The ABC of Leadership

ABC of leadership
Christina Lattimer
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A is for: 

Ability – to see that which is not yet apparent to the human eyes. Leading from the heart knowing that it is all up to you – Maria Martinez
Abundance – when you realize the abundance of all existence, your reach goes far beyond the ordinary. It’s in that space that brilliance happens – Kristi Johnson
Accessible – Don’t just say “my door is always open”. In fact don’t even say it because people hear something very different –  John Ainsley 
Accountable – Not only are the people being lead accountable to the leader; the leader is also accountable to those he or she leads. It’s a mutual accountability that is very important to achieve a viable, engaged team – Karen Rhodes
Achievement focused – A good leader leads his team to achieve and get results – Claudia Crawley
Achievement – A leader achieves best by helping others to achieve – Paul Hemphill
Achiever –   one goes above and all to succeed know that the Living God has put something unique in you – Michelle Joe
Action – Aspiration, Ability will not take us anywhere, until we initiate, maintain and increase the pace (gradually?) in the journey towards the goal – Seshagiri Rao K
Actions – Good leaders recognise that people believe what they do, not what they say – David Hain
Activating – A leader doesn’t just give speeches to make you feel good about yourself. The activating leader compels people to action, causes movement, inspires activity – Matt S. Law
Acute listening – A leader understands the power of listening to their followers & peers and the importance of silence –  Liz McGrory
Adventurous – A true leader needs to look beyond the easy and comfortable into the exciting and risky if he is going to inspire greatness – Rev Daniel Partiss
Alignment – What makes a leader great is alignment with the aspirations of those being led. If you think someone is going to get you where you want to go, you will happily follow. If it feels intuitively wrong, you will resist. A good leader taps into people’s aspirations, visions and goals –  Peter Johnston
Allow – others to shine – Carleton W Moten
Alphabet    – A leader is an architect of the vision, he is the first person everyone looks at direction to accomplish their goal – Farhan Liaquat
Altrupreneur – One who leads an enterprise with conspicuous regard for all stakeholders – Bernie Nagle
Ambition – An enterprise’s ultimate objective that provides the meaning and sense of direction to inspire people to contribute maximum discretionary effort – Huw Morris
Analyze  – whether your most essential assets are anything other than your employees. If not, change your thinking – David Mills
Anticipate – the Leader is connected and engaged, therefore having access to ideas, suggestions, initiatives, and solutions from throughout the organization to “future proof” the business against threats both seen and unseen –  Frank Nance
Anyone – Leaders are not the top person in the company, your boss or your Six Sigma or Lean expert. You can lead from the bottom, just as easily as from the top. It is about personal skills, not company hierarchy – Peter Johnston
Apathy – A leader shows the perils of doing nothing. Creating Kotter’s Burning Platform. They create an impetus and urgency to making change happen. They cut through the “Business as Usual” apathy to make change an imperative – Peter Johnston
Appreciative – Leaders are appreciative of the success of their team and for individuals to pursue beyond their boundaries of capacity – Joris Claeys
Approachable- a leader is someone who others feel confident and comfortable to talk to – Helen Arnold-Richardson
Arc – The leader takes others on a journey. Within this group arc, each person will have their own trajectory of achievement and growth. The arc we follow, the choices we make, are as important as the destination – David Jones
Articulating the vision – The good leader must be able to clearly articulate to their teams what their vision and goals are – Les Potton
Artistic Advancement – for without there is no Aspiring Leadership – Robin Ariel
Ask – In spite of pride or fear, Ask for help or advice from trustworthy wise counsel. It is better to have the good sense to ask for help then to cost the company dollars in rework. – Sheridan Myrick-Green
Authentic – followers recognize when a leader is not genuinely committed to the values that he purports to hold highly – Dan Armishaw
Authenticity – The power of a leader is in their connection to their true self and being that they truly are. From there the leader flows, inspires and attracts others into their dreams and visions – Fabiola Benavente
Autonomy – A good leader trusts their people to deliver their results – Sonia Limm
Awareness – We become part of a working entity with a shared purpose – Sheridan Myrick-Green
Awe Inspiring – A leader creates inspiration by willing to break ground and tackle problems most run away from – Swan Workman 


B is for: 


