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Five Elements of Authentic Leadership

In Ancient oriental Philosophy, wood, fire, earth, metal, water are five basic substances in nature movements, all five elements of nature could be integrated into the contemporary leadership and management essential.
Five Elements of Nature to Define the Authentic  Leadership
Wood – Means doing good things with elegance and personality. By nature, wood need grow and sprout in the Spring, Same as “Wood style” of leadership, blossom with innovation, inspiration and influence,  to lead via nature, not via brute force.
Fire –On behalf of propriety, self-esteem, mix humanity with humility,    “Fire-Up” Summer style leadership will lead with passion, sincerity, vision and mission, perception with great presentation.
Earth—or Soil stand for gentle temperament but confidence and honesty. “down-to-earth” style leadership means great attitude, taken responsibility, the listening skills and nature connection and engagement.
Gold—On behalf of justice with strong temperament,  “rule of gold” means equality, you should treat others as you want to be treated, gold could also mean the autumn, harvest, to deliver the sustainable result, with measurement culture, the incentive and rewards to the contribution.
Water –On behalf of the flowing wisdom,  the insightful observation, the analytic prediction, and the art of good management practices.  Water may also mean Winter, the knowledge accumulation, the energy re-charging and long term sustainability.
Also be said that benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom and trust of the Five Elements
are the substance to achieve the Level Five leadership Mr. Jim Colin defined:
The person who knows how to build enduring greatness through paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will:
1) Drive for sustained results: The difference between the Level 5 and other leaders is that they are driven to produce sustainable results for their organizations. The idea is that level five leaders create long term sustainable change.
2) Set up successors for success: Level 5 leaders are generally more interested in the success of the organization than there own personal success. They want to leave a lasting legacy of an organization that continues to prosper. They are self confident enough to hire competent people (get the right people on the bus) and then delegate.
3) Modesty: Should demonstrate compelling humility. They act with quite, calm determination; and rely on inspired standards, not inspiring charisma, to motivate.
4) Take responsibility: Level 5 leaders stand out because they take responsibility when things go wrong. They do not look to blame others when things do not work out as expected. In addition, they rarely seek to take credit for things that go right, generally seeking to attribute the success to other factors.
5) Organization focus: The ambition of the Level 5 leader is first and foremost on the organization. Their desire for success for the organization that they lead far outweighs their drive for personal rewards.

In Ancient oriental Philosophy, wood, fire, earth, metal, water are five basic substances in nature movements, all five elements of nature could be integrated into the contemporary leadership and management essential.

Five Elements of Nature to Define the Authentic  Leadership

Wood – Means doing good things with elegance and personality. By nature, wood need grow and sprout in the Spring, Same as “Wood style” of leadership, blossom with innovation, inspiration and influence,  to lead via nature, not via brute force.

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Leadership Model – Abraham Lincoln

abraham-lincoln-picture.jpgPresident Jimmy Carter tells in his memoirs that a trip to Gettysburg and a discussion about Abraham Lincoln helped achieve a breakthrough in the Camp David negotiations.

The Israelis and the Egyptians had reached a deadlock. President Carter suggested that all the participants take a day off and visit Gettysburg, which was just a few miles from Camp David. The ground rules forbade that they discuss the peace talks.

Sadat, Begin, and Carter rode together with Carter sitting between the two heads of state. To Carter’s surprise, the military men on both sidesа knew a great deal about Gettysburg because they had studied the battles in their military schools. Begin was particularly moved to be able toа stand in the spot where Lincoln delivered his famous address, a speech that Begin considered “one of the best and simplest speeches everаmade.”

Barriers began to come down between the two sides, and the next day negotiations resumed that eventually led to the Camp David Accords. (Jimmy Carter, “Keeping Faith. Memoirs of a President,” 1982, pp. 370-372)

Gene Griessman has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world asking the question: “What makes people great?” Continue reading