Leadership Character Analysis

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"The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader" by Dr.John Maxwell pulls readers in through challenges that gets them seeing leadership from various lenses.. Dr. Maxwell writes "Great leaders see the need, seize the opportunity, and serve without expecting anything in return," In essence that captures the overall theme of the book. At the heart of leadership is the desire to serve other people. Practical matters such as focusing on results and living disciplined life are included under this umbrella.Leadership qualities are interesting phenomena, which can be replenished to an infinite degree. However, John Maxwell managed to highlight those qualities that are truly crucial toward leadership that will appeal to all categories of followers. This…show more content…
In the book, Dr.Maxwell talks about Steven Berglas, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and author of The Success Syndrome,who says that people who achieve great heights but lack the bedrock character to sustain them through the stress are headed for disaster. He believes they are destined for one or more of the four A’s: arrogance, painful feelings of aloneness, destructive adventure-seeking, or adultery. That is why character is significantly important to keep leaders grounded and genuine in order to avoid going astray. When I think of a leader with great character in the Cedar Community, Wali comes to mind. He presence is of someone with great character. His humor and calm demeanor adds to his humble personality. He is the epitome of character. So much can be learned from his leadership, I know the Cedar Riverside Community are repeating the benefits of his…show more content…
In fact, logically speaking a leader who delegates cannot accomplish anything apart from others. So while being results oriented, Maxwell does not neglect the relational aspect of success. He shares the significance of being a dreamer, he expresses about turning the dream into reality in spite of the opinions of others. His advice is, "Never allow others to put obstacles in the pathway to your dreams." This reminds me of Pastor Jane. The Lutheran church has been open for decades and her fight to keep it in the Cedar Riverside is remarkable. So many people told her to move the Lutheran church to the suburbs. She went against the grain and fought to keep it in Cedar. Kouzes and Posner would characterize her as an exemplary leader who models the way. Dr. Maxwell would agree with Kouzes and Posner, but he would just characterize Pastor Jane as a dreamer who keeps growing as a leader as she overcomes many more obstacles in her
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