Self Control : An Effective Leader

3203 WordsDec 15, 201413 Pages
“Paul Kagame was a measured person, he did not react quickly. He wasn’t quick to get involved or embroiled. He would stand aside and assess the situation. He was always intent on listening. But he was also a fighter” (Kinzer, Stephen, A Thousand Hills, page 14). 1. Self-control: But the fruit of the Spirit is love… and self-control” (The Holy Bible, King James Version, Galatians 5: 23). Self-control is one of the nine fruits of the spirit that every leader should have in order to be an effective leader. Leaders who have not cultivated this character trait have done so to their own demise. Self-control is the ability to control one 's emotions, behavior, and desires in the face of external demands in order to function in…show more content…
Good listeners are always aware of the feedback they are receiving from the people around them. Listening is the manager’s most important leadership skill because it’s really the doorway through which all the things that the manager wants from employees, how they operate, how they perform (Simonton, Ben, Leadership Science, Your Most Important Leadership Skill –Listening). 3. Strategic thinker “They knew him as a clear strategic thinker, a brave fighter, and a strict disciplinarian who demanded obedience and tolerated no excuses” (Kinzer, p. 78). Strategic thinking is grounded in a strong understanding of the complex relationship between the organization and its environment. It requires taking a broad view, involving the right people, with important information and perspectives, asking probing questions and facilitating conversations. Strategic thinkers then identify connections, patterns and key issues (Forbes, The Three Strengths Of a True Strategic Leader, 2010/10/27). 4. Courage Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them (Joshua 1:60). An effective leader must have the courage to see difficult situations through to the end and accept responsibility for the outcomes of decisions. Leadership must start from within – from within the leader’s heart – where real courage resides. Courage is a necessary trait of effective leadership. Courage
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