1. Proactive leaders are cautious without becoming paralyzed by the potential downside of action. They pursue their goals continuously but incrementally, testing/evaluating progress toward the goal. This approach assures movement toward the goal without exposing the organization to unnecessary and avoidable jeopardy. They don't play it safe but do play it cautiously.
2. Proactive leaders focus most of their time and energy on organizational stability and goal attainment. They minimize time and energy absorbed by worrying about unlikely contingencies and maintaining the status quo.
3. Proactive leaders make decisions and take action thoughtfully but quickly. They don't delay or postpone decisions or actions, try to avoid or defer doing what needs to be done, and they don't hesitate or proceed reluctantly. Their actions and reactions aren't impulsive or ill-considered. They are, instead, decisive and timely.
4. Proactive leaders have a high tolerance for and acceptance of differing personalities, traits and characteristics, personal styles, individual values and beliefs, and for the idiosyncrasies of people. Similarly, they easily manage fluctuations in people's moods, points of view, and interests. Alternatively, they have little tolerance for sub-standard work, less than complete attention to the task at hand, or lackluster performance. They always give their best effort and expect others to do the same.
5. Proactive leaders accept people as is. Their goal isn't to change anyone. Rather, they focus on encouraging and facilitating in ways that enable each individual to achieve optimal performance within the context of their skills, abilities, and interests. Concurrently, they expect people to expand and improve their capacities and are ready to help with that process however they can, within the resources and constraints of the organization. People aren't expected to change but are expected to grow and develop as organizational participants.
6. Proactive leaders demonstrate their respect for and are pleased by the successes and accomplishments of others. The key here is twofold. They both respect the achievements of others and actively demonstrate that respect and the pleasure they experience when others do well.
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