KWSM Leadership Course | What Makes A Good Leader? 

“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”

  • Harry S. Truman

In KWSM’s 12 week leadership program, my perception of who and what makes a good leader changed. We often think of leaders as strong and outspoken, but it seems the person that speaks the loudest doesn’t necessarily make the best leader. There are several qualities that go into leadership, and one of the most important is “self governance.”

Self governance can be defined as the act of having control and awareness over your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Leaders who practice self governance do not make rash decisions based on their initial feelings or past experiences. Instead, this type of leader takes a moment to analyze the situation and make a decision that best addresses the issue. 

A leader who practices self governance is someone that also thinks about their team as a whole and how they can best support them. This frame of mind is called “extreme ownership” and is another important piece of leadership. When a leader practices extreme ownership, they help their team in any way possible. There is no such thing as, “this is not my job” in extreme ownership; this type of leader takes responsibility for the outcome whether good or bad.

After reflecting on KWSM’s 12 week leadership program, I realized the importance of utilizing these tools on a daily basis. Self governance and extreme ownership are really the pillars of leadership. These practices require you to listen, reflect, and ultimately act in a way that produces the best outcome for the team.

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