Principles of Good Leadership (Part 2 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.

4.         Leadership means SERVICE.

  • See leadership as only a job, like any other.
  • Leadership means giving service, not receiving it.
  • Humility is more important in a leader than any medal for achievement.
  • Humility is self-honesty.
  • See God as the doer.  View your work as service to him.

5.         Good Leadership means LOYALTY.

  • Work with people as they are, not as you would like them to be.
  • Work with things as they are, not as you would like them to be.
  • Be patient.  Understand that it takes time to bring people to new points of view.
  • To win loyalty, be loyal yourself, first.
  • To win love, first give love, yourself.
  • In correcting someone, consider first his readiness to hear what you have to say.
  • Be loyal to your own, first.

6.         Good Leadership is INTUITION GUIDED BY COMMON SENSE.

  • The wise leader is more concerned with what IS than what ought to be.
  • He is concerned more with what will work than with mere opinions, even his own.
  • He is more concerned with truth than with being thought right.
  • A wise leader convinces by sound reason, or by magnetism of his own conviction but not by the mere outward authority of his position or past experience.
  • Discriminating supporters need to be cultivated, not merely impressed.
  • Be wary of supporting your proposals on intuitive grounds alone.  Try to present your ideas in such a way as to invite intelligent response.
  • Always be guided by common sense.
  • Common sense is the willingness to learn from experience.

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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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