While many believe that the biggest hurdle organizations face is finding experienced leadership, my four decades of identifying, qualifying, developing, training, and consulting with thousands of actual and / or potential leaders have convinced me that the real challenge is finding leaders you are not shortsighted! A myopic leader stifles his effectiveness by unwilling to see beyond the limitations of his comfort zone. These individuals simply want to be clones of those who came before them, rarely innovating and using much of their energy, trying not to alter the status quo! They are often overwhelmed with today's challenges and seek band-aid solutions, rather than considering the long-term impacts and / or ramifications. One of the needs, the nominating committees and the electorate, often face, is to identify and elect a leader, who has a FORECAST!

1. Fundamentals; Foreseeable future: As with so many activities today, in the rush for a quick fix, there is often not enough emphasis or time spent on developing and properly utilizing the fundamentals. When a leader is adequately and sufficiently prepared, he is better able to use quality judgment, wisely, and combine thoughtful consideration of issues with a commitment to take timely and thoughtful action. Your final decision considers not only present needs, but ramifications, relevance, and sustainability for the foreseeable future as well!

2. Organized; Options: When you are properly prepared, you proceed in an organized and well-planned manner. This allows you, without prejudice and / or prejudice, to consider options and alternatives.

3. Relevant: Remember, effective leadership is never just about doing something, but about proceeding with relevant actions!

4. Empathy: If you are leading others, you must be fully committed to addressing their needs, priorities, etc., and addressing their perceptions and concerns. Be an empathetic leader!

5. Sustainable system: You are never a meaningful leader, until / unless you perceive, create, develop and implement a relevant, well-designed, meaningful and sustainable system!

6. Ideas: Too often, we simply witness well-meaning people, proceeding, in the same way, always, in the same way, refusing to address the need to evolve and grow! A leader must present, articulate, and motivate constituents effectively, for the quality and meaning of their ideas!

7. Generate goodwill; Growth: Unless you generate goodwill, not by your rhetoric and / or promises, but by your direction and actions, you are not a true leader! Groups must experience steady growth, or they will rarely be sustainable!

8. Head / heart; healing: rhetoric / empty promises, and / or blaming and complaining, is not leading! Leaders with foresight realize that they must be healers, and to do so, there must be a balance between logic and emotion, which I refer to as the balance between the head and the heart.

9. Timely; trendsetter: You are not a leader if you simply copy what others have done! Consider history, etc., completely, understand it, but keep in mind that a true leader must be a trendsetter. Proceed with thoughtful and timely action, and always keep the potential ramifications in mind. https://lkyspp.nus.edu.sg/executive-education/detail/futures-masterclass...

You can stay in your comfort zone, worry about current obstacles, and be a myopic leader. Or you can be a real leader, considering what needs to be done, recognizing the potential ramifications, and proceeding with FOREIGNTY and understanding!

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Generate goodwill; Growth: Unless you generate goodwill, not by your rhetoric and / or promises, but by your direction and actions, you are not a true leader! Groups must experience steady growth, or they will rarely be sustainable!