Personal leadership is a topic widely covered in the professional world. A recent Amazon search on “Leadership Books” reported 143,239 titles. I don’t have a way to determine how many articles have been published on this subject, but I would guess it’s an even larger number.\r\n\r\nWhat I want to share in this newsletter is my personal view of the qualities I have seen in effective leaders, within and outside the business world, during my three decades of professional life. Not all qualities may apply to you, but some probably will, either in your professional or personal roles.\r\n\r\nThe common theme I have chosen across this list is balance:\r\n\r\n• Balance between the long and short term: The goal is not a perfect 50-50 balance, but rather the awareness and commitment to looking at both timeframes. Good leaders have a strong sense of where they are headed. They also understand the need to live their priorities 24/7. They are not afraid of making short-term adjustments if they are consistent with their long-term priorities.\r\n• Balance between achieving professional results and building interpersonal relationships: It is rare to find a leader who can achieve results on a consistent basis without the help of others. They practice the principle of being transparent with co-workers, openly and respectfully.\r\n• Balance between hearts and minds: Strong leaders know to aim their messages to either the hearts (emotions) or minds (rational) of their followers, artfully dialing them up and down, depending on the people and situations on the receiving end.\r\n• Balance between deep values and delivery of results: Leaders with a solid value system navigate short-term crises better than those whose primary goal is delivering the quarterly results. Moreover, leaders with high values, such as integrity and service, tend to attract like-minded followers, and vice-versa. I suggest you keep an eye on the value system in your workplace, and consider switching jobs if you do not share the same ones.\r\n• Balance between professional and personal priorities: Being able to achieve professional results while maintaining a personal life is not necessarily a 50-50 proposition. Rather, it is a conscious decision of how the leader’s time and energy will be allocated at a particular time in their lives and how this “work-life balance” will likely evolve over time. It’s not a fixed, one-size-fits-all balance, but it is nevertheless an area of attention for the leader.\r\n\r\nI want to close this newsletter with a quote from the book As We Speak by Peter Meyers and Shann Nix: “When you are trying to influence others, the first person you have to influence is yourself.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Business Consultant, Facilitator, and Professional Coach\r\nwww.cannon.consulting\r\n\r\nPS1: Use this link if you want to buy my book, The Business Apostolate, Insights to Define and Achieve your Mission in Life with a special discount for newsletter readers. Just enter code MU5Z7NLM.\r\nPS2: Use this link to ask questions, post comments, and request topics you would like to see in future issues.\r\nPS3: Use this link to subscribe to future newsletter issues or review previous ones.