Archive for July 22, 2016

Leadership Defined: Part 5 of 5

What is leadership? There have been many articles written on this subject over the centuries and still there will be more. A couple of weeks ago I was recognized for over 20 years of service with an organization. In the process, I started to think about just what leadership was and how that definition worked into how I approached each task whether I was in a leadership position or a member of a group or activity.

Part 5:  Is Leadership for Everyone? Three Questions to Ask Yourself

Regardless of your present role of leadership, it is a worthy ambition to obtain more leadership responsibilities. But leadership is not for everyone. In fact, the qualifications may surprise you. They have nothing to do with your net worth, your degrees, or the number of civic clubs you belong to. Leadership isn’t something to be earned. It is recognition of maturity, proven character, and the reputation you have developed both inside and outside the organization.

If you aspire to be a leader, ask yourself:

  • “How well have I managed the other responsibilities I have been entrusted with?”
  • “Have I managed well my physical body, my mind, my family, my resources, my tongue, my reputation?”
  • “Am I hospitable, teachable, mature, worthy of respect, self-controlled, honest in all my dealings, worthy of respect?”

If the answer to these questions is “YES”, then an expanded leadership role may be appropriate for you.

Each of these items could be defined in more depth, but that is not the intent of this discussion. My goal is to help potential leaders focus on what it is to be a good leader and develop those skills needed to make teams successful and accomplish their goals.

About Larry D. Hall

For over 20 years, Larry served as the Executive Director of Oregon DECA and Oregon FBLA-PBL including service as a National Board of Directors member from the Western Region for both organizations. He is recognized as an Honorary Life Member and mentor to many in both associations. He is known as a force for good, advancement, and multiplying leaders wherever he served. Long since retired, many of the initiatives, traditions, and lessons DECA and FBLA-PBL still have in practice today originated under his leadership in the 1980’s, 90’s and 2000’s. That’s great leadership! Email Larry at: lhall299@gmail.com

Leadership Defined: Part 4 of 5

What is leadership? There have been many articles written on this subject over the centuries and still there will be more. A couple of weeks ago I was recognized for over 20 years of service with an organization. In the process, I started to think about just what leadership was and how that definition worked into how I approached each task whether I was in a leadership position or a member of a group or activity.

Part 4:  The Leader’s Role as Guide and Key Coordinator

Sometimes the actual leader of the group is not the person that is the chair or head of the group. Leadership is a revolving phenomenon.

So far I have talked about the person that is the head, the Chair or President. That person needs to recognize that sometimes they are not the “leader” of the group but are always the coordinator or the guide with the task to make sure that the group is headed in the right direction and to manage where the discussion is headed.

Often, members of the group have a better background than the Chair on a specific subject and need to be involved in the decision making process.

In Part 5, Mr. Hall concludes the series “Leadership Defined,” by sharing three questions aspiring leaders need to ask themselves.

About Larry D. Hall

For over 20 years, Larry served as the Executive Director of Oregon DECA and Oregon FBLA-PBL including service as a National Board of Directors member from the Western Region for both organizations. He is recognized as an Honorary Life Member and mentor to many in both associations. He is known as a force for good, advancement, and multiplying leaders wherever he served. Long since retired, many of the initiatives, traditions, and lessons DECA and FBLA-PBL still have in practice today originated under his leadership in the 1980’s, 90’s and 2000’s. That’s great leadership! Email Larry at: lhall299@gmail.com

Leadership Defined: Part 3 of 5

What is leadership? There have been many articles written on this subject over the centuries and still there will be more. A couple of weeks ago I was recognized for over 20 years of service with an organization. In the process, I started to think about just what leadership was and how that definition worked into how I approached each task whether I was in a leadership position or a member of a group or activity.

Part 3:  Good Leaders Conduct Great Meetings

To accomplish anything in a meeting a good leader needs to develop skills in conducting meetings. I needed to carefully plan the agendas so that meetings moved at a good pace while taking enough time to make good decisions.

Some say that you need to use Parliamentary Procedure in conducting meetings and follow the rules in making and passing motions. Strict adherence to this sometimes develops into a win-lose situation. I do believe in using basic parliamentary procedure when you are ready to pass a motion but to not let the process get in the way of good decision making.

A skill that I learned was to develop consensus during a meeting by letting each member of the team provide their input to the topic, discuss the issue until the team reaches a consensus and then entertain a motion to formally adopt the action to be taken. This skill takes some time to learn and it is important to involving the whole group and letting all feel like they are a part of the decision making process.

In Part 4 of the series “Leadership Defined,” Mr. Hall shares about the Leader’s Role as Guide and Key Coordinator.

