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pillars2A well respected senior university leader, talking to a group of undergraduate students, suggested the following twelve “leadership characteristics”.  Here we go:

  1. Be authentic – the authentic person is reliable because their inner values and motivations are clear.
  2. Be willing to consider the “big picture” – look beyond your immediate circumstance and consider the organization as a whole.
  3. Inspire others to “dream big” 
  4. Understand the mission and values of your organization
  5. Show integrity – demonstrate respect, fairness and honesty
  6. Don’t be afraid to show your passion
  7. Be creative and nimble – figure out the goal and provide solutions on how we might get there
  8. Be around people who are different and have different ideas
  9. Be a “non-anxious” presence in the time of crisis
  10. Communicate – you cannot over-communicate
  11. Be a good listener
  12. Focus your efforts on the mission and vision of your organization

A major focus of this discussion was the importance of being a positive force in regard to organizational initiatives and institutional change.     More on this later!

– from the pen of Dr. Percy Trappe

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3rd Grade Wisdom

Simple-things-e1306334255254-455x281“I’m thankful for bumps on the road because it means that there is a road in the first place.”

my son – third grade

– from the pen of Dr. Percy Trappe

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