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The Best Leaders Are Kind Ones

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 143

Kindness is a characteristic that is often ignored by those in positions of leadership. True leaders value their constituents and place the benefit of members, supporters and their organization, as their highest priority. In my over thirty years of intimate involvement in numerous areas with well over a thousand leaders and potential leaders, as well as some that I often refer to as leadership wannabes, I firmly believe that the best leaders are invariably those that are kind. True leaders never take anything or anyone for granted, and always appreciate any and all efforts by others. Leo Tolstoy explained this precisely when he wrote, "Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness."

1. Kindness must be genuine, and never faked. When one pretends to care, be kind, and thus be appreciative, it nullifies any benefit or potential benefit derived from that gesture. Dictionary.com defines kindness as: "1. the state of being kind; 2. a kind act; favor; 3. kind behavior; 4. friendly feeling; liking." In order for a leader to be kind, he must be pure of heart and without personal biases, prejudices, or a personal agenda. This type of individual feels a personal kinship with those he serves, and places providing a true value to them as a priority. He is appreciative of any and all support given, realizing that it is difficult to get even the loyalist supporters to actually step forward and volunteer. He both privately and publicly expresses his gratefulness. Many of those that are ineffective that are in leadership positions, often pretend to be grateful and care.

2. True leaders develop a personal bond with those that they interact with. Because of the high level of personal integrity that invariably accompanies kindness, they effectively and carefully listen to the needs and desires of those they represent. This creates particularly attentive leaders, who value others and pledge themselves to providing exceptional value to their constituents, followers, supporters, as well as their organization.

We often hear discussions and conversations where someone refers to random acts of kindness. True kindness is rarely random, because it is a developed behavior that is consistent and perpetual. A leader can never turn on and then turn off being kind, although I have often witnessed individuals in leadership who have attempted to appear to be kind and considerate, while actually often being self serving and manipulative. Observe your leader's overall behavior, in a variety of situations and circumstances. What you observe will often tell you quite a bit about the true colors of that individual.

With over 30 years consultative sales, marketing, training, managerial, and operations experience, Richard Brody has trained sales and marketing people in numerous industries, given hundreds of seminars, appeared as company spokesperson on over 200 radio and television programs. He's negotiated, arranged and organized hundreds of events.

Richard's owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. His company Website is http://www.plan2lead.net, and he can be followed on Twitter @rgbrody. For great information on many topics, visit PLAN2LEAD's Facebook page and LIKE ( http://www.facebook.com/Plan2lead )

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