Good leadership is the prerequisite and foundation of successful small businesses, large corporations, public institutions, military commands, governments, and nations. When good leadership exists within these entities, especially in the top executive or leader, then they will be vibrant and robust and characterized by leaders who:
• Are motivated by ensuring a positive legacy for the people they lead and not for their own personal desire for power and wealth,
• Are concerned about the greater good and development of their employees and citizens,
• Are critical of current processes and encourage innovation and initiative,
• Are focused on results, productivity, and the belief that together we can always do better, and
• Understand that to remain relevant and competitive, they must embrace change in an ever-changing world.
To accomplish these things, good leaders must have, in addition to a deep desire and commitment to be a leader, the innate leadership talent that is needed to be a good leader. This talent is the hallmark of natural born leaders and when organizations and countries are led by leaders that possess this innate leadership talent, then they will flourish individually and collectively. Good leaders can overcome rigid chains of command, oppressive organization structures, burdensome regulations and operating procedures, and employee and citizen apathy. Good leaders breakdown barriers to success and inspire their people with a sense of urgency and commitment to strive for a better tomorrow, always placing the common good over personal rank and reward. Natural born leaders are easy to recognize but difficult to define. They come from every segment of society and apply the art of leadership often ignoring the accepted or traditional path and instead, relying on an inner sixth sense or instinct to drive them forward. They have been given the gift of leadership by God and their biological parents through their DNA. To ensure continued success for our great nation and the well-being of each American, we must stop trying to make everyone into a leader and instead, finds ways to identify and develop natural born leaders. As I’ve said in my book, Leadership DNA, “No nation can become great or stay great without great leadership.”
Paul Okum has 40 years’ experience with the Federal Government in the Departments of Transportation, Interior, Army, and Defense in leadership positions, including being a US Army officer. Mr. Okum has written “Leadership DNA,” a provocative and useful guide book about identifying, selecting, and developing natural born leaders. This book describes the art of leadership including how to deal with poor managers that can cripple an organization.
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