Balance  – Without mind, body, center in equilibrium you will never reach your fullest potential – Jon Kaden
Behaviour – Leadership is inherently behavioural in nature. Effective leaders master the behaviours and practices required to achieve their organization’s strategic goals – David Monro-Jones
Being – although Leaders have to Do things it all starts with their sense of “Being” – Charlie Efford
Being Present – In the moment with your staff, because it’s all to easy to worry about “important” things and miss out on things that are important to others – Elizabeth Kraus
Believe – Leadership is about believing in your and your team’s strengths. Achieving success starts with having confidence – Joris Claeys
Believing – A leader must believe in his ability to lead! A leader must believe in his people! A leader must believe in what it is they are aspiring to achieve! It is like a 3 legged stool. Remove any of the legs representing Believing and the stool loses support and fails! The same holds true for long term Leadership Success – Bill Long
Bold – continuing to challenge your own and other’s thinking. Inspiring others to get out of their comfort zone. Knowing the answer to today’s complex problems requires doing things vastly different than before – Susan Stitt
Bolstering – A leader doesn’t live off the praise of others; the leader gives off the praise to others. The bolstering leader supports, strengthens and upholds their followers – Matt S. Law
Brand Leader – Leaders of course have their own preferred style but need to develop an understanding and the skills to lead in the way that allows the brand to be integrated into the culture – Audrey Macnaughton
Brave – A leader must be brave to face opposition to his ideas and innovations Sammy Mwatha
Butterfly Effect –  as even the most insignificant of thoughts and/or action can create an amazing change across time and space – David Bernard-Stevens


C is for: 

Calm – able to make time to reflect and think even when the pressure is on and others are panicking –  Michael Brown
Caring – A truly great leader cares about his or her followers and shows it everyday – Dayna M. Mathews
Champion – A Leader is a Champion with a cause that people can identify with and they will aspire to join with the leader in achieving that goal – Dan Gabree
Character – as without good character one cannot be a leader –  David Bernard-Stevens
Clarity – Leaders give people clear goals and targets. Everybody knows what they have to achieve and how this fits into the wider company purpose – Sonia Limm
Clear – able to articulate a clear direction and give clear briefs to people to avoid confusion and conflict – Michael Brown
Coaching – Effective leaders use a coaching style to help their staff grow and develop. Command and control leadership is obsolete – J. Matthew Becker
Collaboration – Collaboration requires inspiring individuals to work together to a common purpose to achieve a common benefit – Sheridan Myrick-Green
Communication – A leader needs to be able to communicate in a way that gains the respect, trust, and confidence of her followers – Steven Lock
Compassion – which is necessary for each leader so they can understand the relationships they have with staff and clients – Ron McIntyre
Compendium – A compendium of these ABCs is a must both for the Leader and the followers that he would like see as Leaders some day. A compendium of his/her own experiences in the leadership (biography, as a leader?), though historical, would still be a guiding post for the followers, to become one among the leaders – Seshagiri Rao K
Competence – Members of a team need to know that their leader knows her job. – Martin Birt
Concise – Communication to be completely understood – Chris Sier
Connecting – Leaders need to establish a rapport with their key people. Remember, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care – Matt S. Law
Conscience – True leaders of people have an aim of good intention and of knowing that whilst not everything is perfect they remain true, act with integrity and work for the good – Debbie Roberts
Conservation –  to save and controll, all organization activities, to manage, assists ,materials,ingredient, and before and above that, the staff, improvement – Ibrahim Omar
Consistency. An effective leader, like a good parent, stays true to her values and clearly communicates with her team – Melanie Smithson
Consistent – Do what you say, and say what you’ll do. Consistency builds credibility and shows character. – Chuck Leddy
Consultative leadership – all stakeholders are consulted and the best agreed action is taken – Silver Ajalaye
Courage of Your Convictions – Effective leaders think and act in a highly principled manner, living by the courage of their convictions – Peter McNally
Courage – leadership requires you to raise the unspoken or uncomfortable conversation so that you can move forward; it requires holding tension with teams and organizations so that they are both uncomfortable staying with status quo and inspired to move forward; it requires you to lead with a compelling vision for the future. All these acts and more require courage.  Susan Stitt
Courageous – Be the one to lead courageous conversations. Be courageous, explore new ideas. Be courageous, seek feedback, and learn from what you seek – Michaela Richards
Creative Leadership – More than anything else, Creative Leadership is the ability to turn “followers” into “leaders” in areas of their unique, or their special competence, endowment, or responsibility. Central to Creative Leadership is the ability to inspire institutional or organizational “culture” in which everyone, regardless of rank, can contribute leadership and, thus, feel himself/herself important, honoured, and valued. – Efiong Etuk
Criteria – A transformational leader has an open criteria to adapt in order to achieve results – Sandra Mora
Culture – Leaders ignore at their peril and leave it to chance at a cost – Richie Maddock
Curious – A leader must have curiosity that will lead to life-long learning but more important will lead to finding interst in different fields that can lead to innovation. Look to the story of how Netflix was created for a great example of this – Consuela Munoz