About Larry D. Hall

For over 20 years, Larry served as the Executive Director of Oregon DECA and Oregon FBLA-PBL including service as a National Board of Directors member from the Western Region for both organizations. He is recognized as an Honorary Life Member and mentor to many in both associations. He is known as a force for good, advancement, and multiplying leaders wherever he served. Long since retired, many of the initiatives, traditions, and lessons DECA and FBLA-PBL still have in practice today originated under his leadership in the 1980’s, 90’s and 2000’s. That’s great leadership! Email Larry at: lhall299@gmail.com

Leadership Defined – Part 2 of 5

What is leadership? There have been many articles written on this subject over the centuries and still there will be more. A couple of weeks ago I was recognized for over 20 years of service with an organization. In the process, I started to think about just what leadership was and how that definition worked into how I approached each task whether I was in a leadership position or a member of a group or activity.

Part 2:  22 Attributes of Good Leaders

Over the years I have been in positions of leadership for a variety of reasons. Some have been because of the title as Executive Director, Committee Chair, President of the Board and so on. With these titles comes a certain amount of authority because of the position. I also developed a level of authority from the knowledge that I had gained through years of experience. I soon learned that position and knowledge only went so far in accomplishing the goals of the group. I also needed to develop social skills in working with individuals and the group as a whole. I learned to be a listener taking into consideration the needs of the group as a whole as well as each individual.  And the most important thing that I learned was that I needed to develop the trust of the group by showing that I had the best interests of the individuals and the team in mind at all times. Once trust is lost, it is very difficult to regain. This is your “credit rating” with your team.

A good leader is a guide, a coordinator, a motivator, is patient, is optimistic, is fair and impartial, gives credit where credit is due, is sensitive, is a helper, an umpire and a moderator. A good leader shows a sense of humor to relieve the tension of a serious meeting.

A good leader provides a vision for the group. The leader must always look at the big picture and the overall needs of the group while members sometimes tend to look at their individual tasks. Good leaders’ help the group step back and take a broad look at what they are trying to accomplish. A good leader helps the team define their goals as a group and for each task. Good leaders recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each member and assign tasks accordingly. Good leaders do not micromanage the team, they help with assignments and then get out of the way and let the team accomplish their goals.

Recently I served as the President of the Board of a Home Owners Association in the community where I live. Each Board member served as a liaison to one of the committees within the association. I learned here that I needed to be supportive to each Board member and to assist them if they needed some help with their responsibilities. I also learned to be a coordinator in balancing the needs of the association and its budgets with the wants of the homeowners. I also learned to involve each Board member during the Board meetings and to give them recognition with the homeowners for the work that they were doing.

In Part 3 of the series “Leadership Defined,” Mr. Hall shares about how Good Leaders Conduct Great Meetings

About Larry D. Hall

For over 20 years, Larry served as the Executive Director of Oregon DECA and Oregon FBLA-PBL including service as a National Board of Directors member from the Western Region for both organizations. He is recognized as an Honorary Life Member and mentor to many in both associations. He is known as a force for good, advancement, and multiplying leaders wherever he served. Long since retired, many of the initiatives, traditions, and lessons DECA and FBLA-PBL still have in practice today originated under his leadership in the 1980’s, 90’s and 2000’s. That’s great leadership! Email Larry at: lhall299@gmail.com

Leadership Defined! Part 1 of 5

What is leadership? There have been many articles written on this subject over the centuries and still there will be more. A couple of weeks ago I was recognized for over 20 years of service with an organization. In the process, I started to think about just what leadership was and how that definition worked into how I approached each task whether I was in a leadership position or a member of a group or activity.

Part 1:  It Takes Team Work

During my acceptance remarks I talked about team work playing a big part of what was accomplished during my time with the organization. We had a paid staff of two to carry out the organizations activities while also working with another group of equal size. Without a good team of volunteers, we could not have accomplished the tasks that were required.

Teams are in every situation of life. They start with the home and family. This is the most important team as we develop and start on the road of life. There are teams in the classroom and the playground.  Teams are at work and in social activities. Teams in every walk of life play an important role in the success that we achieve.

An effective team does not just happen; they are a combination of the right individuals, a well-defined mission and good leadership. Each team must have the proper balance of members with interest and experience in the area and those that are new to the group. The purpose of the team is to determine through its collective wisdom the best solution to reach a common challenge.

In Part 2 of the series “Leadership Defined,” Mr. Hall shares about the 22 Attributes of Good Leaders.

About Larry D. Hall

For over 20 years, Larry served as the Executive Director of Oregon DECA and Oregon FBLA-PBL including service as a National Board of Directors member from the Western Region for both organizations. He is recognized as an Honorary Life Member and mentor to many in both associations. He is known as a force for good, advancement, and multiplying leaders wherever he served. Long since retired, many of the initiatives, traditions, and lessons DECA and FBLA-PBL still have in practice today originated under his leadership in the 1980’s, 90’s and 2000’s. That’s great leadership! Email Larry at: lhall299@gmail.com

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