It’s All About the “L” Word: Leadership

Leadership has always been the key ingredient in any recipe for government and business success. From leadership flows an organization’s vision, values, structure, concept of operations, and approach to create and maintain a robust workforce. The reality is that there is nothing that impacts an organization and the people in it more than leadership. That’s why it is of paramount importance to staff organizations with the very best leaders and especially, the head of an organization. That individual by his or her’s actions, words, and selections for subordinate leaders will establish the climate and culture of the organization for better or worse. The other leaders and the workforce will have to function and carry out their duties and assignments within that overarching environment. Once these fundamental building blocks are in place, then the senior leader will ensure that the elements of this culture are cascaded down the organization’s structure to the workers. If the senior leader possesses innate leadership talent, then this process and recipe for good leadership will position the organization for success. If he or she does not possess the “L” word, then it’s only a matter of time before the organization will experience external issues with its customers and internal problems with its leaders and workers. And regardless of the number of levels of supervision in an organization, the senior leader is ultimately responsible for any failures. If the senior leader does not accept and live by this fundamental tenet of good leadership, then without a doubt that senior leader does not possess the “L” word.
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 and a director of a human resources office. Okum has written “Leadership DNA,” a guide book about identifying, selecting, and developing natural born leaders.
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