- Passion - overmastering feeling that delivers a drive for an initiative or objective. I wrote about this earlier; different people have different ways of showing passion. I would rather have a handful of passionate volunteer members as opposed to an army of apathetic followers.
- Commitment - when you dive into the water you can't be a little bit wet. Commitment, particularly when others are counting on you, is 100%.
- Integrity - honesty, morality and core values. This truly speaks for itself.
- Understanding - having an understanding of the possible threats to the building industry is critical to leadership. How can you lead if you don't have the core purpose of the HBA in thought?
- Influential (pull, not push) - volunteers can not be pushed. They have their own lives that can sometimes push them, they don't need that treatment when donating time. In order for you to be an effective leader you have to learn, and it will take time, how to pull volunteers in your direction. Highlight the value of their involvement, the value of the initiative and create the want. Like I wrote earlier; create a want which develops the desire and you will pull out the volunteers passion.
- Willingness to admit a mistake - when you decide to go in a particular direction, and you realize you were wrong, do not continue because you don't want to "lose face" with the group. People respect others who can admit they are wrong and will be furthered respected by assessing the mistake, asking others for guidance and then move forward.
- Ability to listen - Sales 101: Listen. When you do all the talking others will close down shop. Dictatorships fail, democracies prevail.
- Decisiveness - when a decision is made, after discussion and direction, make it happen, move forward. The time for additional conversation happens when there is a need to adapt.
- Consistency - most people like to know when they work with someone that they have direction, focus and can be relied upon. This consistent approach doesn't mean being flexible. It means being reliable and a straight talker.
You may not have been born a leader but you you may very well have been born with certain traits that could develop and help you become a good leader. You have to have that "want."
Next week's blog will explain the different leadership styles.
Submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP
2011 NAHB Associate Members Committee Chairman
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more and become more, you are a leader" ~ John Adams