Leadership Skills 101

pict - leader arrowMr. Andy Andrews, author and speaker, has developed a legacy of giving wisdom to business leaders and students. The following quote is from his blog site, which can be read here.

Please review his site, then add a comment on this site regarding the importance of integrity as an integral part of anyone’s leadership skills.

There are many qualities that will help you along the way to creating the life you truly desire. Persistence, gratitude, and service are a few of many possible examples. But there’s one quality in particular that we can tend to overlook when taking stock of ourselves—the quality of leadership.

We have a habit of telling ourselves the same lie over and over: “Not everyone is a natural leader.”

Why is this a lie? Because everyone—yes, including you—is a leader whether they know it or not. You have within you the qualities you need to lead people. Now, conventional wisdom would tell you otherwise. In my opinion, though, leadership as a course or study is overblown, overcomplicated, and a stumbling block to a lot of people. You don’t have to read hundreds of books on leadership to become an actual leader.

In addition Wikipedia states that Leadership is:
“Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”.[1] Other in-depth definitions of leadership have also emerged.”

Wikipedia also states that integrity is: “Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy,[1] in that integrity regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs.
The word “integrity” stems from the Latin adjective integer (whole, complete).[2] In this context, integrity is the inner sense of “wholeness” deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character. As such, one may judge that others “have integrity” to the extent that they act according to the values, beliefs and principles they claim to hold.
A value system’s abstraction depth and range of applicable interaction may also function as significant factors in identifying integrity due to their congruence or lack of congruence with observation. A value system may evolve over time[3] while retaining integrity if those who espouse the values account for and resolve inconsistencies.[4]”

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10 responses to “Leadership Skills 101

  1. He is saying that everybody can be a leader. All people have the skills to be a leader, even though they may think they don’t. They just have to believe they can do it and work to accomplish it.

  2. Hannah W.

    You need to have integrity to be a leader because you always need to stand for what you think. You need to be able to take responsibility for your actions.

  3. Mr. Andrew Anderson obviously knew what he was talking about because he knows that anyone can be a leader. Everyone doesn’t need to read thousands of books to be a good leader, because everyone possess leadership in themselves, they just have to show it because who knows maybe other people look up to that person. Having to make your own decisions and being able to face the consequences when its a wrong decision, is what makes someone a great leader.

  4. This is very true, most people like myself are scared of making a solid decision. It does take a leader and it surprising that based on one person can change their aspect on that particular person. Integrity is becoming a social influencer to letting know everyone how you think and how you get things done and persuading others to do the same. A person with integrity also has their morals and structured.

  5. Michael

    Andy posted very clearly that leader ship is a very large and beneficial part of every ones life. Being a leader is not hard all it takes is willing to have an idea and then saying it. Andy sais that people will agree if there is only one person saying and idea. This is because they usually like the person and he or she actually SAID something

  6. Aubrey

    You must have integrity because you have to let people know they can trust you and do what you tell them you will. You always have to stand up for what’s you believe in.

  7. Nisha O.

    Everybody is capable of succeeding at everything if they try. Someone with integrity has a structured life and has an organized plan for what they want.

  8. Jayde H

    Mr. Andrews knew what he was talking about in this aspect. He knows that anyone can be a leader, you just have to have the right skills. Like integrity, responsibility,and other key qualities. It isn’t hard to be a leader, any one can.

  9. Alex Aguirre

    Mr. Andrews had a pretty clear idea of what he was talking about just from past experience. Some people including me have a hard time making decisions that you know will affect you dramatically, especially now since Im a senior and ready to graduate heading into the real world. Integrity is needed in everyone to become leaders and show leadership. Having to make your own decisions and being able to face the consequences when its a wrong decision, is what makes someone a great leader.

  10. Taylor O.

    He says that it is incredibly important to have integrity. He also says that everyone is capable of success and leadership. People just have to work hard enough at it to accomplish their goals.

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