After arriving at Pine Lake Camp yesterday evening it was great to reconnect with Carol and Charles as they led forward the Western Canada Leadership Development Initiative. It was good to hear the comments of those in the program as they attempted articulate the intense week of learning. I was reminded of my own experience as I emerged from the first ELDP and tried to put into practise those things which would bring greater effectiveness to my own leadership.
At the beginning of each of these courses the delegates are asked to identifiy their leadership challenges. Even though this has been a nation-wide event and the delegates have come from every level of leadership within The Salvation Army, the identified challenges are always similar. As I viewed the list again this week I was reminded that leadership is challenging.
Norm Schwarzkopf once said, “Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
One of my favourite sayings is “Leadership is not above you, it’s within you.” The ability of a leader to accept or own his own circumstances is critical to developing character – or at least demonstrating character. Leaders who deflect ownership demonstrate a lack of emotional maturity.
This morning I met many great leaders who are developing and are committed to life long learning. Is there a better sign of leadership?