D is for: __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Delivery – A leader will not back down from a problem. She’ll find a way to deliver a commitment, even if it’s painful – Swan Workman
Destination – Without a clear, focused end-point or destination, we would be wandering aimlessly – David R Frick
Determination – Inspiring and appreciating confidence defines the positive mode by the whole team, having trust in the leadership shown. Therefore a leader requires to be determined of his ideas, proposals and guidance – Joris Claeys
Developing – A leader that is no longer learning is stagnating. A developing leader is working daily on personal growth. Matt S. Law
Dialogue – Dialogue goes a step deeper than just communication. It is engaging in authentic, vulnerability-based, non-judgmental exchange between leader and followers – Steven Lock
Difference – for there is a vast difference between having a position of authority and that of being a leader – David Bernard-Stevens
Do it afraid – Do not let fear keep you from pursuing anything positive  – Sheridan Myrick-Green
Driving Performance – Every Leader must perform – Tony Curl
Duty – Great leaders do not put self-interest first. First and foremost they care about their organisation, their clients or customers, and most importantly of all, their people – Paul Hemphill


E is for: 

Eco-systemic Leadership – Holistic understanding of The Environment (as an Ecosystem of Ecosystems), Business Ecosystems & Personal Egosystems (of those involved) – especially leader’s own –  Jorma Lehtinen
Elevate – It’s important for the successful leader to raise the members of his team. Build them up relentlessly. Only through the success of others will he find his own – Swan Workman
Emotional Intelligence – It is the most important factor in determining high performance in all jobs in all fields – Peter McNally
Empathy – Philosophers have known this for centuries – “No one can live happily who has regard for himself alone and transforms everything into a question of his own self”. In practically every religious tradition and practice, giving of oneself is a key step on the path to spiritual fulfilment. Or, as Einstein put it, “only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – David Pilsworth
Empowering – Great leaders provide resources and remove obstacles for others, Enabling them to be Effective – Chuck Leddy
Empowerment Leadership – to be an effective leader you must empower your peers to see and feel the truth you are telling them – Rachael DiBlasi
Encourage – Empower, and Embrace the input of your staff – David Mills
Energetic – A transformational leader must be capable of injecting energy into the team – Sandra Mora
Energy – Great leaders look after their energy levels by taking care of their bodies, through exercise, good diet and plenty of rest and relaxation – Paul Hemphill
Engaged – A leader must be engaged with their work, vision, and strategy. If they are not, then surely those who work from them will not be either – Consuela Munoz
Engagement – We proactively engage rather than wait and see – Sheridan Myrick-Green
Enthusiasm – A great leader has the drive and energy to maintain a certain level of enthusiasm that can become contagious no matter the setting or circumstances without allowing dilemmas, failures or setbacks to hinder or prevent moving forward, growing, learning and making progress; ultimately accomplishing goals in a professional fashion – King Blue
Example – The best leaders create positive change by leading by example. They are fully aware of the example they set for others and seek to maintain a positive one – Dayna M. Mathews
Excellence – In the context of never being satisfied, being humble with recognition and understanding and advocating, not just knowing, there is always room for improvement – King Blue


F is for:

Facilitator – Sometimes we need to push, sometimes we need to direct, and sometimes we just need to give people the platform to find their own solutions – David Jones
Failure –  Expect it to happen with the freedom to take risks. Learning from any failures will only lead to richer successes – John Bennett
Fearless – By definition, leaders are the first to stick their necks out, to dare to dream, to set a compelling vision. If leaders are fearless in their charge, employees will have the courage to get on board and try new things. Innovation follows –  Anna Denton
First Class – When you’re the best, only the best will do – Paul Hemphill
Flexible – Leadership requires flexibility to ever changing circumstances – Sandra Mora
Flow – being able to facilitate this state personally and in a work place as an EI competency. Understanding the balance between challenge and ability. – Shiké Vanderwerff
Focus – A leader needs to have relentless focus toward the teams objectives – Swan Workman
Followers – Great leaders have willing followers. It is answering the question of ‘why should anyone be led by you? – David Monro-Jones
Forward looking – A person living in the past can never be a visionary a necessary requirement for being a leader – Tasneem Hameed
Fun! – Enjoyment and pleasure are wonderful ‘tools’, if not incentives, in guiding change – Bonnie Williams
Futurist – The leader can’t be content to know where the organization is currently. The futurist leader always keeps an eye on where it is going to be in 1, 5, or 20 years – Matt S. Law


