Webster defines leadership as the position or function of a leader - a person who guides
or directs a group; the ability to lead on an act or the instance of leading, guidance or direction.

According to a recent article from EHS today, leadership requires the following:

  • A STRONG WORK ETHIC.  We can’t expect more from our people than we are willing to do ourselves.
  • AN ATTITUDE THAT WE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET THE JOB DONE.  This communicates our high expectations and our pledge to the performance metrics we have committed to.  
  • A “CAN DO” ATTITUDE.  To challenge, and ultimately demonstrate a high energy level to smash, long-standing paradigms in the business.  As Joel Barker says: “Those who say it can’t be done need to get out of the way of the people who are already doing it!”
  • A KEEN SENSE OF URGENCY.  A passion to run to the problems and a dedication to use good process - not heroics, to eliminate the root cause of problems.
  • THE DISCIPLINE TO WORK WITH A SENSE OF PRIORITY.  Deal with the most significant few issues, i.e., the ones that have real impact/leverage to improve the business for customers, shareholders, employees.
  • A SOUND TIME MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR DAILY USE.  Time is the only resource we all have the same amount of - 24 hours in a day.  How effectively we use this resource has a huge impact on our success or failure as a leader.
  • THE ABILITY TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE.  Be the model for the skills development necessary to change how people think, work and behave.  Educate, train, mentor, communicate and develop your people.

“Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage.”  -- Henry Ford

“Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”  -- Albert Schweitzer

Do you have what it takes to be an effective leader?

To read this article in its entirety, please visit: EHS Today: Seven Requirements For Leadership. 

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