: "Thank you,“ The one most important word: "We“ The least most important word: "I"
  • 11. Be unpretentious and modest. Be someone who does not think he or she is better or more important than others.
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