Byron K Mason
Class of 1974
Class President 1973-74
What is leadership? Each of us believes we have a good idea about what it means to be a good leader, but when it comes to defining the concept, the picture is not so clear. For some, leadership is motivation, for others, it equals results, for others it is an inspiration.
Leading means having a vision and sharing it with others. Only when you get to inspire others, it is possible to share a common goal toward which to direct the efforts and dedication of the entire team. What is your vision?
Through motivation, the leader channels the energy and professional potential of their coworkers, in order to achieve the objectives.
The leader is at the service of the team.
One of the basic qualities of any leader seeking success is precisely emotional intelligence.
Good leaders are able to create an environment that will encourage all the members of their team to develop their skills and imagination. If you want to lead successfully, respect the creativity of others and learn from the people around you; their ideas will surely prove to be positive for you.
A good leader sets the bar high for their people. Only a demanding leader will achieve great results. In addition to this thoroughness, the leader must know how to listen in order to know the needs of the people, and then provide the necessary time and resources for them to do their job properly, and therefore meet what is demanded of them.
The leader must be at the forefront to lead and guide their team throughout the whole process until the goal is reached. But besides being that “torchbearer”, leaders also know when to step back and make their team take the initiative.
8. TEAM BUILDING
True leadership is about working in a team to reach a common goal. People management is one of the most difficult tasks faced by leaders. Thanks to the positive attitude, essential in good leaders, and the trust in their workmates, people get better results. Team-aware leaders take responsibility when something is wrong, and reward the group after a job well done.
9. TAKING RISKS
The leader is the one responsible for taking the risks that others are not willing to take. They are confident enough to make a decision and if they make a mistake, the leader must have the courage to rectify, assume their guilt and take the right path, without blaming it on the team. Good leaders know how to get ahead of their time, they see opportunities where others can’t know how to spread the enthusiasm for their vision to try to make it real.
True leadership seeks continuous improvement. Leaders have the ability to turn the people in their teams into stars, people who have improved and developed their skills through the influence of their leader. Leadership is the attitude assumed by those looking for something different who are
1. Stakeholder Inclusion
Trust, Accountability, Impact
2. Justice, Humility, Compassion
3. Mission & Purpose, Task Focus, Integrity
5. Intellect & Insight
Knowledge, Critical Thinking, Continuous Learning
6. Ability to Talk
Ability to Listen
8. Result Orientation
In Honor of
Byron K. Mason
First African American Class President
in the history of BRHS 1973-1974