by: Jerry Whitaker
Do you have to have a certain DNA for leadership? I don’t think so, let me explain. Leadership is something that can be learned. Anyone can be a leader. It doesn’t matter your social status, sex, race or national origin. All it takes is a belief in yourself and a commitment to long term goals that will help others get what they want.
There is a DNA that is required for leaders to follow:
Determination, to make the tough decisions and humility to admit when you are wrong. The willingness to hire and promote from within even if it means you will not be the one to get the credit.
Negotiation, that allows for all sides of an issue to be freely expressed and heard. If everyone feels their opinion is valued, the entire organization will grow because a true team effort is not only encouraged, but modeled by it’s leader.
Analysis, of each situation that allows the best decision to be made. Each decision needs to reflect the values of the organization. By focusing values versus egos, decisions will reflect the team versus opinion. Opinions can change, values never do.
So any leader that has the courage to follow this type of DNA will be one that others will want to follow. This leadership style will reflect the team and allow for others to become leaders.
Take time to check your leadership DNA, it is worth the investment…
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About the author:
Jerry joined Acrisure in July of 2010 as an investor with over 25 years of commercial and employee benefit insurance experience, specializing in large contractors, large property management companies, surety, Captive Insurance Programs, Alternative Risk Financing and Professional Employment Organizations. Jerry brings strategic risk management that focuses on the true costs of risk, then attacks the cost drivers within the insurance program and uses risk management to mitigate risk for his clients. His expertise is on the effects of wellness on workers’ compensation, disability and employee benefits. Jerry graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1984 with a BS in Business Marketing and Minor in Communication and Economics. He earned the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1995 and the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) in 2006, and is a member of the Risk Insurance Management Association (RIMS).