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Description: 10 Qualities of Great Leaders | Leadership Traits | Web Resources/Resources from SECA | Men or Women: Better Leaders?
Volume 8 Issue 1 January 2014 Leadership Transition Challenges and Opportunities For most of the Boards of Directors of SECA the fall is a time for leadership transition. You may be welcoming a new President-Elect saying good-bye to a President embracing a new President. For many of the affiliate leaders it s a time of change and reflection....where have we been where are we going and how do we get there Each new leader brings their own personal set of skills to the position. The individual s personality may be very different from their predecessor---their work and leadership style poles apart from the previous President--their relationships and communication with Board members yet to be discovered. The SECA Board knows that these transitions bring both challenge and opportunity to the Board of Directors and we thought it might be helpful to share with you the best thoughts of the experts about what makes a great leader. If you re the new President a continuing Board member or maybe an emerging leader take some time to think about your role and how the information we ll share can help you to develop those outstanding leadership characteristics and qualities. Many of the characteristics and qualities that the experts list can be developed and learned. Obviously if you re someone for whom many of these things are innate it will be easier to enhance them however if it s a learning curve for you don t despair. Developing leadership skills can be a path to enhancing your stature and contribution to your state and local affiliate. Remember everything doesn t happen at once....begin your journey at the local level and then commit to service at the state level. Who knows you might be the next President of SECA The Leadership Letter January 2014 SOUTHERN EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION Some Thoughts on Leadership If your actions inspire others to dream more learn more do more and become more you are a leader. John Quincy Adams Before you are a leader success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader success is all about growing others. Jack Welch Leaders aren t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else through hard work...... Vince Lombardi A leader is best when people barely know he exists when his work is done his aim fulfilled they will say we did it ourselves. Lao Tzu Leadership Commission Members 2 3 3 4 Anita Dailey GA Marti Nicholson OK Susan Barnes VA Crystal Campbell SC Jeffrey Leffler MS Inside this issue 10 Qualities of Great Leaders Leadership Traits Web Resources Resources from SECA Men or Women Better Leaders Ten Qualities of Great Leaders If you decided to do a literature search you d find dozens and dozens of articles books and reports on leadership. It s a topic that has fascinated writers and researchers who worked to quantify just what it takes to be a great leader. From our research it appears that everyone has reached similar conclusions and we ll outline those qualities and characteristics that many experts have identified as necessary for success in leadership. According to the article 10 for success and specific. Everyone understands that these goals will move the organization toward achieving the mission. Demonstrates thoughtfully and are respectful of the views of others. Has a Can Do Get It Done Attitude Obstacles Competency A great leader Qualities of Superior Leadership from www.entrepreneur.com these are the 10 characteristics that great leaders share. doesn t have to be an expert in a particular field but needs to understand how to tap the expertise of persons around him her. The leader who can effectively utilize experts is viewed as both competent and successful. This competency can often be developed as a person moves through different professional opportunities within an organization or field. Develops Leadership are always there in any changes that a leader undertakes the great leader acknowledges those challenges and develops ways to address them to move toward a goal. If your Board sees that you re positive expect to move forward and will negotiate a way to get there the movement toward the goal will be positive and direct. Is Inspirational Nothing Communicates a Sense of Mission For great leaders there s no question---they know what their mission is. Their mission is well thoughtout and articulated clearly and concisely so that everyone (Board employees etc.) understand why the organization exists and what is should accomplish. leader s vision for how to achieve the mission is clear and concise--abstract enough that people can dream and contribute but clear enough that it is understandable and provides a blueprint for action. Teams Strong leaders utilize the expertise of people around them. No one person possess all the skills necessary to successfully lead an organization.... promoting collegial teams is a mark of a good leader. Communicates brings people on board with a project or issue more quickly than someone who demonstrates leadership and inspiration in the process. People naturally look up to a great leader and that leader s job is to motivate and inspire others to move toward a goal. Meeting one goal doesn t allow a leader to rest...it s just time to address the next challenge. Leaders who are constantly striving to achieve higher goals will easily find themselves in good company with others who wish to see that success. Commits to Progress Defines a Clear Vision The Effectively Nothing is more detrimental to successful leadership than being unable to communicate your vision and goals effectively. The great leader can articulate and share his vision with organizational stakeholders. Possesses Interpersonal Remember The greatest leader Sets Achievable and Realistic Goals A great Skills If you don t know how leader can map out how to move an organization toward that vision. Goals are achievable can be measured to work with other people your title as leader will be only that--a title. Great leaders are