G is for: 

Generous – generosity in time dedicated to mentor and guide, to listen and help, to develop and grow each team member – Sandra Mora
Gifted – Leader is a gifted person having inherent leadership qualities or having the ability to acquire them through a deliberate process – Tasneem Hameed
Giving – A good leader needs to be giving and showing the benefits of it. Giving time to her team, giving to customers – Swan Workman
GOALS! – Our high-level Goals (in life and business) make us consider *Why* we are doing something (preferably before we decide *How* to do it and *What* to do) – Richard Parslow
Gracious – be warm, inviting to questions or concerns, welcoming to all, and appreciate your fellow team members – Lisa F Kosak
Gratitude – This is something that must be part of every leaders quiver. The key is that it must be authentic – Ron McIntyre
Grooming – Leadership also means grooming the future leaders. They can’t stop at being leaders by themselves. For the betterment of the society, they must groom the future leaders – Kalyani Basu
Growth – Personal growth leading to leadership growth and resulting in organisation growth – Paul Hemphill
Guidance – A leader must provide clear direction through guidance in order to eliminate confusion – Amanda Koch
Guts – required when you come under pressure and resilience in defeat to dust oneself down and start again – James Farrell


H is for: 

Help – knowing when to ask for it and be willing to give it – Sandra Mora
Holistic – a leader can see how all the small parts fit into the whole picture – Helen Arnold-Richardson
Honest – Leaders must be honest. They must make honest assessments, give honest feedback and view themselves with honesty – Damien Sloane
Hope – in a chaotic world, a good leader provides the hope for order and enlightenment through vision and action – Swan Workman
Human – Sometimes things go wrong but the only failure in leadership is to repeat the same process and hope for a different outcome – Paul Hemphill
Humility – the best leaders are those who can out their hand up and say ‘I don’t know’ or ‘can you help me?’ The best leaders realise that their people are the experts and that the role of the leader is to develop their people! Maybe add ‘D’ for development – Stephanie Allen
Humour – An inspirational leader has the ability to see the humorous side of every situation – Sandra Mora
Humbleness – a leader must be Humble and acknowledge that every single person in his team is as valuable as he/she is and has important things to show him/her – Sandra Mora
Hungry – A great leader is hungry for success; as much for their team and organisation as for themselves – Paul Hemphill


I is for: 

Imaginative leadership – Innovative leadership, seeks new ways to deliver – Silver Ajalaye
Independent – A Leader does not do things just because it’s the tradition or the way leadership is taught. Great leaders think for themselves – Paul Hemphill
Influential – A leader is the one who influences other people to change their life and to make the world a better place to live – Reginald Canon
Initiating – A leader cannot plan forever. He must be willing to initiate, to take the first step, to launch –  Matt S. Law
Innovation – Always look to empower people to be better than they were yesterday – Sonia Limm
Inspiration – it is necessary for success – Ibrahim Omar
Instinctive – A natural way of acting, not being what you are not, but being who and what you are – Jack Bouchard,
Integrity – don’t get caught out, ever – Chris Thomas
Intuitive – A good solid sense of self trust in their own inner wisdom will steer them through many scary and difficult decisions. It is never easy to make the right decision all of the time, but a leader with well-honed intuition will confidently calculate the best fit decision – Christina Lattimer
Irreverent – A leader needs to be willing to challenge the status quo, to break molds and go against the grain in order to succeed – Swan Workman


J is for:

Jigsaw – Getting part of the puzzle right is not enough. Leaders know it’s only when all the pieces are assembled correctly that the result will be picture perfect – Paul Hemphill
Joined up – The dots will be connected and the team led with the right level of integration and structure – Christina Lattimer
Jubilant – A leader needs to express joy and satisfaction with people, with the team, with positive circumstances – Matt S. Law
Just – Being fair and equitable to all employees, clients, colleagues etc – Jack Bouchard


