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During the 2012 election, I was moved to take action

Effective leadership isn’t about the leader.  It is about the people and mobilizing them toward a communicated and mutually beneficial goal.  That is not an easy task.  You have complete control over your being but you don’t have that control over another individual. Yes, you can make an apathetic person do something but you can’t make them feel the need to take action.

A leader needs to do more to create this sense of ownership.  It is not enough to be decisive and have the ability to execute.  In addition to that, an effective leader prioritizes human fundamentals and is able to move people by relating to them, appealing to their emotions and clarifying their sense of belonging and purpose.  People like to know when, how, what, where and why.  In telling the full story and with honest communication, an effective leader shows respect for the individual.  When people feel respected and like they are part of the team, they are more likely to be engaged, initiate and proactively do.

Think of leaders you’ve interacted with.  Have they taken the time to know your name?  Do they know where you’re from and your story?  Do they know what your favorite food is?  How do they make you feel?  How do you react to the ones who have taken the time to get to know you versus those who haven’t?

Euphoric support. Cheering. Chanting. People openly and willingly express their positive sentiments about an effective leader.  The responses and reactions speak for themselves.

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President Barack Obama, Leader of the United States from 2008 – 2016

“Whether you voted for me or not, I’ve listened to you.  I’ve learned from you.  And I am better because of you.”

– President Barack Obama

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