Leadership is easy to intellectualize, but elusive to actualize. Leadership is part strategy, but mostly judgment. Always it is about grace, confidence, and touch. There are no half measures when it comes to leading others. You must be fully engaged and fully committed, but you must never personalize what is happening around you or even to you. As the leader, you must be cognizant of the past, intensely focused on the present, and constantly scanning the horizon for what the future will bring. Your starting point is the here and now, the results that you realize today. From here, you must execute a strategy to take you there—a point that your team members may or may not be able to see as yet. So how does a leader accomplish all that? The answer lies in twelve absolutes making the essential ingredients for extraordinary leadership. It’s like a chain; each absolute is connected to the one before and morphing into the one that follows. These links represent both competencies and activities that all leaders must possess and master, regardless of their leadership style.
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So how does a leader accomplish all that? The answer lies in twelve absolutes making the essential ingredients for extraordinary leadership.
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