K is for:

Keen – A leader needs to have a sharp sense of what is going on in his business and with his team. This sense and pulse check allows for her to be able to respond quickly in a competitive environment – Swan Workman
Kind-Hearted – A leader’s most important asset is people. The kind-hearted leader demonstrates sympathy and compassion for people – Matt S. Law
Kindness – the best leaders demonstrate kindness to themselves and to others – Lynn Flickinger
Kinetic – Move about a bit and you will see things from a different perspective. Staying in the same place means you are likely to see the same things. Over. And over – Dawn Rees
Knowledgeable – A good leader needs to be perceptive and well informed, and know where they can get the information they need – Christina Lattimer


L is for:

Laughter – The ability to laugh at oneself and life is what enables a leader to be flexible and gentle with herself and others – Melanie Smithson
Learn – This should be a daily process that does not end – Ron McIntyre
Limitless – Leaders push the boundaries of that box that everyone keeps talking about. No lids, no restraints, no borders, no limits – Matt S. Law
Listening – Remember “you cannot listen with your mouth open” – Dipen Rajyaguru
Loud – A leader needs to be the teams 1 salesman. Always selling the vision, the product, the message, to the team, investors, customers –  Swan Workman


M is for:

Mediation – We negotiate and we collaborate together and find a middle point – Sheridan Myrick-Green
Mentor – To ensure that a pool of future leaders are available – Neil Buys
Mindfulness – a wise leader practices mindfulness to remain calm in turbulent times and aware of what is really happening, not just giving knee jerk reactions to various stimuli, but responding with insight and awareness – David Klaasen
Mindset – for they are ours to create and it is thru them how we will see the world around us – David Bernard-Stevens
More – A leader is never satisfied with status quo, always pushing for more – Swan Workman
Motivation – We drive to gain consensus in problem solving or development – Sheridan Myrick-Green


N is for:

Next – You are always looking for whats next, whats waiting around the bend, whats in front of you, and what you can achieve and apply to the next opportunity – Cody Monday
No Nonsense – Clarity and grit allow the leader to focus on what’s important – Swan Workman
Nurturing success – Coaching the team to maximize their potential and thereby empowering them to be successful – Catherine Saar


O is for:

Openness – A good leader is always open to receiving feedback, whether is positive or negative. And must be always open to hearing new ideas – Sandra Mora
Open Minded – A leader who listens to other people and is willing to explore new things for the greater good – Sonia Limm
Opportunity – Never let one pass without considering what you can contribute and what you might gain – Dawn Rees
Optimistic – The best way to achieve the results you want is to believe that you can do it. Optimistic leaders inspire their people to accomplish more than the individuals would have dreamed possible – Chantal Fraser


P is for:

Participation – We participate in collaboration expect others to participate – Sheridan Myrick-Green
Passionate – Leaders create change and change is resisted because of laziness and fear. The passionate leader helps to overcome complacency in others (and themselves) – Matt S. Law
Perception – We perceive to be true what we believe. Leaders manage perceptions to promote the truth – Sonia Limm
Persistence – For without persistence, nothing is accomplished – James Bohn
Positive – An inspirational and transformative leader has a positive approach and is capable of seeing the good side and the learning in every situation – Sandra Mora
Purpose – First we – both as individuals as well as a company – need to define the purpose, meaning, the “Why” – in non-financial terms; then the “What” (goals) and the “How” (implementation) will be much easier – and much more satisfying, both non-monetary as well as in monetary terms – Dieter Langenecker


Q is for:

Qualify – A leader qualifies her team by building them up and helping them find growth – Swan Workman
Questioning – Leaders do not accept the status quo, leaders are always asking how to improve themselves, their group, and their organization – Matt S. Law
Questioning status quo – constantly. People behavior, —whether shoppers, subordinates, vendors— is changing at a faster rate than before and unless you step up in interpersonal skills, technology, even wardrobe, and you’ll be seen leading with obsolete tools – Sohaib AlviQuiet 
Quiet – An effective leader removes all distractions, both physical and emotional, in order to listen to others and them-self. Doing so enables clarity, inspiration, and motivation – Alan D. Utley


R is for:

