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My friend Brad Lomenick had a great post yesterday at his blog about four traits that every leader should have.  These come from the book “The Leadership Challenge” by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.  See what you think: 1. HONESTY– telling the truth. Your team needs to believe you are worthy of their trust. Knowing in your heart that you truly believe what you are saying, and they can believe it too. 2. FORWARD-LOOKING– having a sense of direction and concern for the future of the organization. You must know where you are going if you expect others to willingly join you on the journey. People won’t willingly follow you until they can see how they share in the future you envision. 3. INSPIRING- people on your team expect you to be positive, upbeat, and optimistic. Your energy signals your personal level of commitment. Sharing enthusiasm, excitement, and energy. You have to give your team reason to believe that tomorrow will be even better than today. 4. COMPETENT– your ability to get things done. People have to believe you know what you’re talking about and you know what you’re doing. Competence inspires confidence in the team that you’ll be able to guide the enterprise in the direction it needs to go. Are there other ESSENTIAL traits that you think a leader must have?  What would you add? Which one is the most important?  (IS one more important than another). It seems to me that if you stick at even one of these… it could be a deal breaker.  Maybe you’re inspiring and competent, and you have a great vision for the future; but you’re not honest.  You’re not my leader. Or if you’re honest, inspiring and competent; but you don’t look to what could be in the future.  Also… not what I’m looking for. Maybe you’re as honest as can be, inspiring, and forward looking; but you’re as competent as a potato.  Again, deal breaker. I guess that’s what the title of this post actually implies… every leader MUST HAVE these four attributes. Do you agree? Todd

Brad Lomenick shares a great question:  What is your current greatest leadership challenge?  Brad admits that his is delegating.  Mine, I think, is perfectionism.  I can way overwork a project, taking 50% of my time to complete it, and an additional 50% to tweak and try to make it perfect. I admit, I don’t do this in every project… just a few… but it drives me crazy, and costs me a lot of time. What’s YOUR biggest current leadership challenge?  What are YOU working on? Todd

Current Events
My friend, Brad Lomenick, made an interesting prediction on his blog this morning.  Brad predicts that in 2010 a major merger will happen between two large successful megachurches, and usher in a new trend of collaboration and partnership… That’s a great prediction.  Do you think it would/could happen? If it did, would it be a good thing? And if it did, what two megachurches would you like to see merge? Todd