What Makes A Good Leader?

My idea of a good leader is someone who is caring, nurturing, and an excellent listener. They also want and encourage people to be their own, unique best selves. This leader knows that anyone imitating another signifies weakness of character and a troubled person.

All good leaders are role models to those around them, influencing the behavior of others, including their inner circle. Not because they choose to be but because they are authentic in all aspects.
Whether front and center or working behind the scenes, an outstanding leader’s influence is everywhere. Water runs downhill, and a leader’s influence manifests within their inner circle for good or bad. And through them, it ripples throughout any organization, large or small.

Wise leaders know their power, even if they believe it is hidden or invisible. Their encouraging or destructive words and behaviors exert a powerful force on every follower.

Organizations are like families, where behaviors are well known by those within them. Faking authenticity is useless. On the other hand, everyone will know if a leader is open, vulnerable, and honest. And, there is a strong likelihood they will want this for others. There is no higher calling for a leader than setting a positive example through their words and behavior while assisting others to become their own true selves.

If I lead, I teach—My influence telling too—I, a role model.

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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