I often use a quote from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “To become a meaningful participant, you must get a seat at the table.” It makes sense that we must take some level of risk, and do something to contribute to the success of our organization. In other words, standing on the sidelines will accomplish nothing. We must participate.
Here recently, I heard Matthews discuss the leadership qualities that he finds important. While his discussion focused on the current political candidates, the attributes are equally applicable to those of us in the business community.
Quality #1: Motive
Matthews was adamant that a great leader “must stand for something.” What are you trying to accomplish? Where do you see a gap that you wish to bridge? How do you plan to make a difference? Until you can express to others why they should believe in you, nothing happens.
A leader is not a manager….