How to find a good LEADER: There are all kinds of leadership characteristics that we should look for in the pursuit of good leadership. They consist of the ‘standard fare’ of characteristics: Hard worker, honest, trustworthy, well educated, family man, proven leadership skills, motivator, position qualified, etc.….on and on.
But, when the SEARCH is on… how many corporations look for these characteristics… in addition to the ‘normal and accepted’ criteria?
- Howe does the candidate treat his wife… or better yet… his Mother-in-Law?
- How does he/she treat the personnel?
- How does he treat the high rung of employees, vs the lower rung?
- How does he treat his children?
- How does he treat the customers?
- Does he project any sign of humility?
- Does he attend a church or synagogue, on a regular basis?
- Does he have a ‘sordid’ background?
- Is he known to be flirtatious?
- Does he spend his money wisely? (Which is an indicator of how he’ll spend company money).
- Does he disobey traffic laws on a routine basis?
- Does he dress appropriately? Clean shirts every day? An appropriate wardrobe?
- Do his ‘socks match’ (not only each other, but the rest of his wardrobe0?
- Is his hygiene up to expectations?
- Does he appear to have too much ‘unaccountable time?’
- Does he appear to live above his means?
- What kind of people does he appear to spend his free time with?
- Where does he go on vacation? (I know of a high-ranking executive who went out of the country to visit “little boys.”).
- Does he appear to be ‘family oriented?’
- Does he have good ‘dental’ appearance?
- Does he look you ‘in the eye’ when talking with you?
- Does he seem to be ‘well focused’ on the conversation?
- Are his hands and nails clean at all times?
- Does he come in on Monday ‘smelling’ of the DRINK? (On a consistent basis?)
- Does he have “any peculiar” habits?
- Does he have ‘alcoholic drinks’ with his lunch? How often? NEVER is BETTER!
- Does he have a history of “firing’ people?
- Does he have a history of “trying to SAVE” marginal employees?
- Does he encourage employees to ‘further their education?’ And is he willing to provide company educational assistance?
- Does he try to do ‘everything’ himself, or does he delegate?
- Does he use ‘foul language?’ This is a NO-NO!
- Does he show a ‘genuine’ respect for ladies? (No off-color jokes).
- Does he lean toward ‘miss-representing’ the TRUTH? Another BIG no-no.
- Does he FORCE his opinion on others?
- Is he OPEN for discussion on his instructions to others?
- Does he have an ‘open door’ policy? Meaning, can ‘anyone’ go talk directly to the Boss?
- Did corporate do a ‘background’ check on him?
- How many times has he been married? (This would be indicative of his commitment level).
- Have you ever detected him ‘cheating’ at golf? Another BIG no-no.
- Does he take to ‘polite criticism’ done on a personal (one on one) level?
- Is he open to ‘other ways’ to accomplish the same thing, or is he FIRM in doing it… ‘his way?’
- Does he adhere to and abide by Corporate Policy, or is he always trying to ‘skirt around’ the policy?
- Does he have any unusual habits or addiction tendencies? I.e. gambling?
- If your leader is single…how does he keep his living quarters? Garage?
- Can you identify ‘motivational’ skills in his ‘tool kit?’
- Does your candidate have a ‘servant’ mindset? Is he the ‘charitable’ type?
- And lastly…Do you see ‘any evidence’ of God in him? And, do you detect his looking for evidence of God in others?
Ok… I understand… some of this might seem a bit ‘foreign’ to you, or your company. I understand that… as probable. That said… I contend that when we, as leaders… might seriously consider these characteristics as ‘very important.’ Think about this: If your candidate responded to these ‘criteria’ such as you wish… how much more… are the odds of his being a ‘great leader’ improved? Would these characteristics not be something that you would wish to identify… say, in a potential ‘son-in-law?’ Or business partner? Or, for that matter… a future spouse? Are these not ‘important characteristics’ of an honorable person?
These are ‘not impossible’ conditions to be met. For me… I’ve been employing this “sifting process” for many years… and, have found that it has produced a substantial number of good leaders. Why not try it? Let me refer you to ‘just a few’ bible verses that give some credence to my ‘leadership sifting process.’
1 Timothy 3:2-3 – “Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.”
Mark 10:43-45 – “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
1st Timothy 4:12 which says, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
Look for Christ, both… in your followers… and your leaders. Who is better off by knowing you and following you? We all have “special blessings,” and a good leader will LOOK for those qualities in his/her followers, and magnify them.
Note: Sorry for the length of this posting… but, I NEVER said that I was at a loss for words.