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Good Leaders Put Others First

by Raymond L. ‘Bunny’ Oakes, III

 

I truly believe that the main reason we are put on this earth is to serve others and make the world a better place. We have all heard the term, “born leader.” The many traits of a good leader vary from one person to another, but most share a common drive in the workplace under the heading of “good work ethic.”

Leaders who have a good work ethic are excited to be there every day. They look forward to the promise of a new day and all the opportunities it might bring. Their optimism for their work is infectious. They lead by example; they build strong teams and do whatever they need to do to help the team be successful.

Good leaders are confident in their mission, whether it is easy or not so easy to accomplish; however, good leaders are also quick to admit when a wrong decision has been made. Good leaders share successes and failures with their team. They are also accountable for the performance of others and strive to help everyone in the organization overcome obstacles and become the best they can be. They give credit where credit is due and know good team support is a key reason for organizational success.

Good leaders develop relationships and friendships with those they work for and with. They strive daily to become better at all aspects of business and to become a lifelong learner. Having been in the insurance industry for more 35 years, I have tried to make better any situation with our clients. With any situation, there is always room for improvement and every day is an opportunity to get better at what we do.

A good leader stays focused on the goals at hand constantly setting new ones as those are achieved. The road to success is not an easy one, but once one travels it a few times, it is easy to see that good leaders know how to stay focused, but if they fall down, to dust off and get back to work and enjoy the journey.

We should all exhibit leadership skills every day as we go about work and life whether we hold leadership positions or not. It makes the world a better place in which to live.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes about leadership: “Leadership starts and ends with being a servant. One becomes successful by helping others become successful.”

Raymond L. “Bunny” Oakes III is president of the construction division at the TIS Insurance Services Inc. and is a 1998 graduate of Leadership Knoxville, which works to build a stronger Knoxville by developing people and groups, which leads to a greater community.

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