Principles of Good Leadership (Part 1 of 3)

This article written by John S. Jones, Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter State of NY Royal Arch Masons 2007.  The article is presented in 3 segments.

1.         Good Leadership is not an EGO-TRIP.

The important distinction lies in the direction of one’s flow of energy.  If that flow is focused inward upon the ego, in the thought of one’s own importance, it becomes contractive and limiting.  If, on the other hand, it is a radiation outward from one’s self it becomes expansive.  The more powerful that outward flow, the more magnetic it will be and ultimately, the more self-transforming.

  • Self-importance in a leader is self-defeating.
  • The spirit of a group reflects the spirit of its leadership.
  • The ego can be either a hindrance or an aid to creativity.  It is an aid if its energy flow is toward the job to be done, rather than inward upon itself.
  • Leadership is not an ego-game.

2.         Good Leadership means RESPONSIBILITY.

  • See leadership not in terms of glamor but of responsibility.
  • Be not so much concerned with the opinions of others as with the truth.
  • Be concerned not with praise or blame nor with your personal reactions but with action, with getting the job done.
  • Concentrate on the longer rhythms in any project, not on temporary ups and downs.
  • Be as ready to accept responsibility for failure as for success.
  • Acceptance of responsibility means accepting the duty to find creative answers even when convention says there are none.

3.         Good Leadership means SETTING ASIDE PERSONAL DESIRES.

  • The true leader puts his personal wishes last, not first.
  • A leader should ask himself in every circumstance, not “What would I like?” but rather, “What do I feel is needed?” and “What is right?”
  • For every problem a good leader should ask himself, “What is trying to happen here?”  One’s skill as a leader is demonstrated by his ability to tune in IMPERSONALLY to the flow of events.
  • Leadership requires openness to the feelings of others and not insensitivity to them in the name of “getting on with the job.”  To a major extent, their welfare is the job.

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District Deputy Grand Master Saratoga-Warren District 1998-2000; Grand Lodge Leadership Services Committee; Leadership Development Course Coordinator; Vice Chairman Grand Master's Educational Task Force; Vice Chairman Grand Lodge Child ID Committee; District Deputy Grand High Priest 14th Capitular District; Grand Master of the 1st Veil 2010; Grand Master 2nd Veil 2011; Grand Master 3rd Veil 2012 Grand Royal Arch Captain 2013 Grand Principal Sojourner 2014 Grand Captain of the Host 2015 Warren County Historical Society Board of Trustees; Queensbury Masonic Historical Society Charter Member; State Chairman Lodges & Buildings Committee Deputy Grand Master's Advisory Committee
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