Leaders Must Have
have balance—intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
development is essential; leaders must be
learners. They must continue to grasp new concepts and deal with new ideas. In
today’s rapidly changing world, leaders who do not keep up will be soon become
intellectually bankrupt, unable to compete in the world of ideas and
ill-equipped to provide the vision and intellectual stimulation needed by others
in the organization. Reading, thinking, writing, speaking, and listening to
others help leaders continue to grow intellectually.
(EI)—the ability and skill of leaders to
manage their own emotions and those of the groups they lead—is a decisive
attribute of leadership. Leaders who allow their emotions to interfere with
their thought processes will make many poor decisions. On the other hand,
leaders who fail to consider the effect of their emotions and the emotions of
others in the group or organization will fail to account for the feeling factor;
that is, how feelings affect group interaction. Leaders must first know
themselves and then know others in order to lead effectively.
is important; poor dietary habits, lack of physical conditioning and failure to
get enough sleep will take a toll on leaders—especially as leaders get older and
prepare to move into more responsible leadership positions. Leaders must take
care of themselves if they wish to lead and take care of others. Take a look at
older leaders. Most of them have exercised physical discipline throughout their
lives. Most who did not exercise this discipline fell along the wayside.
Spiritual well-being is critical; without it, a leader will fail. A leader’s spiritual journey will
help him/her discover what things in life are really important. The main purpose
of the spiritual journey is to find purpose and meaning in life by having a
relationship with God. As the psalmist wrote, “Lead me to the rock that is
higher than I.” This connection with a higher rock gives assurance of a bigger
purpose and leads to a leader’s spiritual well-being.
Leaders must be
balanced—intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually if they hope to