Realistic – It’s fine for a leader to have a bold vision and ambitious goals. But if his plans are so grandiose that they are impossible to attain he sets up his organization for failure – Matt S. Law
Reality – For we truly can create any reality we wish.  The key is to create the ones most serving – David Bernard-Stevens
Reciprocity – We share and expect sharing in return through reciprocity – Sheridan Myrick-Green
Reflection – We think and consider alternatives – Sheridan Myrick-Green
Resilient – A leader must have the ability to bounce back from failure and adversity and help his/her team to do the same, gather the learnings and move forward -Sandra Mora
Respect – Respect others, not just those who are senior to you. Respecting those you lead will help you gain their respect. They will also work harder and smarter for someone they respect – Chantal Fraser
“Restorative” or “relational” leadership – placing relationships at the heart of problem-solving, keeping emotional connections healthy – Margaret Thorsborne


S is for:

Self – for no one can lead anyone until first learning to lead themselves David Bernard-Stevens
Self-synchronization – We as individuals decide when things need to happen – Sheridan Myrick-Green
Sense of Humour – Don’t take yourself too seriously, and laugh at the little things, even when things are going wrong. Appreciate the sense of humour of your team members, especially when they are poking good natured fun at you. A sense of humour shows that you are human – Chantal Fraser
Servant-hearted – A leader that puts the needs of other people before themselves; that builds people up and not pulls them down. That releases them into leadership, and refuses to use their platform to build an empire – Jeremy Dillon
Sincerity – a leader must mean what he/she says and speak always the truth in order to build trust in his team – Sandra Mora
Situational Delegation – Every time you delegate take into account situation the skill and the level of knowledge of the person you’re delegating to for that task. It’s no good assuming that someone who was great at doing one thing will be able to do something else to the same standard – Fiona Cohn
Smile – Lead with a smile on your face and passion in your heart – Sonia Limm
Stamina – Most others will run out of steam when the tough times hit. The leader has ways to find inner strength and keep on pushing – Swan Workman
Strategic – Leaders have goals for their organization, but it doesn’t stop there. Strategic leaders craft plans, anticipate possible problems, develop contingencies, and think long-term and large-scale – Matt S. Law
Strength Aware – A leader must be aware of their strengths and use them. They also must know the strengths of the team members so that each teammate can use their strengths to take their work from good work to great work. A leader does not need to be well-rounded but should make sure the team is well-rounded – Consuela Munoz


T is for:

Tactical – With so many problems around in business and the world, the leader can focus in on her highest priority and maintain that focus until the job is done – Swan Workman
Thinking – The most effective leaders designate quality time to thinking about the right direction, the most appropriate (real) goals, and the most promising courses of action for long-term, meaningful outcomes – Liz Alexander
Thoughts – as they truly are infinite in their potential and have the power to attract and create the reality we experience – David Bernard-Stevens
Trust – Trust your intuition, trust those you lead, and build trust with everyone you interact with. Say what you’re going to do, do it, and build more trust. People following a leader they trust will accomplish great things, often beyond the leaders expectations. Trust between organizations leads to win-win collaborations/business deals – Chantal Fraser 


U is for:

Ubiquitous – A leader needs to build his team to allow him to be everywhere and know what is happening in the company, even when he can’t physically be – Swan Workman
Unique – Be your authentic self, you are unique as is everyone on your team. Appreciate each person for the unique talents they add to the team, and where possible have them play to their strengths – Chantal Fraser
Uplifting – Great goals require a great team. The uplifting leader invests time into elevating his followers’ skills, confidence, and value – Matt S. Law


V is for:

Valour – When challenges are thrown in their direction they look to find a way to overcome them and bring a sense of calmness to the situation – Sonia Limm
Value– added leadership. keep adding values to established standard – Silver Ajalaye
Values – for within everyone are a set of core values that are the true guides for the decisions we will need to make David Bernard-Stevens
Vicious – There are times when a leader needs to be tough, especially when it comes to the competition. A week leader will crumble against adversity, a vicious leader will find success – Swan Workman
Vigilant – Leaders expect the best but are prepared for the worst. The vigilant leader is keenly watching to detect potential pitfalls or problems – Matt S. Law
Vision – A leader must know what the overall objective is and communicate that with their team. The team sorts out the details and make it happen, but first the leader needs to tell them what they are trying to accomplish – Chantal Fraser
Visionary – Dare to dream and allow the rest to share in your dream – Neil Buys
Visual – making your vision and plans clear, visible and sharable, being able to convey messages creatively and simply – Debbie Roberts
Voice – Be the voice for those who are not represented. As a leader it is your role to consider how your decisions affects everyone. It is also your role to name the unpleasant truths that plague your organization, and then do something about them – Chantal Fraser
Vulnerability – Leaders need to recognize their own vulnerability and be wise enough to have robust support systems in place. They also need to exercise care with regard to how, when and with whom to share that vulnerability – David Klaasen


