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GREAT LEADERS ARE TEACHABLE, NO LEADER KNOWS IT ALL. MARTIN STEVENS FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF PROGRESSION & DEVELOPMENT

MARTIN STEVENS
Founding Director of P.A.D
Progression And Development
Achieving Your Goals Is Our Goal
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Martin Stevens is the Founding Director of Progression And Development (P.A.D) a social enterprise. Started existing in August 2012, the concept was born in Dec 2010 from his New Year’s Resolution.

Martin is a Public Speaker and Life Coach who is passionate about getting the best out of others and helping people to strive towards achieving their goals. He runs a P.A.D workshop on topics including Unlocking Potential, Financial Education, Love & Relationships, Black History, plus Health, Wealth & Wellbeing. Martin also run a P.A.D workshop which is tailored to helping clients Discover who they really are, What they can really do & How they can overcome their challenges to do it. P.A.D events are held locally between Croydon and Streatham, London, and can be followed in many ways.See below

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LEADERSHIP

Whilst it is true that some are made leaders, some are born leaders and some have leadership thrusted upon them, I would like to shed some light from my own perspective on Leadership. And my views come from my life’s experience.There are seven characteristics I would like to highlight that is true of a leader.

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A Leader will be:

1. CREATIVE:

As designed, we humans are amazingly creative beings. We are able to think things into being.We conjure up ideas daily, and if bold enough, we turn our ideas into reality. This is how and why mankind has invented, designed, crafted & produced so much of all the things that we have so far and are still making. Whilst there are many who do not embrace or exercise this ability, it is certainly an attribute that is found among leaders.

2. Detailed:
Paying attention to details is very important to a leader. They tend to think about the things that others forget, over look or less important. For example, if an event is being planned, most of the big things are listed, i.e. The guest speakers to invite, the schedule planning, the marketing strategy to use. But the intricate things such as the speakers facilities, refreshments, dietary requirements, the 7 information points to include in the flyers, etc, an experienced leader will remember and more.

3: SOLUTION MINDED:

When problems arise, a leader will hear the ‘problem’ and rather than focus on blame, they will think more about the solution. This type of mind-set allows for things to keep moving. The longer we focus on the problem is the longer we prevent things from moving forward. In other words, a leader won’t even see it as a ‘problem’, but rather as a ‘challenge’, believing that there is a solution to everything in time.

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4. PURPOSE DRIVEN:

A leader will believe that they are the right person for the task, capable of bringing about a positive result to the task. They will have a vision of how they see things improving and strive towards this end. Essentially, they embrace the task and take responsibility in making things work.

5. SELFLESS / BOOSTING OTHERS:

There are different types of leaders, just as there are different ways to lead, that said, some leaders lead in undesirable and difficult ways. Some leaders lack in social skills, some are not good with communicating with people, and this can hinder a leader from being labelled as a good leader, however, a great leader will have the ability empower others, encouraging them to grow under their tutorage without feeling fearful about their own position being compromised.

6. WILLING TO SERVE:

‘High-minded’ is not a desirable attribute for a leader. If a leader sees a task as being ‘beneath them’, the implications of this display of aloofness does not inspire followers to want to work under them or for them. It may inspire others to have that same mind-set, but that just means that they then become a person that no-one else would like to work with or under. A good leader should be willing and able to do most or all delegated tasks, if needs be.

7. WILLING TO LEARN:

Finally, a great leader will know that they do not know everything, but are always teachable. A leader will develop themselves regularly though reading books and watching relevant videos. There is also wisdom in considering, then embracing new information from those whom you are leading. You warm their heart and win them over with working effectively for and with you. Also, knowing that everything cannot and should not all be done by one person, it is wise to give kudos to those team members who deserve it.

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