What a Leader Needs Now

395In a recent edition of INC. Magazine (www.inc.com), Leigh Buchanan writes an interesting article talking about  traits that are needed in leaders today.  Many of these traits have been considered feminine in the past, but the article explains that organizations where leaders exhibit these traits experience greater results and create a better work environment.

As a leader, how do you do with these?

1)  EMPATHY:  Being sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others

2) VULNERABILITY: Owning up to one’s limitations and asking for help

3) HUMILITY: Seeking to serve others and to share credit

4) INCLUSIVENESS:  Soliciting and listening to many voices

5) GENEROSITY: Being liberal with time, contacts, advice, and support

6) BALANCE: Giving life, as well as work, its due

7) PATIENCE: Taking a long-term view

Good leadership is an ART.  We need to be able to use all of our natural traits in our leadership, but also need to be able to adapt to the style of leadership that is most effective in today’s work environment.  This means that we learn from others, we push ourselves into areas where we’re not so comfortable, and we do what needs to get done in order to fulfill the vision and purpose of our organization.

Be a leader that is willing to grow.

Start by looking at these 7 traits above.  Do you have some space for growth in these areas?


Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 31 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: www.russellcline.com Write directly to Russ at: rcline@extremeresponse.org www.extremeresponse.org www.leadermundial.org twitter: leadwithruss, leadermundial

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