W is for:

Wholeheartedness – the key factor of success, an indication which monitoring, decisions making hor , right action, and the right time, on the right direction – Ibrahem Omar
Winning – with a winning mind you’ll be fit to lead others. – Neville Gaunt
Wise – A leader derives wisdom from her ability to adapt, learn from mistakes, and keep moving – Swan Workman


X is for:

X Marks the Spot – The leader has the map, and knows how to navigate and manage his crew to find their ‘treasure’ – Swan Workman
X as in anonymous Sometimes the leader needs to be in the background not the limelight. A truly successful leader can become an “X” and his organization will continue to grow even if he is anonymous or absent – Matt S. Law
X-ray vision – All leaders need to see through obstacles their subordinates cant – Sohaib Alvi
X-Ray – A true Leader is symbolic of one. Transparent and open, accountable for their actions. They are credible in what they do – Sonia Limm


Y is for:

Yes – An effective leader encourages participation, creativity and improvement with the active and continuous use of the word “yes” followed by “and.” – Alan D. Utley
You – They understand that in any organisation people are their biggest asset and devote their time and energy in the support and development of them – Sonia Limm 
Youthfulness – The traits of youthfulness (adaptability, hunger for knowledge, relentless energy) are continuously sought after in an effective leader – Swan Workman


Z is for:

Zealot – A leader is the biggest fan of her team, of her company. She is always spreading the message of how awesome they are – Swan Workman
Zealous – They are passionate and purposeful, dedicated to the higher cause – Sonia Limm
Zeitgeist – A fine leader demonstrates a firm grasp of, and an understanding of how his team and he should tune their actions in response to – the zeitgeist. If a leader ain’t switched on to the world around him, he sure as heck can’t know if his teams are making the best decisions to suit the environment, and thus will be constantly having to cross-check decisions. ‘The Zeitgeist (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in time.’ – Jonathan Henley
Zen – They seek out insights that look at the higher purpose – Sonia Limm
Zenith – A great leader never stops growing and learning. The leader is always reaching for that unreachable culminating point – Alan D. Utley


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With Big Thanks to the Contributors for their entries on the ABC of leadership.  You can view their profiles below:


Alan D. Utley David Jones Janice Taylor Michelle Joe Steven Lock
Amanda Koch David Klaasen Jeremy Dillon N. Darlene Womack Susan Stitt
Anna Denton David Mills John Ainsley Neil Buys Swan Workman
Audrey Macnaughton David Pilsworth John Bennett Neville Gaunt Tasneem Hameed
Bernie Nagle David R Frick Jon Kaden Paul Hemphill
Bill Long Dawn Rees Jonathan Henley Peter Johnston
Bonnie Williams Dayna M. Mathews Joris Claeys Peter McNally
Carleton W Moten Debbie Roberts Jorma Lehtinen Rachael DiBlasi
Catherine Saar Dipen Rajyaguru Kalyani Basu Reginald Canon
Chantal Fraser Dieter Langenecker Karen Rhodes Rev Daniel Partiss
Charlie Efford Efiong Etuk Kate Rigby Richard Parslow
Chris Thomas Elizabeth Kraus King Blue Richie Maddock
Chris Sier Fabiola Benavente Kristi Johnson Robin Ariel
Christina Lattimer Farhan Liaquat Les Potton Ron McIntyre
Chuck Leddy Fiona Cohn Lisa F Kosak Sammy Mwatha
Claudia Crawley Frank Nance Liz McGrory Sandra Mora
Cody Monday Helen Arnold-Richardson Lynn Flickinger Seshagiri Rao K
Consuela Munoz Huw Morris Margaret Thorsborne Sheridan Myrick-Green
Damien Sloane Ibrahim Omar Maria Martinez Shiike Vanderwerff
Dan Armishaw J. Matthew Becker Martin Birt Silver Ajalaye
Dan Gabree James Bohn Matt S. Law Sohaib Alvi
David Bernard-Stevens Jack Bouchard Melanie Smithson Sonia Limm
David Hain James Farrell Michael Brown Stephanie Allen