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Ideal Leadership vs Reality
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Over my career I've taken seminars and read books about Leadership learning about the different traits that make for great leaders. I think many of you are familiar with these. However, in the real world, I find most leaders are quite unlike what I'm taught and what I read about. I don't mean they have some flaws or need to grow but they embody very few of the traits that are preached.

What's your experience with your Leaders?
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It partially depends upon what you mean by a "leader". If you mean someone higher in the hierarchy, many such people do not go through formal "leader" training, nor even formal "manager" training. Most of these people "lead" based on their nature than their nurture.

Most shoot from the hip. so to speak.

My experience is probably the same as yours. Most leaders that I've experienced directly embody only a few of the standard or classic leadership traits. But no surprise, they're only human doing the best they can.

Keep in mind as well that good/strong/effective leadership doesn't guarantee success. At best it's a set of good principals that seem to deliver more success than less. And real-world, timely application of any set of good practices is an art more than a science.
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Gavin -

Remember that leadership growth is a lifelong journey and some so-called leaders fall off the road early and have no one (or listen to no one) to coach them back.

I've worked with some great leaders and endured some horrible ones. Everyone is human - I've never experienced a leader that was 100% perfect, but the great ones had the humility to acknowledge when they fell down.

Kiron
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And, remember that it is quite possible that leaders that look ordinary today will be seen as extraordinary (in hindsight) a few years from now
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Books about leadership focus on the ideal leader, that is the point of these book I would assume. The reality is that people have choice and exhibit varying degrees of good and bad leadership.
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I have seen more managers than leaders . Quite a few have this trait of letting go(leading not controlling) and let their employees make decisions . it might be easier said than done to delegate authority and let team members make mistakes and learn from them.
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Thanks everyone for sharing perspectives they've all been helpful.
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Fortunately, my professional life has been splashed with excellent leadership examples. I learn from everyone - what to be....and what not to be. When you have the privilege of working with an excellent leader - it can be very empowering. When you work closely with leaders who do not embody positive leadership skills, it can be disappointing - but again, I have learned from those leaders too!
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1 reply by Gavin Singh
Nov 20, 2018 11:49 AM
Gavin Singh
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Hi Lori: At first I was disappointed having worked with leaders lacking in some key areas; however, as you say, I've realized I can still learn a lot from them as well.
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Nov 20, 2018 11:35 AM
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Fortunately, my professional life has been splashed with excellent leadership examples. I learn from everyone - what to be....and what not to be. When you have the privilege of working with an excellent leader - it can be very empowering. When you work closely with leaders who do not embody positive leadership skills, it can be disappointing - but again, I have learned from those leaders too!
Hi Lori: At first I was disappointed having worked with leaders lacking in some key areas; however, as you say, I've realized I can still learn a lot from them as well.

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