approachable and confident in their position listen is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. Ronald Reagan Source 10 Qualities of Superior Leaders www.entrepreneur.com Page 2 T H E L E A D E R S HI P L E T T E R These Traits Make a Good Leader Are you considering a leadership position in your local or state affiliate Do you see yourself in this list of traits that experts define as necessary for great leadership ship skills. Don t tell people how to do things tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. George S. Patton Jr. Honesty---Perhaps one of the most critical of the items we ll list honesty as a leader can make or break your success. Do you subscribe to the ethical tenets of the field (SECA has endorsed the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.) Are you honest even if it s difficult to be so As Martin Luther King said The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. Sense of Humor--Nobody likes to work with someone who can t find the humor in situations. Of course there will be trying times but if you can stand back and look at an issue objectively you may find that humorous aspect that s always there. There s always tomorrow and the opportunity to tackle whatever today s problem may be. Commitment---Leaders get their hands dirty and jump in the trenches with their colleagues. For true leaders no task is too small or too menial. Leaders who lead by example will find success in meeting their goals. Leadership is not Confidence--The confident person is a natural leader. This doesn t mean arrogant...it means confident in your skills and abilities. Good leaders exude a calm and sense that problems can be solved challenges met. Leaders are not as we are often Ability to Delegate--Great leaders don t do it all themselves...they share the burden with others and expect support and assistance in reaching goals. If your style is to keep it for yourself your leadership will be sorely tested. Identify the strengths of your colleagues capitalize on them and demonstrate your leader- about titles positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another. John C. Maxwell led to think people who go along with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring or even looking to see whether anyone is following them. Leadership qualities are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers but those that enable them to do without them. They include at the very least courage endurance patience humor flexibility resourcefulness stubbornness a keen sense of reality and the ability to keep a cool and clear head even when things are going badly. True leaders in short do not make people into followers but into other leaders. John Holt Source Top 10 Qualities that Make a Great Leader www.forbes.com Some Web Resources on Leadership Resources from SECA Great Leadership These websites provide articles and information on leadership that you may find useful. http www.forbes.com http www.sedl.org http leadership.uoregon.edu http blogs.hbr.org T H E L E A D E R S HI P L E T T E R J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 4 VOLUME 8 ISSUE 1 Leadership Letters (2006-2013) http www.southernearlychildhood.org leadership_newsletter.php Board Training Modules http www.southernearlychildhood.org leadership_pdf.php training Affiliate Board Resource Page (requires login) www.southernearlychildhood.org seca_board_login.php Page 3 Page 3 Did You Know SECA has a series of nine Board orientation training modules that are available on-line on the Leadership page. The modules include a background paper a PowerPoint presentation (and questions) for Board training and inSOUTHERN EARLY C H I L D H O OD A S S O C I A T I O N formation about resources. Two of the modules will be useful in further research on topics in this newsletter. Module 5A The Board of Directors Structure Activities Module 5B The Board of Directors Training Recruitment All materials can be downloaded from the website at http www.southernearlychildhood.org leadership.php. PO Box 55930 Little Rock AR 72215-5930 1-800-305-SECA (7322) Fax 501-227-5297 Email info southernearlychildhood.org Promoting Quality Care and Education for Young Children and Their Families SECA is a Voice for Southern Children www.southernearlychildhood.org Women or Men Since we ve devoted this issue of the Leadership Letter to the traits of great leaders we thought you might find this study by the Harvard Business Review of interest. Although the study took place in the corporate world there were some findings in comparing the leadership strengths of men and women that we thought you might find intriguing. In the corporate world 67% of leaders are still men. (For our veloping others inspiring and motivating and pursuing their own development. They acknowledge that the stereotype is that female leaders excel at nurturing competencies. In the four categories tested women did score better than men. However those competencies were not the only areas in which women excelled. More women were rated The 2013 SECA Board of Directors field that percentage would be reversed. Our field leadership is predominately female.) The study encompassed 16 leader competencies that the Harvard Business Review had developed over 30 years of research. For example they asked how good is the leader at taking initiative de- by their peers their bosses their reports and their associates as better overall leaders than their male colleagues...Specifically at all levels women were rated higher in fully 12 of the 16 competencies that go into outstanding leadership....And two of the traits where women outscored men to the highest degree--taking initiative and driving for results--have long been thought of as par- ticularly male strengths. As it happened men outscored women significantly on only one management competence in this survey-- the ability to develop a strategic perspective. If you d like to see the actual statistics and list of competencies you can find them on the blog post at the website listed below. Source Are Women Better Leaders Than Men Jack Zenger & Joseph Folkman Harvard Business Review http blogs.hbr.org 2012