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Leadership Traits: Bearing

Thusfar we’ve covered 8 of the 15 Leadership Traits.  We now have 7 left, which brings us to …

Bearing … the word implies the direction in which an object is moving.  You can tell the direction an object is moving by external indicators.  You can quickly tell the general direction a car or boat is moving by which way the nose is pointed.

A persons bearing is also expressed by external indicators … clothing, posture, gait, speech, hygiene, attitude.  Although we have been conditioned not to prejudge a book by it’s cover, the blurb on the back still tells what the book is about.  Much the same as the book, or the car and the boat, our external indicators are expressions of internal influences … our content.

Who are you, and for what do you stand?  These may not be as plain as the nose on your face, but will show in the words you chose to use, the cloths you wear, the people with whom you associate, your mannerisms.  Your ideals, and morals are discernable, as are your direction and motives.

The importance of Bearing as a Leadership Trait is that leaders need to be followable.  The forklift driver needs to know that the ideals, and morals of the supervisor are such that they can get through the work day safely, and productively.  The forklift driver isn’t going to come up and ask.

Subsequently, the supervisor needs to know that the ideals, and morals of the project manager are such that they can get through the day safely, and productively.  The supervisor isn’t going to come up and ask.

And then the project manager needs to know that the ideals, and morals of the site executive are such that they can get through the day safely, and productively.  The project manager isn’t going to come up and ask.

So the site executive needs to know that the ideals, and morals of the chief executive are such that they can get through the day safely, and productively.  The site executive isn’t going to come up and ask.

Till next time, set your ideals, and morals where you want them to be.  They show up on your sleeve where you can’t hide them for very long, and, remember, you are fantastic.

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