#leadership by not swearing


It is one of those terms that there are a million different interpretations for. Similar to quality. For me, Leadership has always come down to five main abilities. Rather than me describe them, here are five quotes that I feel capture the essence of the five abilities.

1) Ability to Inspire

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

2) Diplomacy

Diplomacy is more than saying or doing the right things at the right time, it is avoiding saying or doing the wrong things at any time.

3) Ability to always remain calm in the face of pressure

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves

4) Courage to listen and accommodate

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

5) Ability to create a Shared Vision of success and influencing the team to travel there together. Never directing or telling.

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea

Why am I mentioning this?

In Canada, there has been two recent occurrences of politicians using profanity recently. Some people have spoken out against this while others have respected their ‘passion’ and how they respect leaders with ‘passion’. I feel we must be careful to not confuse a lack of decorum, control, and restraint with passion. The ends do not justify the means. Just because we believe our cause to be noble, does not allow us to use any means necessary to be used to achieve it.

One more thing

One thing not mentioned previously about leadership is the commitment to the team. Besides the Shared Vision of success, I feel leaders also nurture a Shared Vision of the team. They nurture individual and team growth as the team creates the solution. At the end of it, the team has created a solution and a greater team.

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves

As leaders, if we let ourselves be angry we have essentially put ourselves in front of the team. And the truth.

Author: Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio is passionate about his work as the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry oversees the governance on Information Technology projects to make sure the most important projects are being worked on in a consistent and effective way. Terry also provides leadership on the customized Project Methodology that is followed. The Project Methodology is a equal mix of Prince2, Agile, Traditional, and Business Value. Terry strives to bring Brutal Visibility, Eliminating Information islands, Right Sizing Documentation, Promoting Collaboration and Role-Based Non-Consensus, and short Feedback Loops to Minimize Inventory to the Agile Project Management Office. As a fan of pragmatic Agile, Terry always tries to determine if we can deliver value as soon as possible through iterations. As a practical Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional and Agile approaches. Terry is a fan of AWE (Agile With Estimates), the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why?

One thought on “#leadership by not swearing”

  1. This is a good one Terry – I particularly like this one: “In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves”


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