12 Engaging C’s for Leaders to Stay on Top

Effective leaders recognize the strengths, weaknesses, and learning style of each team member. Upon this foundation, leaders develop practical processes to enhance strengths while overcoming weaknesses. Through influence and by example, leaders instill discipline to engage, inspire, and encourage their teams to keep focused on the integrity of the vision. They provide connection, correction, and direction through 12 C’s of Leadership.

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis Author and Professor

1. Character
The character of integrity is of utmost importance for a leader when it comes to developing trust with those they influence. Integrity is the cornerstone of success. Upon this solid rock, a great leader builds the foundation.

2. Communication
Unlike managers who inform their followers of only need-to-know-facts,effective leaders are great communicators who successfully use communication to unite each member with the mission, vision, and shared values.

3. Competence
People won’t follow a person who lacks competence. Leaders earn respect and credibility through prior accomplishments and a thorough understanding of roles, functions, goals, resources, mission, vision, and values.

4. Conviction
“People don’t follow words, they follow conviction and without conviction the words are meaningless,” author Jennifer Ott said.

5. Connection
The best leaders connect the vision (purpose) and the mission (path) with values (principles). This connection unites the right people at the right time with the right resources for the right reasons.

6. Compassion
Empathy in motion describes compassion. A compassionate leader shares the emotions of followers and desires to help and support them in overcoming any trial by obtaining shared goals.

7. Confidence
Confidence inspires confidence. People are drawn toward people who exhibit confidence. Great leaders initiate, nurture, and, perpetuate a positive and confident culture through inspiration, motivation, and engagement while avoiding conceit, arrogance, and inflated egos.

8. Consistency
Stability, dependability, and reliability are the result of consistent behavior. Consistency, when combined with honesty, transparency, and integrity, builds trust while instilling a sense of security.

9. Courageous
The strength of a leader is defined by how he or she responds with courage during times of challenges, adversities, setbacks, and controversies. Courageous leaders grow despite obstacles. They bravely accept the consequences for their actions and decisions. They aren’t afraid to make the right decision even if it isn’t popular.

10. Creativity
The vision of effective leaders flows from their creative perspective. These leaders instill and nurture creativity, innovation, and imagination in those they influence. They create opportunities.

11. Captivate
Effective leaders are magnetic. They attract diversified people to come together for a common vision. They understand how to use their magnetism to captivate, engage, and in spire followers with out abusing authority.

12. Common Sense
The ability to perceive and understand complicated issues from a perspective shared by nearly everyone while making sound practical decisions that are understood by all defines the term common sense.

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