Becoming a B.E.S.T. Leader
By Gail Whitaker, DM, Director of Business and Management Graduate Programs
Often, leadership is attributed to personal and professional success. But what defines a great leader? Opinions on this vary from source to source. In my experience, great leaders practice the B.E.S.T. principles:
Boldness: Great leaders stand up for what they believe. They are willing to be unpopular to do what is best, ethically and morally.
Educate: Leaders teach, coach and develop others. They inspire, mentor and empower those around them to excel and reach their potential, developing others to use their knowledge, gifts and talents helps to influence and shape individuals and organizations. Most important, they know there is no success without successors.
See the whole: The best leaders see the big picture, which enables them to view challenges as opportunities. When others see limited financial and people resources, leaders see innovative ways to do more with less. When others see mountains and hurdles, leaders see an organizational vision that can overtake any obstacle. These leaders don’t “miss the forest for the trees.” They are strategic thinkers adept at connecting and synchronizing disparate pieces of the organization to support the whole.
Teachable: Great leaders are teachable. They learn from their successes and failures. They are always open to learn from others and value feedback from those around them. They are humbled by the vast knowledge and collective experience of their staff. These leaders never stop learning and are always on the path of self-development.
Leadership doesn’t happen overnight. Rather, it is developed over a lifetime, which is good reason to get started now. Start by assessing your B.E.S.T. leadership qualities. Are you striving to the B.E.S.T. leader you can be?
Gail Whitaker, DM, is the Director of Business and Management Graduate Programs at Colorado Technical University. She has over 25 years of management training and is committed to helping students achieve their goals through education. Watch Dr. Whitaker’s CTU Story to learn more.
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